What’s an Ironman?
For those of you already thinking What the heck is an Ironman? click here to learn more about this 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run triathlon event! The one I am officially signing up tomorrow for is Coeur d’Alene! My half Ironman (aka a 70.3) will be a LOCAL race in Oceanside, CA! I’m so excited to have a plan in place! My first sprint is this Sunday (yes, my first one), my triathlon books are in the mail, and I am ready to seriously ramp up my training. This IS happening! All within 1 year! Am I crazy??
Four of us are working to complete this goal together: my amazing boyfriend, Jeremy, my great friend and blogger, Nicole, and her wonderful boyfriend (who has already completed 1 Ironman), Mike. We make a great team, and I look forward to this support system. I don’t know how I’d do it without them. I think I’d go crazy doing 4-6 hour training rides alone!
Triathlons are expensive. This is not a cheap sport, and an Ironman is the most expensive event of them all. It costs $600+ to sign up for the race. That doesn’t include transportation (flights, rental cars, etc), lodging, and all the equipment needed. Check out my first road bike I recently purchased! (I saved $500 so didn’t feel TOO bad about the cost of carbon fiber….)
Why? Why? Why?
Why would I want to subject myself to this? The answer is simple. I want to be an Ironman. I want to hear the announcer say “Asia Simonelli. You are an Ironman!” when I cross the finish line, hopefully with a big smile on my face.