So since I announced that I’m doing a second marathon people have been asking why. Especially since I was so very, very miserable training and doing the first one. I’ve just been saying “for reasons” which many of you found to be an unsatisfying answer – and I can’t blame you. A big part of that was making sure that the main reason is actually something that I want to do. And I’ve decided that it is and it’s time to tell everyone.
This marathon isn’t just another goal, it’s actually a small part of a bigger goal.- 114.4 miles bigger to be exact.
I’m going to attempt IRONMAN Arizona in November of 2016. I haven’t really swum since I was in high school which is also the last time I rode a bike so I’m giving myself a little over 2 years to get it done with plenty of events in between.
The first question most people ask is What is an IRONMAN exactly? It’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run, done consecutively in less than 17 hours.
The next question is typically “Why?” The answer is complicated. Part of it is just because it’s there and if you finish it this guy named Mike Reilly says [Your name] YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! over a loudspeaker as you cross the finish line (and also, they give you a medal.)
Part of it is an extension of why I did the first marathon – to push myself out of my comfort zone (in this case way, way, way out of my comfort zone), do things at which I’m not naturally talented and see what lessons live out there. Part of it is about my constant mission of insisting that fat people have a place in the fitness conversation – both so that we can have and be role models for others who are lied to about what is possible with a fat body, and because we can use the position of being athletes (and the privilege we get that we can’t give away) to speak out against the good fatty/bad fatty dichotomy.
Part of it is just because a few months ago I was listening to a book about a guy who completed an IRONMAN and the thought jumped into my head (completely uninvited) “I wonder if I could do that?” and that thought just kept bouncing around in there, until I really wanted to know the answer.
So here I am, training for this thing. The next question is, how am I going to talk about it? I decided to give it its own blog because I really want to record my IM journey and I want to do it in a way that doesn’t take over this space (I know that a lot of people who read this blog get triggered when I talk about athletics and fitness and such so I want to keep it just to the Sunday Marathon updates.)
So if you want to follow my IRONMAN journey I invite you to www.ironfat.com!
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