January 17, 2012 —
Happy Tuesday! I hope that those of you who had a three day weekend enjoyed the extra day off on Monday for MLK Day. For those of you who did not have Monday off, I hope you had a nice day at work yesterday.
This weekend was filled with some pretty big decisions on my part. Marathon training has been very successful so far, and I have to say I am feeling somewhat invincible at this point. It was this feeling that led me to just look at some half ironman events in the area, and what training for a half ironman would entail. At first, this was just a thought and something I was not sure of being plausible.
Many things had to fall into place for this to all come together. I first needed to find an event late enough in the season to give me sufficient time to train, which after researching different training plans seemed to average about 18 weeks. I also wanted to find an event before September so that should I get lucky and find a full time teaching job for September, I won’t be too overwhelmed with the new job and intense training all at once. This left me in the month of August assuming I would start training after my marathon, and I needed to only find an event a reasonable distance from my house.
I stumbled upon the Rev3 Racing website, and to my pleasure, found that they are, for the first time hosting a half ironman in Maine on August 26th at Old Orchard Beach. This fit my timeline perfectly, and talking to Amy, she told me that Old Orchard Beach is a beautiful, so we may make it into a small five day four night vacation! (Two birds one stone!)
So, after a weekend of back and forth mental battle of whether or not I thought I was insane (still not sure which side of that argument won out) and if I thought I would be able to do this, I have decided to make the trip up to Maine for the Half Rev at Old Orchard Beach. Amy is working as we speak to put together a training plan for me compiled from training plans we found on various websites online. Maybe at some point I will post it somewhere on the Blog. I will also put up a countdown for the Half Ironman event at some point in the near future.
Thats all for now. I definitely have to create something for the Half Rev for my Goals board!