Just finished a beer. A celebratory beer. What's the celebration, you ask? Well, Mama just entered her 10th Ironman!
It's amazing how these things come about... the other day I got a phone call from a triathlete... the husband of one of my good friends and training partners from Arizona. He said he wanted me to train him to do IM Coeur d Alene next summer. Ok. Can do. Then his wife posts on FB that she is in too! Theresa and I did Brazil together in 2002 and Canada in 2003.... or maybe it was the other way around? I can't remember. I'm too old and have had a beer already. Regardless, a long long time ago we traveled to foreign countries together and did Ironman races. Then we traveled around afterward and had a blast. Fun times.
Anyway, Theresa started bugging me about doing it too... this is how it always starts...
I dismissed the idea at first... of course... not interested. But then I started thinking about it... the timing of the race is pretty good... I've never been to Idaho... the race is still open... I hear it's a great course...
So what did I do? I tried to talk Nalani into it too. I put a little bug in her ear (or a post on her facebook page) and told her to chew on it.
Then I casually mentioned it to Scott. Just to get a feel for whether or not her would freak out or be open to the idea. He immediately started talking about renting a motorhome and exploring Yellowstone afterward with Moana. (It appeared that he was open.) I was 70% in. Now I just needed Nalani.
And wouldn't you know it? All Nalani really needed was the suggestion... at first I think she sort of dismissed it... but then she got to thinking... and then she flew it by her husband, who apparently said YES ten different times in ten different ways...
SO, tonight was the night... we texted the whole time and did it together. Opened a couple of beers... filled out the little forms... texted back and forth about what interesting facts we should write about ourselves (I told Nalani she should write that it took her two beers before she would fill out this form)... and hit ENTER. So now we're in. Ironman #1 for Nalani. Ironman #10 for me!
The owner of Coffees of Hawaii (my boss who I've never met) has done the race 7 years in a row and he'll be back next year for #8... Maybe we can talk him into getting us COH race gear to wear while we're there... Are you reading this, Albert? Dress us up! Lol.
Anyway, I think it's interesting how the power of suggestion works (note my little message to Albert, above)... a week ago this was not even a blip on my radar. And now I'm a confirmed entrant. Sometimes all it takes is someone to suggest an idea to you, and the rest takes care of itself.