The Ironman website describes the area this way:
“Southwest Michigan’s Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor area is known for its beaches, wineries and fruit orchards, and family-friendly vibe. There's plenty to do, whether you're 5 or 55. For kids, there's The Carousel, a hands-on kids’ museum, and for the older set, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. From kayaking, to lounging on the beach, to taking in some art and good food in the quaint and artistic downtown, Benton Harbor is the perfect low-stress locale to spend a race weekend.”
There is a reason why I know all of this. You see, I registered for Steelhead 2015! Yup...I lost my ever loving mind! This was pre-planned insanity, registration opened at noon on October 30th, and I was officially registered at 12:05pm. The insanity will commence on August 9th, 2015!
An Ironman 70.3 is a “Half-Ironman” 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. While I cannot swim that far right now, I feel extremely confident that I will be able to by next August. The bike, well 56 miles is no big deal, but I need to be able to cover that distance faster than I can right now. The only thing that scares me is the run! A mile is a challenge for me these days. But, if I have a good swim and a good bike I should have plenty of time for the run, even if it becomes a walk!
Registration went something like this:
Pre-set alarm goes off notifying me that registration was open. (Damn the day was going by fast)
Go to Ironman.com
Lookup the race (stop breathing)
Fill in all the info (When did it get so hot in here?)
Enter in payment info (Good Lord this is expensive!)
Press Register (go completely numb)
Have overwhelming feeling of excitement followed immediately by overwhelming urge to blow chunks!
Try to remind my lungs how to function properly
Try to form coherent sentences when people ask if I’m ok.
Send messages to MK, KB, Mom and CK
Smile and laugh like a lunatic for the remainder of the day!
I didn’t tell a lot of people I was planning on doing this. MK knew and I think I told CK. To be honest I can’t remember if I told KB ahead of time or not. While most of my family and close friends are used to me doing crazy things (Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, etc.) but this is a whole new level of crazy, ever for me.
I had considered keeping it a secret even after I registered, but decided against that and promptly posted it on Facebook, I wanted to share the insanity. The reactions were mixed. MK was more excited than I was. I had several friends who sent me emails, texts and IM’s many of which were extremely supportive, but a few questioned my sanity, commitment, health and ability to do this.
I would love to say that it doesn’t matter what other’s think, and maybe it really doesn’t, but having some kind of support system is important. I’m blessed to have some extremely supportive people in my life. For those that doubt me, it’s ok; there are days when I doubt myself. That’s half the fun, proving to myself that I can do things I once thought were impossible.