Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Offically Crazy!

So, I have been looking at a silly little race for over two months now. I have read race reports, stalked the courses, and gotten nervous of the very thought of it. I have filled out the registration form twice as my stomach was twisting and turning and just couldn't get myself to pull the trigger once I got to the register button. In my option doing this race might be the worst decision ever... why would anyone want to swim 2.4, bike 112, and then run 26.2? But for some reason I am still drawn to the idea...

I don't know what changed over the weekend, if anything changed, but I found myself re-looking at the race website after a little push from a certain chocolate blogger.  I was secretly wishing it was closed out already so I would have an excuse to why I wouldn't be racing it in 2012. Sadly when I got on the page the race was still open and my excuse was gone! I proceeded to the registration form and filled out the questions. When I got the question: "Why do you want to be an Ironman?" I stopped and thought....why did I actually want to be an ironman, why would I want to put my body through this? My first reaction to the question is because I'm stupid crazy, but I certainly couldn't write that down. After some more thought I came up with a much better answer that made sense to me and continued to fill out the form. After I input my CC information I called out to Jason: "Is there any reason that I should not do this?" His simply said: "NO!!!!" and I guess that's all I needed as a shut my eyes and clicked on the finial button.

Umm...with that said I have a very long journey ahead of me before I show up on race day, August 26th in Louisville, KY.  This race by far will be the biggest test of mental and physical toughness that I ever faced, but I think it's a journey that is worth taking as I cross the finish line in 9 months and here: "Sarah Karpinski, you are an Ironman!"

How was your weekend? Did you go and do anything crazy? 


Happy Monday all :)

11 comments:

  1. I definitely didn't do one single crazy thing. NOTHING.

    Your husband is obviously the ultimate enabler. I blame him for this debacle, since he convinced you to go ahead, which convinced me to go ahead.

    Good God...

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  2. YES! This was my other option - yay August race training partners :) Very Exciting.

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  3. Very exciting! I like the new blog look too!

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  4. SO COOL! Though I have no IM ambitions/desires myself, I really resonated with this statement: "why would anyone want to swim 2.4, bike 112, and then run 26.2? But for some reason I am still drawn to the idea..." Take out the specifics, and I'm sure every endurance athlete in the world has said something similar. I am so looking forward to following your training for this!

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  5. I had so much fun watching this unfold last week. It should be a fun journey to follow. Good luck!!

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  6. Yessssssssss!!! I'm so excited for you. Love watching people drink the Ironman kool aid :)

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  7. Congratulations!!

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  8. This will be the best thing you have ever done (second to your wedding day.) It will change your life in ways you never thought. Cheers!

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  9. You are going to absolutely love Louisville! I did it back in 2010 and it is an amazing race. Make sure to train hills on the bike, and you will be good to go. You can do it without a doubt! Crossing the finish line will be one of the best and awarding things you will ever do in your life :)

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