>> This report, more than any other, makes me believe that I could do
>> this thing. The pain he describes I've felt, in just the same ways.
>> The alternate walking and running, the cramps on the bike, 50-100%
>> more time than fast people on the swim, the disorientation in the
>> water. Even the wonderfulness of salty soup broth (a recurring theme
>> in this week's race reports) rings a chord of familiarity in me. Mr.
>> Beejohn, you have described the race as I envision myself doing it. I
>> have no better compliment to offer.
>So, Rick, when are you going to "do it"? Are you among the suckers whom
>all us IMC vets conned into doing Canada in '98? Heh heh heh....
Not '98. Too soon. And even though Canada is the place I'd like to do
it first, the Great Floridian is easier and cheaper to get to from
here, and later enough in the year to allow a little cooler weather to
train in for the previous 5 or 6 weeks. Also, having grown up in
Houston, I understand the Gulf Coast weather better. And, Sugarloaf
notwithstanding, the Florida course can't have much in the way of
really big hills (I much prefer steep, short hills to less steep, but
much longer hills).
But I don't think I've built the base that I need. I'm still not
aerobic enough at the pace I would like to go. I'm good at grinding
close to the limit, but that is poor strategy for a 14 or 15-hour
effort. And I think it's going to take another couple of years to
learn how to swim well enough. I'm thinking a marathon in February, a
long duathlon in April, and a couple of Olympic-distance races in '98.
Then, a half-IM (Buffalo Springs) in '99, and maybe, if that works, a
full IM. But time is a problem for me--the lack of it. Also, my very
heavy travel schedule doesn't preclude training, but it does preclude
systematic training. So it will take longer to reach the goal.
BUT, big things are accomplished by taking little steps persistently.
And I'm nothing if not persistent. The grand plan is just there to
make sure that the little steps are pointed in the right direction.
And grand plans are built on visualizing the goal. Race reports like
Beejohn's help to make such visual images realistic.
Take what you want and leave the rest.