Last week my friend Tim and I were talking on the phone. We haven't talked in a while and haven't trained together in even longer a while. Both of raced Ironman Florida last November and both of us seem to be having a hard time getting back into training. Sure, life is getting in the way but our conversation turned into pondering if we need an Ironman on our schedule to get us motivated?
I have a lot of cycling on the calender and some triathlons (including a HIM). Tim has races coming up too. Why isn't this enough? Why can't we focus on racing shorter distances faster? Why is an Ironman so significant and why are other options not so significant in our minds? We jointly didn't know.
The conversation quickly turned into which one. Tim (and others) are lobbying for Placid 2013. Placid is still not the right race for me with the climbing but I could rationalize it as 30 minutes for transitions, 90 minute or less for the swim, slot 8 hours for the bike, leaving 7 hours for the run. This means that I would have to actually run the run but that is a subject for another day. There is another bunch of friends positioning themselves for IMCDA in 2013. I think the logistics of that race, the time of the year being earlier and hard training time overlapping anticipated key kid requirements make that race not ideal. The best IM branded race for me (besides IMFL which isn't an option) is probably IMAZ but that will be 3 days before my 20th anniversary with the Mrs - the danger of even mentioning this as an option is too high to consider.
Tim felt a non IM branded race, while an option, probably isn't the right choice. There are a limited number of Ironman races in our future and I may even be beyond my limit remembering that my family dubbed IMFL the Highlander Ironman (there can be only one).
But do we need one for motivation? If so, why? What can we do to change that? Most importantly, should we?
PS: Tim is volunteering at Placid 2012. So is Fran. I'm not..