In the spirit of tooting my own horn, which is a well established pattern here on Run Bitch Run, I decided to report some numbers I have racked up in the pursuit of Ironman.
They are nothing compared to LOTS of IM athletes out there, but they are a pretty darn amazing to me.
In my training for Ironman I have:
Run: 1,015.5 miles (Total lifetime: 1696 miles)
Biked: 2,839 miles (Total lifetime: 2947 miles)
Swam: 60.95 miles (Total lifetime: 64. 2 miles)
I have compared them to my lifetime numbers for extra WOW effect. I like WOW effect. It is a little known fact that I am a bit of a drama queen. Shhh, don't tell anyone.
And in relatively new statistics (translation: I avoided hills like the plague before learning CDA had LOTS 'o hills) I have also:
Climbed: 93,984 ft on foot and bicycle.
That is like going up Mt. Everest over 3 times. Ok, it was not at altitude, nor was there any snow, and I was never at risk of an avalanche or being eaten by my fellow climbers, but still, hauling my big ass up that many feet is impressive, no?
I will be the first to admit I was not perfect in my training, or in maintaining my life while training, but completing all this while
1. doing my job and not letting my students play second fiddle to training (as much as I bitch about them, their education is infinitely more important to me than Ironman. Well, that is true for most of them anyway ;o))
2. not ending up divorced,
3. trying to let my friends know that they are important to me and that it is NOT all about me and Ironman, and
4. still making time everyday to check in on, care for, and cuddle my animal family,
This makes me pretty damn proud of myself.
(that is the most ridiculously ugly, poorly constructed, run-on sentence I have ever written. Considering the piss poor grammar level of this blog normally, that is scary. I tried to make it a list to offset the horror. My apologies to my grammatically correct friends. I hope I have not scarred you for life. )
Must get off laurel-resting ass and go run...
4 hours ago