It’s race week! Not for me, but for my friend Lisa Ruth who is doing her first IronMan! Since the day that I found out that she was training for it, I’ve been bombarding her with questions. So why stop with the questions now? Now is a good a time as any to do a Q&A!
– Do you remember the moment that you decided to register and train for your first IronMan?
I had heard that volunteering for IMWI was really fun, and had a friend that was doing it in 2010. I volunteered at the Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona, which is about a block away from my house. It was so inspiring seeing all these people, not just “professionals” do this. Then I went down to watch Dave on the run portion, and I was hooked. I got this overwhelming feeling of….happiness, excitement, joy….and I wasn’t even competing! That was my first year of being on the JDRF Team Western Wisconsin, raising money for a cure for Type 1 diabetes by committing to train for and ride a century (100 mi). Some of my JDRF teammates had done an IM previously, and some were looking to sign up for 2012. I was already taking masters swim, and after discussing with my swim and bike coaches, it seemed like I was not being ludicrous by dreaming of becoming an Ironman.
– What was going on in your mind while you waited in line to register?
Truthfully, all I felt was excitement. I knew that 4 teammates from my JDRF Ride to Cure team were doing it, and I had also already signed up with the Endurance House Becoming an Ironman team. There were butterflies in my stomach, but I knew I wanted to do it. I was waiting for that “lead ball in the pit of my stomach” after I had paid for it and was walking away, but I just kept feeling more and more excited about it.
– Tell me about your favorite part of training, and what was your most memorable training workout that you had this year?
I had always envisioned training with friends and having fun – and that is what happened. I am really blessed to have a lot of friends that also do triathlon and/or cycling and running events. I also took an open water swim class that was amazing, and a lot of fun.
My most memorable training workout had to be my first half ironman distance event. I really had a lot of fun, no pressure other than to not hurt myself, and a lot of my friends had driven up to watch. My previous events had all been out of town, so I did not know how great it is to have that support on race day. It was also the first time I realized how much my parents worry when I am racing.
– Did you have any funny race-day dreams?
The funniest had to be when I dreamt it was about 2:00 PM in the afternoon, and apparently I did not bring my bike. I wasn’t concerned though, because I still felt that finishing was totally doable.
– What’s the dumbest thing someone has said to you when you mention that you’re training for IronMan?
Before I signed up, when I was telling people it was my intention to sign up, the most common winner is: But you haven’t even done a marathon, have you? (From people who also had not done a marathon). Since signing up, I’ve really only gotten great, positive comments. If there were negatives I guess I’ve forgotten them or took them for what they were – most of the time it was concern because people think the amount of training I do is unsafe, or it was from someone who wants to do what I am doing but something is holding them back. There have been some people that are no longer in my life – some people just don’t get what I am trying to do, or are upset that I am doing something for myself, that may not include them. That’s life, though. This event is life changing – but it’s a positive thing, and one that is a finite period of time. If those people could not be there for me for this, they would have eventually dropped out of my life anyway, I think.
– What do you say to someone who says “I’d train for an IronMan but ____blah,blah,excuse,blah___ ” ??
You clearly do not want to do it. Anything big / worthwhile / difficult / rewarding to do always has obstacles – you just don’t want to make the time to do it. And that’s ok. But know if you ever do, I would be happy to help you find resources to help you achieve that goal.
Crossing the finish line – seeing my family and friends there, and making them proud.
I CAN NOT WAIT to be there cheering for you Lisa Ruth! Best of luck to you and have the happiest 140.6 miles!!