Yeah, I know there’s a lot going on nowadays about the wedding.
But don’t think I haven’t forgotten about next year.
Because next Sunday — the day after the wedding — my former (and hopefully future) coach is toeing the pro line of Ironman Arizona. And I’ve been reading about it and checking the course descriptions out and getting some insight.
And I’ve been seriously thinking about doing it in 2009.
There are a lot of pro’s. Some of them look like this…
2.Friendly with spectators and bloggy buddies
3.A destination Michael seems to be jazzed about
4.A “Ironman” brand*
5.It’s do able for me. Timing, terraine, etc.
There are, of course, the con’s. Like these…
1.Travel costs are a bitch (like $1500 with a bike)
2.The lodging costs are ALSO a bitch (haven’t even looked yet…upwards of $500? More? Sigh.)
3.Yeah…can’t really think of more.
So, I’m thinking. If my only reasons for not doing a race that is otherwise ideal is money…well, maybe I can plan ahead for that. Maybe I can do some freelance grant writing on the side, or sell my road bike, or something.
Anyway, point being is that money can be solved. Motivation, health, timing, etc…well that kind of stuff can’t even be bought. And I have those things now.
So…yeah. I may be signing up for another race in about a week.
(* As for the IM brand discussion from before. I’ve decided that if I have any hesitation (e.g., will a non-IM iron distance quiet the voices in my head?), I need to just pull the trigger and get the IM done. Those who I’ve talked to who see little difference between the two types of races are also those who came easily to their conclusion. As Brent suggests, might as well avoid the repeated caveat of “iron-distance, not IM.” I’m considering this concluded for now. Go red or go home.)