Alcoholism to Ironman: Part 5

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Now what?

COVID has changed our lives in many ways, and none for the better. My day to day life, fortunately, was affected less than most. I work from home and live in a smaller town in Wisconsin. However, my goal to complete an Ironman was dramatically changed. Near the peak of my training, Ironman Wisconsin was cancelled. I found myself asking, "Now what?"

Like many triathletes, I was training almost daily. My life was revolving around this training schedule, and for the most part, I was enjoying myself. The anticipation of the event was exciting. Although my other race events began to cancel (Buffalo Triathlon, Grandma's, etc.), I still hoped Ironman would happen. It was in September, so I thought surely the quarantine would be over by then. I was wrong. The cancellation was official, and I had a choice to make. I could enjoy an extended off season or find something else to do.

Keep in mind, I was left with this high level of raw fitness, a chiseled physique, and the cardiovascular health of the Tarahumara tribe. Okay, not exactly, but I was definitely left with a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to test myself by running an ultra marathon. I signed up for the Icebox 480. This is a local race where you trail run for 480 minutes (8 hours) and see how far you can go. My goal is 42 miles, but 35 miles may be more realistic. I am finding trail running to be a slower pace and much more physically demanding than road running, but the scenery makes it completely worth it.

My training schedule changed a bit from triathlon training. I am still training 5-6 days a week, but I'm biking less, running more, and not swimming at all (hallelujah!)!

Although it's important for me to have a focus and something scheduled on the calendar, it's even more important for me to stay active and connected. It's good for my mind, body, and spirit. I see this adjustment to my season as simply part of the journey; which, by the way, never ends.

The event is scheduled for November 7th. Wish me luck!

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