Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A change in plans. Ironman Arizona 2013


My plan for a long time was to not register for Ironman Arizona in 2013 but to register for the 2014 flavor of this event. The primary reason was that I believe that the 2013 event conflicted with my 20th wedding anniversary and I couldn't imagine Mrs. Rockstar enjoying this milestone with me in either post race stupid syndrome or gimping around like I was post IMFL2011. Reality is that I wouldn't enjoy it much either so I point blame on her. There were some secondary concerns around my body composition, medical aches and pains, and squeezing in the actual training. Also of a concern is that my oldest daughter will be in the final push for applying to colleges. But then, while stalking the people doing the race this year, I saw that the 2013 race was not scheduled for November 24 as I expected but on November 17 instead.

I thought the race would be November 24 as Thanksgiving in 2013 is scheduled for November 28. I thought the race would be the Sunday before (as it has been) but somehow the race is the week before. This would give me enough time to recover and immediately became a viable option.

I emailed my coach to get his view (previously he said that IMAZ would probably be next for me if I ever wanted to do another Ironman). While waiting for his answer I broached this idea with my wife. Her primary concern was that I need to be supportive of my daughter in her college quest. She said during my last Ironman training I was a bit useless to the family spending my time between training and being a zombie from training.

My coach emailed back stating that we had plenty of time to get ready training wise but he was concerned about my physical state. The doctor and I have a tentative plan. I figured if I could register online before it closed out, it would be an omen. Some magic happened and I got an email which started:

Dear RockStar,

Thank you! You are now registered for the 2013 IRONMAN Arizona - IRONMAN......






14 comments:

TriMOEngr said...

Funny, I don't remember my dad doing anything related to my applying for college. Of course, I could only afford to go in-state and there are only 2 schools to choose from (both in U of MO system) for my degree. And I had an acceptance letter early in my sr year. But I guess an omen is an omen. Best wishes on yet another iron journey.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Welcome back to iron training, I hear its the most addicting distance of them all. Next year will be my first attempt, and I am going to say it now and probably change my mind later, it is one and done for me.

James Ford said...

Nice! I am planning on running Redman 140.6 in 2013 as my first attempt at the distance! Can't wait to hear about the training leading up to it!

Jamoosh said...

So it begins...

B.o.B. said...

Oh boy! You're all insane. Lol! Good luck with the training.

Carolina John said...

Rock on! Yes I wanted you to come down to NC for B2B but this works too. Congrats on getting in, you made a wise choice. that's going to be a great race for you.

Kate said...

Exciting! Very cool. Hopefully having a big goal again helps you stay back on track.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Best of luck fitting everything in together! I'm sure you'll be fine - and your wife will tell you when you're not quite on. haha

I'm looking at IMAZ for '14! I'll expect a good report.

Caroline said...

Good for you! Hope the training will go well!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Most importantly, what will you ride? Will you pull from your stable of 5, sell and replace or bring the inventory up to 6?

Cristina Ramirez said...

ahhh! I understand the feeling of reading the registration and realizing you are indeed registered. Its my first next year, right before yours, so it will be fun to follow you in your training!

Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome!!! Congrats on being back on the road! I totally know that feeling of getting that email that says you are registered!!!

Michael said...

Awesomeness :) I guess it's time for IM AZ!!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Neither of my parents helped me on college. Well, my dad paid for a plane ticket. But neither parent came with me to visit colleges.

Gooooooo IMAZ! You got this!