Triathlon in the Future?

Triathlon in the Future?

So, this weekend I was able to take a ride to St. George, Utah for the ironman championship in St. George.  Let me start by saying that as soon as I stepped out of the car, it was 96 degrees!  This was at 3 in the afternoon, a time when most of the athletes were transitioning from the bike to the run or on their first leg of the run.  So hot, so crazy!  I spent a few hours watching as the athletes crossed the finish line, thinking "How long would I have to train to compete in my first triathlon?" The answer I arrived at was, well, probably a good amount of time.  Having only competed in a couple half marathons, I think I need to look at baby steps first.  To compete in one of these events would be new and exciting!  Having done powerlifting competitions, races from 5Ks to half marathons, this type of event would be a great challenge for me!  And right now, I am brainstorming what it is I need to do to make it happen.  Lots and lots of work :-)  

So, as I continued to watch both men and women cross the finish, 9 hours, 10 hours, 11 hours, I realized it would be a great deal of stress.  The types of people ranged from the fittest athelte to the average joe who seemed like they were trying this for the first time.  MANY of them became ironmen and women and it was amazing for each one!  There is something that hits you when you watch these people and think of what they have been through for the past 10 hours of their life.  Non stop pushing themselves and stressing their body to achieve a feat that only few people achieve.   I am feeling like this can be my next endeavor, one that will take me into the next year and maybe then some.  To complete a triathlon would be one of the greatest accomplishments I would have in my life up to this point.  As the thoughts race through my mind and the trial training begins, the question of if I have what it takes lingers in my mind.  

Do I have what it takes??

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