Friday, March 02, 2007

What's In A Name?

I had a scary realization last night.

I'm doing Wildflower in about 2 months. When I think "Wildflower", I think of how everyone is saying what an awesome party it's going to be. I think of camping and hippies and marshmallows. But there's also a triathlon going on. And it's a 1/2 Ironman distance. And one of the more difficult half-Ironman-distance courses.

"Wildflower Long Course" sounds fun. "Half-Ironman" sounds really hard. Maybe I should start training a bit more.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've moved up into another league, it's time to spread your wings and embrace it. You run marathons, you do 100 mile bike rides, you swim well. Heck maybe you don't do all of these things on the same day, but you're ready. Ready to not think "long course" but to think "Half-Ironman".

Tim

3:40 PM  
Blogger Iradoman said...

Just don't think too much, the best approach is to get out and log lots of miles, focus on quality workouts, and make sure you can handle some pain too.... You'll need that, but it should be fun! Fun, pain >>== haven.... LOL
Iradoman

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Long Course at Wildflower" sounds even tougher than Half-Ironman! Don't worry - it's gonna be a great time. And the swim only FEELS like it's up hill!!!
-gerald

5:36 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

If u did a 4 hr bike + 2 hr run, aerobic wise u are good to go for a HIM.

I heard Wildflower is hilly too. Best bet is to do some hill riding where u live :).

I don' tworry about the run b/c the worst case is walking...(or crawling) :)

4:48 AM  
Blogger Iron Pol said...

At least you're saying "train more" instead of "start training."

Besides, you've got those new wheels...

I don't know if this is ominous, but my word verification is "detour."

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you had this realization......

Not only is it a very tough course, specially the run, but weather can throw you for a loop too. It can be hot, very hot, cold, rain, etc...

Training more is not always the answer. It is how you train and what you do that matters. Simulating the kind of course and challenges you will face a WF in training will be important. So, stop running and biking flats. Hit the hills, do some high intensity interval workouts and make sure some of your training sessions are very tough. Challenge yourself during training, then challenges in the race becomes easier to face. Just going long is not a challenge, going hard under tough conditions is something else.

Jon

3:02 PM  
Blogger Iradoman said...

Train hard not smart..... do that you'll PB your marathon at 3:28 :)

3:43 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Half Iron sounds really good. Go get you some!

6:37 PM  
Blogger No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

First of all: think less, train more. Secondly: if you feel nervous about the "Half Ironman", then just concentrate on training for the "Wildflower Long Course". Then, when you finish you can brag about how you did the "Half Ironman" and enjoy the gasps of awe you get afterwards. Try to think of it this way: the longer the course, the more time you get to enjoy it and the more memories you'll take away.

7:16 AM  
Blogger TRI Vortex said...

So are going to be in the RVs or tents? Wait, isn't the half on the second day? So that means no sleep before because of the parties. Good luck to you and everyone in the blog-o-sphere going out there.

9:39 PM  

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