Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Ironman Blues

After all of this training, who would do an Ironman again? 

I did my long workout today, on call.  64 miles on the bike, along the same nine mile loop, so that I'm close enough to my hospital in case I need to tend to a sick patient.  I was exhausted the minute I got on the bike.  Four and a half hours later, I was wiped out, my eyes dry from riding, perhaps a bit woozy from the heat.  Then I put on a pair of running shoes and ran six miles.

Don't get me wrong -- I want to be an Ironman more than anything else.  I love exercise and the way it makes me feel.  But, this is more than I ever care to put my body through again.

One more long workout tomorrow.  Then I taper.

Sixteen more days to Ironman Lake Placid.

3 comments:

Eco-Vegan Gal said...

Wow - that's incredible. Keep at it - you're so inspiring and powerful!

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your race!

My son also said he wanted to do just one ironman and that would be enough. However, after all the agony is over, it starts looking good in memory. To date he has done 5 ironman races (Lake Placid twice), and is considering another. So don't be surprised if you find one is not enough.

It is inspiring to have a medical doctor value nutrition and exercise the way you do.

Jo

JL Goes Vegan said...

Good luck this weekend! Can't wait to read all about it! I have a few friends up there racing too. I'm in awe of all of you!