On Sunday, I was a volunteer at Ironman Canada. It was incredible. I got to watch athletes reach the 40km mark of their final stage of their journey... less than 2km and they'd be declared "IRONMAN". It was amazing. There were young people, old people, skinny people, fat people, literally people of all shapes and sizes. Some looked like they were ready to collapse, others had the biggest smiles on and a bounce in their step... I loved every minute of it. It solidified the fact that completing an ironman was definitely something on my list of things I must do in my lifetime!! I also got to watch my amazing husband as he became an Ironman. I am so incredibly proud of him!! He did great. He looked great. He finished strong and had a smile on his face. It was awesome. Truly.
And so, the very next day, it was time to stand in line and sign up for 2012. And now, I am starting my journey for ironman. I am excited. I am nervous. I am scared. But most of all, I am ready to embark on the same journey I watched my husband take over the last five months. It's going to be fun. It's going to be a lot of work. But it's going to be worth it!!
And I'm going to share my journey. The good, the bad, the ugly. I'm certain there will be lots to learn and lots to share. I'm breaking the year up into some phases. First up, I will try and overhaul my eating. It's kind of gotten worse lately, and it's time to work at eating properly and in the proportion my body needs. I will also concentrate on building up some muscle strength in my legs especially. The hills of ironman Canada are tough and I want to build up the strength now, so I'm ready when the dedicated training and rides start up in the new year!! I also want to try and trim some of the fat off my body... the lighter I am, the easier it will be to haul this body up said hills!!
So, between now and Christmas, I will focus on improved eating and muscle conditioning. It's a start, and it's the area of focus for now...