An experienced Ironman triathlete (whose opinion I respect greatly) emailed me backchannel today about my January totals, and admitted to cringing about my February goals. We had a helpful email discussion and I still think I'm headed in the right direction.
I need to always keep in mind during this time that I'm slowly ramping up that the workouts now are just getting my body used to doing just a little every day. They're nothing like the distances I'll have to do on a regular basis this summer in order to be fully prepared to finish Ironman Florida.
THIS is where I'm headed by September and October of 2006, if I do things right:
"The confidence you'll gain getting the miles in is what makes the Ironman an approachable entity. It will never, ever be easy, but there was nothing sweeter in the world to me - nothing, other than turning the corner towards my house on my last long weekend of training . . . knowing that I had done everything in my power and time to get the miles in and be ready. That meant I'd been able to swim a non-stop 3.8km swim in a pool, I could ride 100+ miles without being wiped out (I could run 3 miles post-ride each time), and could run a 20-miler the day after a 100/3 brick."
Right now it's hard for me to get my head around that kind of mileage. The numbers do scare me. But as another wise Ironman counselor told me, "Patience, grasshopper".
Let me become an Ironman. But if I cannot become an Ironman, let me be brave in the attempt.