Not exactly a Michael Jordan-esque proclamation of "I'm Back" when he came back from his first retirement, I am nonetheless, extremely excited to be making my Ironman 70.3 debut this June in Boise. I will be racing as part of the Idaho Team Beef to show what athletes who live a healthy lifestyle while balancing their diet with Beef can do on the athletic stage. Heck, I have been doing it for years now already!
While I know I will be nowhere near as prepared as I would like to be for this race, as I will just be getting fitted for my bike next week and have done next to no cycling in my life, I knew the time was right. I have recently begun swimming again trying to regain the form which made me fairly competitive in high school (5:15 500-yard freestyle) all while continuing to run, do book signings, speeches and my normal litany of travel. Hitting the pool has been extremely hard given I have not and will not be home for a single weekend until mid-April at the earliest but it is challenges like this that I thrive on.
With one confirmed Olympic distance tri schedule for May 1st at St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL and another tentatively schedule three weeks after that, I know I will be taking a crash course in all things triathlon very soon. And while I know I have my work cut out for me (some of the leaders ran half marathon times I would be happy to run in a half-marathon alone!) I have every intention on making a splash!
Hope to see you in the City of Trees in June!