Monday, April 11, 2011

The best laid plans...

So imagine for a moment, if you will, the rough long range plan for our triathlon goals. Both Jeremy and I always had it in the back of our minds that we might some day like to do an ironman. I mean hey, we've done a marathon, and have been starting down the triathlon road, so really, it's a natural progression, right?

Since I am slowly getting on in my years, I was kind of thinking it might be something I'd like to do when I'm 40 or before I turn 40. I was figuring aiming for 39, but Jeremy suggested perhaps I might want to plan for a year earlier, just in case injury or something else happened and it wasn't possible. So, with that in mind, we had loosely planned that this year we would go out to Penticton for Ironman Canada, and I would volunteer. That way, I could sign up in the volunteer line the day after the big race. Then, he would volunteer the year I was doing it, and do his ironman the year after, since, realistically, with 2 young kids, both of us training for such a big event would be too much and a little unfair to them.

Last week, Jeremy was busy retweeting a Sugoi tweet to win an entry into Ironman Canada. Once a day he entered and was convinced he was going to win. He reasoned that odds were pretty good and he truly believed he was going to win it. And then... he did!! He was all excited and simultaneously super nervous. I mean, seriously, it's a pretty big task. Swimming 4 kilometres, biking 180 kilometres and then running 42 kilometres. Just something to do one day, hahaha.

So life has changed in our house. A lot. It's now all about Jeremy for the next 139 days. However, and he better realize this, it's not only about Jeremy. We still have our family and I still have my training. My races might be taking a bit of a backseat right now, but I'm not packing things in because of this, but I am willing to help find the time to let him train etc. It will be a big commitment on his part, but hey, it's not every day you get the opportunity of a lifetime like this, so we have to make it work!! And besides, he only has about the best running partners ever (between his wife and his dog!!).

So good luck Jeremy, train hard and do your best to balance training, family and our household!!

If you want to follow his journey, check out his blog!!