OK, I did it. I registered for next year's Ironman Coeur D'Alene. I was waffling the last few days. Do I want to train at the Ironman level again? It didn't help that tri-friend and temptor Miranda & I failed to meet up for our Saturday bike ride. She is in training for IM Cananda in August and planned to ride 80 miles. I'm getting ready for Vineman 70.3 and was planning on 60, but would up it to 80 for Miranda's training schedule. She was running late and I took off after a 5 minute grace period. I ended up doing my needed 60 miles. In the text exchange that followed, she indicated that she rode 112. I'm not sure if that was in miles or kilometers. But it got me remembering getting off the bike after 112 miles in Tempe, AZ and thinking I've got 26 miles to run. Signing up for these events is no light undertaking.
That being said, I ended up registering. I feel slightly light headed and giddy. Like a kid that just opened a new toy at Christmas. I'll calm down in a day or so. I'm sure the reality of the training I've just signed up for will also sink in over the next week or so. But I've got at least two local training buddies also registered and another friend who signed up for IM Germany in early July, 2011. So there will be others to train with for this event. I think that was what was the deciding factor. It always helps to have others share in your training burdens. Miranda, Jerry, and Maria: I look forward to many training sessions out on the road, in the pool and in the ocean. Anyone else want in?