Triathlon Is All About The Medal or Metal



If you said they are all metals then you would be 100% correct but it goes further than that for me.  For me they are all triathlons and races that if I am not financially committed to I am mentally committed to doing.  So here is how these metals break down into my world: Ironman– As you know I am racing both Ironman Texas and Ironman Arizona this year.  I am beyond excited for both events as they both present different challenges.  In Texas the day will most likely be hot and humid and that alone is a challenge.  In Arizona the water will most likely be very cold and then you have to deal with the fact that the bike and the run are both 3 loops.  Riding and running the same course for what could be 10 hours is going to take a lot of mental strength.


Michigan Titanium

MiTitanium – This is also an Iron distance event but due to a scenario under which WTC felt threatened the Michigan Iron became the Michigan Titanium or for me MiTi (prounounce Migh-T)  It works for me and when Kevin was asking about it I said I would be more than happy to travel up to Grand Rapids and race it.  So it is now on my list of races for 2013 and I will create a race schedule around that particular race.

Leadman 250– After I finished 70.3 California in 2011 I was either Tweeting or Facebooking or Emailing with BDD about the Leadman 250.  At the time I did not know what it was but after seeing the site I was intrigued.  I was so enthralled with the concept of this race that I have not let it out of my mind.  My initial goal was to race it in 2013 but when MiTi came along I decided to do that and push this back a year to 2014.  It was late in 2011 that they announced that the Leadman 250 would move to September and to Bend, OR.  My excitement really took off and then hit an all time high when 3 days ago they announced that they will be staying in Las Vegas but racing it as a Leadman 125K in March (the perfect tune-up to MiTiMan is in August.)

It seems nuts to be thinking this far ahead but I read a post on Facebook yesterday that said….’If you have only one day to live what would you do?’  I thought about this for a moment or two and my response was to do everything I could.  I would jump out of airplanes, drive motorcycles fast, drive cars fast, etc.  I mean you only have one day, and then it hit me……everyday could be our last day so why put off things and not live life to the fullest.  Why not take advantage of what you can and for me that is racing and pushing my body past constraints I randomly put on myself.

So I know what I want to do and now I need to have the patience of a Saint and not get too far ahead of myself, although the MissZippy Chesapeake Bay swim is intriguing.

What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

Are You Living Life Without Fear?

For more information on MiTitanium click [HERE] For more information on Leadman 250 click [HERE]

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  1. BDD says:

    I could go up to Miti since I live right below it

    Leadman 250 time cutoffs are challenging, not like WTC, and mountain pass cycling, not hills, a mountain.

    I just make a bucketlist of races I want to do, do them as i see they can fit in my schedule and budget. I dont even know what I am doing this year yet

  2. Tonia says:

    I like the idea of charting a course like this. I feel that if you don’t know where you want to go, you can’t figure out how to get there.

    I plan really far in advance, if possible, especially with my “must do” races.
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  3. Jeff Irvin says:

    I really want to qualify for Western States 100 one day. I think that would really test my mettle (-:
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    • CTER says:

      Anything involving running 100 miles would test a person, but that race really would be a huge accomplishment.

      This is what I love about endurance athletes…..its not enough to run 100 miles but it has to be the most challenging 100 miles you can think of and the beauty is the ball$ with which to chase it down.
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  4. Jill says:

    I think it’s exciting to dream, and dream big! My goal is to get stronger this year by racing a crap load of stuff and then focus on one or two big things next year. And then, I think I’m done. I think I want to then run long and far on trails and enjoy the sheer beauty of them. We’ll see. :)
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    • CTER says:

      Karen started running trails last week and absolutely loved it even though the pace was slower. She had a great time. I’m not sure I am ready for trail running just yet. I feel I have so much left to accomplish in triathlon and the marathon world.

      I will say that the more I look around and see these once crazy distances I get excited and want to do them all. With patience will come reward.

      Your 2012 is going to be great. Your schedule is jam packed and that will keep you in the game and mentally focused.
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  5. Brenda says:

    I am going to do a 12-hour ultramarathon in May. Before I started training last month I was a 5-K runner. Now I have to learn how to be on my feet for 12 hours. The time is set, the distance is not. The goal is to get as many miles as I can. On race day I can walk as often as needed, so those muscles need some work too. 4 months to go. 50 miles would be a dream, 40 is the goal, and I’ll be OK with 30. Even if I only get 26.3 miles, it is still an ultramarathon.

  6. My wife and some others keep telling me to write a book. I wouldn’t mind giving it a go to be honest, though I’ll need a kick-ass editor.

    The only thing I fear is is fear itself, and snakes.
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    • CTER says:

      Hate snakes.

      Write the book. I think you have so much insight on life from your different experiences it would be a great read. Write it in your own words and forget the editor.

  7. @ IM’s in one year. You are on a mission and one that I know you will be successful at!!
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  8. Christina says:

    I am not very good at putting my “someday I’ll….” thoughts into action. But I also think there is a balance between shooting the moon to reach your dreams and ticking some items off your bucket list and the practicalities of financial, physical, and mental constraints.
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