Friday, July 13, 2007

¿Dónde están las patatas?

I feel sick.

I spent a lot of time debating which Ironman to do next year. Coeur d'Alene was the right choice. The timing, the location, the course... It was a good decision. The wildcard option was to do Brazil a month earlier with some people from my Tri-Team. I wasn't sure who was doing Brazil, but at the time it was all Ironman Veterans, and some fairly hard-core ones at that. Great guys, but it would have been difficult trying to train with them. And the thought of a 12-hour plane ride to do a race just pushed it over the edge.

Today we had a Tri Team informational lunch meeting for people who were interested in doing Ironman Brazil. I like to support all of our events, so I went. I expected there would be 4 or 5 of us there, and maybe 1 person would sign up. Boy, was I misguided. We had at least 25 people. 10 of them are on the "short list" of people who are pretty much ready to lay down the cash and register. There are probably another 10 who are likely to do it as well. Newbies and veterans. Slowpokes and Superstars. And these are some of my favorite people on the team. We could be sending as many as 20 people to Brazil for one spectacular Ironman vacation.

Of course, I'm already registered for Coeur d'Alene. Which means I'll be able to train with them, suffer with them, go through all the misery with them... then miss out on the big pay-off of the Brazil trip.

The thing is I don't WANT to do Brazil. Coeur d'Alene is still the right race for me. But I hate the thought of not sharing equally in their journey. Maybe I should just do Brazil in May and then CDA in June. I should be recovered by then, right?


Blogger GeekGirl said...

Well, I originally commented back in June when you signed up for IMCDA that I was going to come as an IronSherpa/Cheerleader type creature, but I wound up signing up to do it instead. Ulp. So, we're going to have to have a giant blogger party thing.
As for Brazil, why not go down and volunteer? A giant Ironman carnival is worth a 12-hour plan ride, is it not?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Steve S. said...

You're nutz.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmm, Arizona in April, Brazil in May, and then Idaho :-P

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Keep this in mind...the piranha factor.

4:24 PM  
Blogger TRI Vortex said...

I'm with GeekGirl. Since you sweat with them, you might as well watch them bleed. Go cheer them on and be their Iron-Sherpa.

4:42 PM  

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