Ironman to Ultraman in a year?
After a few years of training and racing now I have tried to live up to my recently discovered motto that is on my new site here. Live Wide, Love Deep. While this post is not about explaining the details of it, the pursuit has got me confirmed for “the triple” this year. ..and that is what this post is about.
I started to notice a trend in my training and racing for my desire to go just a little big longer. Over the last eleven months I have discover as I stepped up the volume a little that the training, recovery and eating sort of fit me and I was having a lot of fun with the people and insight involved in the process. I did not have a lot of solid goals for what I wanted to do at races, placing or paces…we are all an experiment of one and I have just been playing it by fun and taking my learning lessons as they come. Of course, mixing it up with other stuff, striving(fighting at times) for life balance, working with Gordo and the Endurance Corner team along with some close training partners has helped me avoid injury and keep my mind far from burn-out. I feel like I am just getting started!
I did want to get back to the XTERRA World Championships this year but I can honestly say that at this time last year I was not even thinking about doing an IRONMAN let alone qualifying for Kona to race the IRONMAN World Championships. The combined times of these events is known as “the double” for those who are racing them just a few weeks apart the finishing times from each event are combined. Fun stuff. Still I had one more dream that started brewing and something that I was even more excited to get into. This was what I consider perhaps a more challenging event but three days of fun with my kind of crowd.
As listed on the ultramanlive website the event includes “A 3-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 35 participants and is by invitation only”. “The event attracts individuals who not only thrive on personal challenge and enjoy the thrill of victory, but who come to understand, as did the ancient Hawaiians, the importance of aloha (love), ohana (family), and kokua (help). Individual resources, mental, physical, and spiritual, are shared in an atmosphere where everyone who completes the course is a winner, and the pursuit of human excellence is the fundamental rule of the road”.
I realized that like all races and life (as it often reflects) takes an enormous team effort and I was surrounded by such a team. That was all of the confidence that I needed. The support from Monique, my friends and employer are beyond what I could have ever (or would have) asked. They are my family and this is what I love. That part is pretty simple. Of course, the ULTRAMAN in Hawaii is also the World Championships and it is invitation only so I have been waiting a few months to find out if I was going to be able to get in this year. It was a long shot but I was OK with either outcome and my heart was set on doing it some year if not this year.
As luck would have it… I got an email yesterday with my acceptance letter and I am now officially invited to participate in the three day 6.2 mile (10K) swim, 261.4 mile(420K) bike and a 52.4 mile (84K) run around the island. Stoked!
With that, I am now very pleased to be attempting “the aloha triple”. I am not sure if anyone has done it in the past and am just as excited about each event and the process of it all coming together. I know now, as I start my taper for Kona that most of the work is already done and it feels pretty natural for it to just fall into place. It’s big enough to scare me into trusting and believing but promising enough for me to crush my own dreams. It is Wide and its Deep! It is a pretty wide attempt at completing a 3 day stage Ultra distance triathlon race, as fast and furious as an off-road triathlon World Championship can get and the Ironman World Championship race all within about one month of each other. At the same time, it is all swimming, biking, running and spending time with the people who inspire me so it is pretty deep on the love scale for me. Just like the secret word in the phrase the triple takes balance.
I hope to take my coaches advice and always be strong in the end. This is going to take some serious pacing!