my “A” race for the year. I’m training for Ironman Florida, my third consecutive IMFL, and I’m just not feeling the love anymore. I like the training sessions. That’s not it. Our relationship has just lost that spark lately.
I blame the swim. Both years the swim has been rather unpleasant. I swam fine and my time was fine, but it was not fun. The thought of standing on the beach again is turning me off.
Adding to my desire to leave this relationship is an old flame that I keep thinking about. I’ve done the Disney Half Marathon, but couldn’t do the full marathon the year I signed up for it. I would really like to do the Goofy Challenge, and registration is still open. I had thought I would do it in 2016, but if I drop from IMFL now, I would have enough time to be ready for 2015.
I would still keep biking and swimming, but would switch to an off-season mode after my half iron next weekend. That would give me more of an off season before I start training for Boulder 70.3 in February.
I don’t know what to do! Mike will still race, so I’ll still be at IMFL. Will I be on the beach wishing I was racing? Or glad that I dropped? Any relationship has ups and downs. I’m 22 weeks into training. Should I just stick it out?
It’s not that training is going poorly. It’s fine. I’m biking, swimming, and running just fine. I have no reason to drop. What should I do!? I can’t imagine the Goofy Challenge registration will be open much longer. I need to decide!
Out of 30 weeks so more than half way there. This week was a whopper since I had my half iron last weekend, plowed straight into this week with only Monday off, and coached 4 times. I ended up with 17 hours of training, including 48 run miles, 94 bike miles, and 6.4 miles in the pool.
The race pictures still aren’t up from last weekend, but a friend took this one of my wave start. I put an arrow so you could see me. Where’s Waldo?
There were 100 people in my swim wave, which I think is too many. And this from a person who did the mass start at IMFL twice. It’s a local half iron. I don’t want to be in the water with 100 other people at the exact same moment. I wish they would have twice as many waves. Are we really in that big of a hurry to get everyone started? Just my opinion.
Did you see that IM Louisville is now going to be in October for 2015?
Well, I think it’s pretty interesting because I’ve been considering doing IM Wisconsin next year which is in September. I think the Louisville course sounds more appealing to me, but Louisville in the summer can be crazy hot. October, though, that sounds pretty good.
As far as bike course elevations,
Here is Wisconsin:
Here is Louisville:
The Louisville run course is flatter and is very similar to the Kentucky Derby Marathon that I did in April. I liked the course a lot.
I’m pretty interested! The sign up is after the August race, so really only 3 or 4 weeks to decide if I want to do it. Hmmm… ExitRowIron, do you have any thoughts on this?
runningthegoodrace said: How did y'all decide to do IMFL? Wisconsin is closer!!
Wisconsin is closer! And really hilly! And Mike has done it already and isn’t hot about going back again. There are several factors involved, from timing of the races to other personal stuff. I would like to do it, though, and at some point I think it will work out to make it happen. Thanks for asking!