Challenge Roth… It’s on!!

So, I’ve been roped into next year’s Challenge Roth – and I can’t lie, I’m really excited!!!

Welcome TriathletesJULY 17, 2016… It’s going to be amazing! I WILL be training hard, like a proper, committed, self-believing triathlete…

(And yes, I am trying to convince myself! But, let’s be honest – no time like the present, right?!)

In 2013 I did my first Ironman, and then followed that with another in 2014… but, I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t feel like I’ve ever REALLY pushed myself. But, all that changes now.

For my first race – I had a coach (albeit online), not just ‘any’ coach – but one of my heroes – someone I watched race for many years, and was so stoked. But, and I know I’ve been told this a million times – it was my FIRST one, BUT, I don’t think I did the race, him or myself much justice. It was the BEST time ever though (my parents flew out to surprise me and, together with my sister, we spent the week in Austria – it was amazing… more on that here 😉

Actually – before I get side-tracked and start rambling on and on about stuff that really isn’t that relevant here, let me just summarise;

I have done a couple races in the past 2 years, and all in different countries – and all very different – they did, however, have one thing in common – I didn’t feel properly prepared for any of them!! I’m not sure what it is – perhaps fear of failure/fear of looking like I’ve actually tried? But, I have all the best intentions, but then almost sabotage myself… NO MORE!!!

I have made a decision – and although I’ve ‘thought’ this often – it’s now time to put my money where my mouth is really!! No more half measures – I really want to see what I can do. No more of this ‘if I just trained I could do so much better…’ malarkey – let’s see. (yes, yes, I realise that of course if I just trained I could do better – but, how much better??)

So – that leads me to why I’m here! This, is, for lack of a better term, is going to serve as my training diary of sorts! Not the actual training sessions etc that is, but just a journal of ups and, I’m sure, downs, but I really wanted to record this journey – I cheated myself of that first time round :-(. I want to include before and after pics… we’ll see how that goes though – not sure if I’m brave enough for that just yet! But really want to document everything… including product reviews.

I know when I first started training, I scoured the internet trying to find a ‘regular Joe’s Ironman/or-equivalent-blog… and came up short. So – I’m not sure if I’ll even have anyone else reading this – but if you happen to be here – please bear/bare(?) with me – I’m probably going to sound crazy, going to ramble… and not get this whole blog thing straight away… but, I WILL keep going this time!!