Thanks to everyone, online and off! that listened to me rant about the Ironman this weekend.
I have decided to postpone my Ironman Debut. I am, however, going to sign up for Steelhead Half or Greater Cleveland Half Ironman. Will decide in the next few days.
Talked with a few of my running club friends and I think that I need to get a few more marathons in, set a few more PRs before I start thinking about moving on to something bigger. Realistically there is a sub 3:15 marathon in these legs and I shouldn't throw that away to do something that I can still do in a few years. So the plan is to get faster and fitter, keep doing international tris and move up to the half ironman this year. Set a few more PRs and when I start to peak, tackle the Ironman.
So here is the tentative major race schedule for the year:
Buckeye 50 K in January (????) Not sure about this one yet may have to wait until 2007
Boston in April
Steelhead Half Iron in August
Chicago Marathon in October
I have a tendency of jumping into things head first. I am all about instant gratification. Hence my jumping into triathlons and marathons in the same year. I think waiting for the Ironman will be good for me. Teach me some patience! And when I finally do become an Ironman, the victory will be that much sweeter!
Until then I can dream!