Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm A Lifer

So Nalani sent me an email this morning that said, "I have the active.com registration open for IM Canada right now."

And that was all it took. I didn't need a beer or even 10 minutes to think about it. I called Scott who said yes (although on the condition that he gets a trip to Bali at some point... fair enough!) and since I have my credit card number memorized, it was just a matter of pressing some buttons on my computer and then Ta-Dah! "You are now registered for Ironman Canada".

In all honesty, I had not even considered doing Canada until I got that email from Nalani. I've done Canada twice before though... 1997 and 2002. Canada '97 was my first ironman (you never forget your first time!). I was injured most of the summer and therefore did not bike or run much at all. Unlike some people I cannot just go pop off a 10 hour IM without training... But I did pop off a 14:20! :) Anyway, I do love that race and I will be happy to go back to Penticton next August for my 12th ironman.

So that got me thinking... I wonder when I'll get to stop doing Ironman? At what point do you say enough is enough? Hmmmm. I really do not know. Maybe when you get to the point where you don't enjoy the training anymore? I'm definitely not there yet. I still love the training. I love the lifestyle. I love the racing. Maybe I'm just a Lifer?

15 comments:

mmmonyka said...

I do not know what a Lifer is but it sounds about right:)

You and Nalani should have signed up for Mt Tremblant!

I think that you have a bad influence on Nalani, now she is all hooked up on racing an IM every year, twice!

Aimee said...

Awesome! I cannot believe that will be your 12th IM! I still have my first to do in Nov!!

Molly said...

Oh good, you've done this one, so you can tell me it will be all good and I will like it, right? :) Because this is the first time I've signed up for a course sight unseen.

I'm so looking forward to seeing you out there next year!!! I am definitely getting hooked on these...I hope that's not a bad thing!

rr said...

Yea! Smart girl, this place is amazing & with how you bike, you'll have a great time on the hilly course. Good call!

Beth said...

You are totally a Lifer. :) Just wait until they have a IM in Bali!! :)

Matt said...

See ya there!

Ginger Spansel said...

I so wish my knees had another Ironman in them. :(

Canada in 1992 was my first - it was a sprint to the finish to beat the 12 hour mark! 11:59:56!

Glad you're going back! Say hi to Ogopogo for me!!

Kiet said...

I'm so tempted to sign up to race with you and Matty, I still love the distance, but at the same time, I gave myself three years, and well, it's time to scratch some other things off the bucket list. To be continued...

Rebecca DeWire said...

Beth's comment about in IM in Bali is funny! I think it is awesome that you are able to race IM so much.

Jennifer Harrison said...

AWESOME! I always thought Canada IM would be amazing!

Angela and David said...

It's funny, when I saw you post this on FB I thought "Is she going to do these for the rest of her life?" Looks like you are!

mmmonyka said...

But that would give you only around 5 weeks to recover for Kona... :)

Jill Costantino said...

Yeah - another person to "stalk" cheer for! That is AMAZING how many IMs you've done - CRAZY! It's so beautiful there too!
AWESOME!

Kim said...

NICE Michelle! I saw that on FB and I was excited for you!! I think we both my be lifers! If you can do it and do it so well with your little cutie then darn it.. so can I (someday, when hopefully I can have one!). Awesome!!!

N.D. said...

that's so great! I feel like if I got into it though, I wouldn't even be able to afford it!