Ironman Games: St. George Recap Part 3

The good news with an Ironman marathon, when the race is going well, is knowing you can walk the damn thing and still finish before midnight.

That's what I thought as I walked toward the T2 changing tent from the bike dismount after my 112-mile ride.  I couldn't pick my legs up enough to run, still trying to process the day's events to that point.  The idea of running 26.2 miles in that moment seemed not just ridiculous, but cruel. It was 82 degrees with no cloud cover, which meant with the asphalt heat rising it would feel closer to 87.

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That Didn't Last Long...

Maybe I should have had a countdown for how long I could wait after an Ironman to sign up for a new race. And that number would have been eight.

Eight days ago, I completed my first Ironman.  On the eight day, I signed up to run another marathon.

Surf City, here I come!  Again!

Yep, for the third-straight year, I'll be running in Huntington Beach the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.  Except this time, I'm gunning for the full marathon and not the half.

There's only one way to improve your running: Running.

I'm going to take the remainder of this week off, and starting this Sunday -- two weeks to the day after Ironman Arizona -- my training resumes with a two-hour run.

Yes, I'm nuts.  Yes, I'm addicted.

Yes, I'm going to become a better runner.  I'm going to break four hours in a marathon.  That's the goal.  And then to learn how to channel that into becoming a better Ironman marathoner this June, at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on June 27.

There's only one way to become a better runner: Running.

So many goals, so little time.  I've had almost all the rest I can handle. It's time to get back out there!

Besides, Ironman Arizona is soooooo eight days ago!

Up next: Year in review with Coach Gerardo.  Not sure when I'll post it next, maybe in the next couple days.