Steve and I have officially registered for Ironman WI 2011.
This past weekend I was quite the spectathlete. On Saturday Steve participated in his first half-ironman in Lake Geneva, and I was there to cheer him on. Though the weather was less than stellar (cold & rainy), he did a great job and finished with a smile on his face. Here he is just about to cross the finish line:
And showing off his bling:
I am so proud of him for how far he has come! From basically no exercise whatsoever to a 70.3 mile race in less than a year. Amazing!
On Sunday we headed out to Madison to watch some of Ironman WI and soak up the energy. I was able to see several people I know on the run, which was great! We hung out mostly on State St and cheered for the runners, then headed to the finish line for a bit. I got pumped up big time for 2011.
Monday was the day to register for next year, and it was a serious mess. The online registration got so bogged down that we kept getting all kinds of errors. After a phone call to the credit card company to verify that our card was charged (ouch!) and a call to Active.com, our registration was confirmed. Man, they need to come up with a better system.
This year has been the year of running for me. I didn’t have the motivation for biking, I just wanted to run run run. So rather than drudge through training for a half-ironman, I simply decided not to. I was worried that I really wouldn’t want to train for Ironman next year, but after being in Madison and feeling the race energy, I am ready.
My year of the run will culminate this Saturday, as I take on the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k. That’s 31 miles of trail running, and I can’t wait to be out there! I also have a few ideas for the old blog, so stay tuned…