Many of you know that I am an endorphin junkie. I truly love working out. From running to lifting weights to yoga to swimming, I love it all. If it gets your heart rate up or makes your muscles burn, I have probably tried it. That being said, I am always looking for my next fitness endeavor. Always. About a year ago, I joined Team Challenge and trained all summer for my first ever triathlon. I had never ridden a road bike or swam in the ocean. I was (still am) deathly of open water and fish. And I knew absolutely nothing about the sport.
I completed TriRock San Diego last September and went on to compete in another triathlon a month later. I was hooked on triathlon, but unfortunately, it is very much a summer sport and my training dwindled over the winter. My fitness focus shifted to hot yoga, as I received my 200-hr yoga teacher certification and began attending class 5 times a week.
Around April, I began to get antsy. I needed a new fitness goal. I signed up for the Malibu Triathlon in September, but that didn’t seem like enough. I needed something bigger. Over the past two years, I have struggled with knee problems from running that have kept me in and out of physical therapy and have, frankly, put some of my major fitness goals on hold. But I had been feeling better and something just felt right and I made the terrifying, exciting, monumental decision to sign up for a half ironman.
A half ironman is a triathlon that consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. That is a total of 70.3 miles. (Can you believe that people do FULL IRONMANS?!) Anyway, in April of this year, I signed up for Miami 70.3, which will take place next October.
I hired a coach because I knew I couldn’t complete this endeavor on my own and am currently in my eighth week of training. I will be honest… I am still 100% terrified. My longest triathlon was an Olympic distance (1500 m swim, 20 mi bike ride, 6.2 mi run) and a half ironman is on a whole different level. I have already begun to suffer knee pain and have had to adjust some of my training. I wonder if I am crazy for signing up for such a physically grueling event. I wonder if my body can handle it. I wonder if my mind can.
But that is what life is about. It is about taking huge risks and challenging yourself. I do not believe that at this point I can fail, because I know I will give this training my 100% and if, for some reason, I cannot complete the race, I will still be successful because I TRIED. So today I challenge you all to set a fitness goal that kind of, sort of scares you. It will be terrifying, but the rewards are worth it. I plan to keep you all updated on my training as I continue my journey towards Miami 70.3!