From here on everything is different...
Today, I signed up to compete in a Triathlon and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The first question is obviously why? Ever since I did a my first Marathon I wanted to do something else to get fit and more importantly do it for a cause the time and physical pain that goes into it must be for a good reason. So I went along to an information meeting for something called "Team In Training", I went with the intention of joining to run another Marathon. However after the presentation for the Run team, there was another for a Triathlon team. I'd once seen a Triathlon called Escape from Alcatraz on the TV, it looked impressive and challenging. I didn't really understand the distances involved but knew that the running part was less than a Marathon (less running sounded good). I don't know how to swim, I can move through water without drowning so that is start; they said they could teach me the rest. I liked cycling though haven't been on my bicycle in the past two years. That was it, I signed up!
Afterwards I went home and started doing some research I had several options for Triathlon courses:
Sprint: 0.25mile Swim, 9.7mile Cycle, 2mile Run
Olympic: 1.5K Swim, 40K Cycle, 10K Run
Half Ironman: 1.2mile Swim, 56mile Cycle, 13.1mile Run
After looking at the course online, I had to go with the Half-Ironman (aka the Long Course). Realizing that there was Half-Ironman distance I decided looked up and see what an Ironman was, I'd seen the logo before but didn't know what it was. As I had imagined was simply twice the distance, 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run (a full marathon). Well that looked impossible but helped reinforce my thoughts the the Half Ironman was possible, I mean if people were going twice the distance I could manage this.
I called my parents to let them know what I'd signed up for. They had many questions like "Will there be sharks where you swim?". I tried to answer all there concerns and reminded them "Remember I did do a Marathon once", to which the response was "Yes, but you were younger then". While that was indeed a true statement, I'm not exactly ancient now, maybe that really meant "but you were stupid then" :-) who knows. I did get the impression that they thought I was crazy, hence the title of the blog.