In honor of Vineman 70.3 general registration selling out in a blazing 3 minutes yesterday, let’s talk about how I came to the decision to tackle this distance. For those that are not aware, a triathlon with a distance of 70.3 MILES is made up of: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run. Yep, you read all that correctly. Here is how the course is described:
“The split transition race begins at Johnson’s Beach, nestled in the redwoods of the town of Guerneville. The 1.2 mile out and back swim takes place in calm, misty Russian River—shallow enough to stand up for a break if needed. Athletes will transition to their bikes, setting out on the 56-mile course featuring gentle rollers (and one tough climb) that wind through vineyards and quaint towns. The town of Windsor hosts transition two, where athletes will begin a challenging half-marathon that takes them through La Crema Winery. The finish line at Windsor High School is always packed with locals and spectators and a festive post-race atmosphere.” Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? That is until you put all those miles together for ONE race! Yikes!
Now, the real question….what made me think this was a good idea?!? Yeah….I don’t really know. Actually, I do know…..my good friend, whom will remain nameless for her safety (lol) came up with the idea. You see, she will be turning 40 just 3 days prior to this race. She set the goal for herself to race a 1/2 IronMan in 2016. Awesome goal…I agree. So, how does this affect me?? Well, being that we are good friends and all and I sometimes don’t think very clearly before I volunteer for things, I agreed to do the race with her. Man, I am such a good friend! Such a good friend that needs a swift kick upside her head sometimes.
This talk about Vineman 2016 started close to the beginning of the race season this year. I knew what I had gotten myself into and I wasn’t going to kid myself and think I could figure out the training and nutrition all on my own. So, I enlisted in some help. I wanted and still want to take this race seriously. (We will get into that more in a minute.) I hired a coach. Yep, someone to tell me what the heck I need to be doing on a daily basis to build my endurance. Ha! I actually hired him so I would actually DO the workouts on a daily basis. I need to be held accountable! I also hired a nutritionist to help me with what foods I should be shoveling into my mouth to fuel this training. Off to a great start….
Back to Vineman 70.3…this race sold out in a matter of 11 minutes in 2015. My dear friend and I knew that our chances of getting in were going to be ify at best. Then a magical, wonderful thing happened. Our triathlon club was given the opportunity for priority registration. SCORE! We get to register BEFORE the masses and we are guaranteed a slot. Whew!!! Pressure was off..at least as far as registration was concerned. So, a week before general registration opened, we all got the priority email. I thought I was handling the decision to tackle this distance pretty well…until…I had to hit the confirm button and make it official. UGH!!!
I did it! I registered and I am on my way to my first 1/2 Ironman race. I NEVER thought I would want to race 70.3 miles. I was so anxious after registering that I did a crap ton of housework to keep my mind off what I had just done. With the shock value wearing off and the realization hitting, I have found a new drive, a new focus to my workouts. This isn’t a goal I am going to take lightly. It wasn’t cheap and this may be my only chance to race this course (because it sells out so stupidly fast). I HAVE to make the best of this opportunity. I will not give myself any other options.
242 days, 14 hours, 52 minutes….not that I’m counting or anything!