November 21, 2018

My Impossible Goal: Ironman in 2012

I just read this great post by Joel Runyon over at Blog of Impossible Things. It inspired me to go public with my Impossible 2012 Goal: Finish an Ironman. Specifically, the Vineman in July.

I did sorta let the cat out of the bag in Just Enough and Just In Time Leadership but I figured why not just come out and boldly say:

My Impossible Goal for 2012 is to Finish an Ironman

What’s an Ironman

I’m sure most of you have heard of an Ironman but don’t really know what it entails. Here is a brief overview:

  • 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim (Ocean, Lake or River. Wetsuit optional below 78 F)

  • 112 Mile Bike Ride

  • 26.2 Mile Run

Presently, the World Record (set at Ironman Mecca, Kona Hawaii) is 7:41:33 by Andreas Raelert in 2011. I’m not hoping for anything near that nor could I even get close. All I care about is finishing.

Triathletes are part of the growing class of athletes called endurance athletes who compete in multi-event and sometimes multi-day races.

Why Triathlon Let Along an Ironman?

For triathletes, the Ironman is the ultimate for the sport. It’s the achievement that truly shows your dedication, courage and conditioning to become an Ironman. It’s also been a dream of mine ever since I did my first Tri in 2006.

Another important reason I do triathlons is to stay in shape and not revert back to my days of being overweight. It was pretty depressing to let myself go after college and balloon to an unhealthily weight.

To put that in perspective, I used to run in High School. Back then, I was 165 lbs (6’ 1” Tall). After college, I weighted 225 lbs. Now, I hover around 180 lbs, which is a great weight for me.

Making the Impossible, Possible

What really resonates with me about Joel’s blog is that he challenges people to rethink what’s possible. I really like that because most of us (me included) can’t wrap our heads around something we have either never done or feel is out of our abilities. That is something all of us need to break out of.

For me, impossible is only impossible if you don’t have a plan to make it possible.

If Endorphin Dude Can Do It, So Can I

My goal might seem impossible but Tony “Endorphin Dude” Nguyen’s goal was shear crazy — 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks but he ended up doing it. His goal was a monumental achievement that took a tremendous amount of planning and endurance to pull off. He got through it with lots of support from his friends and fellow Marathon Maniacs!

Surviving Road Ahead With Your Help

I have about 30 weeks to train for this Ironman. Thankfully, I have trained before and just need to focus on getting the hours of training up (it peaks at about 15-20 hours a week). It’s going to be tough but I’m up for the challenge but I know I’ll need some help.

That’s where you come it.

I’ll periodically post updates on my training progress and the parallels to leadership. I’m also planning on participating in the Impossible League to get that extra boost when times get tough. If you are doing something impossible or just want to cheer me on, please post a comment or send me a note (either here or over at the Impossible League).

Onward to Vineman!