Tuesday, September 8, 2015
One year Ironman-iversary
It makes me a little regretful that I'm not tackling Ironman Wisconsin again next weekend. I remember the anxiety of this week like it's still happening. Tapering, packing, leaving work, traveling, planning meals. It was what kept my mind still in a very dark time.
But, what's replaced the double workouts and endless laundry and soreness and tears makes the change all worth it. I had a lovely weekend in Michigan during which I ran zero miles, left my bike at home and "swam" in shallow water for less than 100 yards. I've recaptured the illusive work-life balance by easing up on training, changing jobs and re-prioritizing.
It's weird to sit here and think that a year ago I became an Ironman because in many ways, it was a lifetime ago. I crossed the finish line with a different last name, and in many ways was a different person.
Which is yet another reason to do it again. I want vindication over last year. I want to train better, get faster, and prove that I can do it again without the technical errors. I need to clinch this as Kelly 3.0.
So Monday, I sign up for another year of sunburns and sweaty clothes. Cheers to spending $700 on something that won't happen for a year!