"Won't that destroy your knees?"
"Aren't you tired?"
"Is this how you're coping with your .... 'situation'?"
"Oh honey, there's more to life than running."
"Well, good for you [eye roll]."
"You're a machine!"
(All real, recent conversations)
The truth is, I really enjoy running. A lot. I've written before about all the things I get out of running, which has never been more true than at this juncture in my life.
Ironman Wisconsin, what does one do after that? There are many options: improve my 5K time enough to place in a circuit, focus on improving my swim stroke with master's swim classes, qualify for the Boston Marathon, complete a few more century rides, tackle my long-standing official half marathon PR, run back-to-back marathons, travel somewhere exotic for a race, do another Ironman ....
Sigh. Choices are hard. But being an adult is even harder, because there's this little factor of money to consider. Races aren't cheap, triathlons even less so, and Ironmans? Well, there's a reason why people joke it's the sport of the 1 percent.
So here, my dear readers, is what's next after an Ironman:
I want to PR my next marathon. Specifically, I want to run a 3:40 next spring at Circular Logic.
Here's to being proud but never satisfied. Join me for the next chapter.