Off Topic Thursday: It’s Time

25 Jul

I’ve been talking about it for a long time and now it’s here! Well, it’s coming. My Half Ironman, Half Ironman Ohio 70.3, is on Sunday, July 28th. I’m. Freaking. Out!

I feel ready. I’ve trained according to my plan, making small adjustments for personal obligations and larger adjustments for injuries that I’ve learned to manage and help heal. And now it’s time to see if it was enough. It’s time to see if my bike (I’ve named her Bike) will hold up and if Bike and I will ever want to look at each other again after 56 miles in rural Ohio. And we’ll see if my knees still work after a half marathon to end the day. My husband and my parents will be there to support me and I’ll probably cry when I see them coming through the shoot. I’m almost crying thinking about it.

This has been a pretty major life goal of mine for some time. I’m glad to finally be staring it down and ready to check it off the list. I don’t ever want to do one of these again! So many of my friends from my tri club told me I’d get addicted. I have back and knee pain and a terrible hankering to just run a darn 5K and stop. I’m nowhere near addicted and I have no intention of doing a full Ironman ever in my life. I plan to focus on Sprint and Olympic distance races (about a quarter and half the distance I’ll do on Sunday) and swim more. I love swimming. I miss doing it as much as I used to.

If you’re terribly bored on Sunday, you can look me up. I’m number 446 and you can Google the race (Ironman Ohio) after it starts Sunday morning and track me throughout the day. I hope to finish in under seven hours. I should be in the water by about 7:30 EST (it’s a rolling start so no guarantee on a start time). It will be a long day and you can bet that my August post will be a reflection of how it went.

Until next time, write on.

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19 Responses to “Off Topic Thursday: It’s Time”

  1. whatcathyreadnext July 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM #

    Best of luck and, if you can, enjoy the experience.


    • Sam July 25, 2019 at 12:27 PM #

      Thank you! Sadly no audiobook during the run like I’ve come to enjoy. Happy reading!


  2. Sue Featherstone July 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM #

    Good luck. x


  3. BookerTalk July 25, 2019 at 1:31 PM #

    I’m impressed by anyone who goes in for these kinds of adventures. I dont think I could walk that distance let alone bike/run …. Good luck to you. Hope you and Bike are still on speaking terms at the end


    • Sam July 25, 2019 at 2:04 PM #

      Thank you! I’m just hoping to finish in a reasonable time. I don’t think I’ll ever do another one.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mani July 25, 2019 at 3:56 PM #

    Good luck!!!


  5. MrsDMVH July 25, 2019 at 5:04 PM #



  6. Meeghan reads July 26, 2019 at 1:29 AM #

    Good luck Sam!! I’ll be cheering you on from around (almost) the other side of the planet 💕


    • Sam July 26, 2019 at 4:49 AM #

      Thank you! You might actually be awake when it starts then haha.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Rae Reads July 26, 2019 at 1:45 PM #

    I will be following and cheering you on!


  8. Ryan July 27, 2019 at 6:42 AM #

    Good luck!


  9. BookerTalk July 31, 2019 at 1:47 AM #

    How did it go?


    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 7:52 AM #

      It went really well! I’ll post about it next month but I’m beyond pleased and I’ll ‘retire’ from the distance happily. Thanks for asking!


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