I don't know the answer. But it is something I need to figure out before I am successful at anything in life, let alone these races that REQUIRE that level of commitment before the event.
I watch this new show called Boundless on the Esquire Channel. It is about two endurance athletes attempting different races all across the world. I love it because on race day, they seem as unprepared as I have been for races. By that I mean, they have trained for the event (sort-of) but they aren't real, real serious or safe about it. They never trained in open ocean water for an 8hr ocean paddle board race. They hadn't been biking in years before a grueling mountain bike race. Junk like that. DUMB. I look at them attempting things they think they can not fail and all I can think is: BUT YOU HAVEN'T TRAINED FOR THIS!! Even if they succeed, how much easier would it have been if they were better prepared?
And that is my own problem. I don't worry about failure too much - I am pretty convinced I can do anything I set my mind to. But at what commitment level is my mind set to to do the work to reach that goal beforehand?
I think my body is amazing in that it can keep chugging along no matter the pain or fatigue it's experiencing. I think my mind is strong because I don't give up when I know I have a goal. So what is holding me back from committing to full time, full-court-press training? Why is it so easy to skip the training sessions I KNOW I need to do in order to be the most successful?
If I figure this out for training, can I use it to change my whole life?!?
In looking at 2014, I'd like to do at least one race event per month, with the possible exception of March when I'll be pretty busy with World Balloon Convention, where I'll be teaching. (Maybe a sprint tri for that month.) I'd like to do another Oly before the half Iron but a lot of smaller races aren't scheduled yet. I'll probably have to wait until closer to the time to see what is available within my reasonable travel distance. I definitely want to do the Outer Banks Tri in September again to see how much I can improve on my Olympic time there with an extra year of training. The two other major races I was considering are the Rock N Roll Full Marathon in Raleigh on my birthday (April 13th), and the Beach2Battleship in Wilmington (the half-Iron distance - I want my first full Iron to be Ironman branded).
Big goals. Now I need to see if I've got the commitment to follow through on them...