“The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless!” – Dean Karnazes.
So I will be swimming, cycling and running the Ironman 2011 on my 38th birthday. There is nothing more challenging out there than having to race 140.6 miles in a single day.
My training plan formulated, dietry plan in progress (sorry my friends at the Casey arms, Friday lunchtimes wont be the same for a while). With a new life ahead, I havnt cycled for about 10 years, can only swim 5 lengths of a 15 meter pool and the blood pressure is looking a bit dodge. But hey, as George Bernard Shaw said “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it”.
Ironman has always seemed like an impossible feat for me. When I first heard about the Ironman when I was in the Amazon Jungle Marathon last year, I thought that the chaps and chapesses that competed in that sort of event were completely nuts. I was never active as a child, playing soccer ball, cricket, hockey and skiing. In school, I never made the team, despite being a (very) social member of the Rugby team but all sports compared to Ironman, seemed laughable.
It consists of:
2.4 mile swim
112 mile bike ride
26.2 mile run
all within 17 hours.
If the fire in your heart isn’t strong, there’s no point trying