Ryan and Tim have signed up to do the Coeur d”Alene Ironman on June 24, 2012.
2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run

Ryan and Tim have been friends – some might think frenemies – for approximately six years. They met in graduate school (both have masters in social work and public health from UNC) and that is also where they met their respective partners, Abby and Anna. The four of them, together and as individual couples, have gone to many of the states on the east coast to do triathlons, ultra-marathons, marathons, relays and bike and trail races. You’re bound to hear more about those stories later. While Tim sees himself as the veteran (he’s been running since he was 12), he lacks the vision to set overly ambitious race goals, until Ryan (he’s been running since 2005) sells him on races that neither of them have any business attempting.

We anticipate this blog will serve as a journal of our training (self-serving), while at the same time letting others in on the experience. We want this to be something accessible to athletes and non-athletes alike. Marathon training is crazy for most people already, so the idea of adding a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike ride in front of a 26.2 mile run is pretty ridiculous.

As a coworker once said to me, “running 1 1/2 hours is easy, but finding the time to do it is often much harder.” Hopefully, we’ll not only address our training plan, but how we balance training with the fact that life happens at the same time.

Some people – not everyone – I have met who have done Ironmans are socially awkward. In their defense, I’m sure being in your own head for hours each day training, focusing so much on everything that goes into and out of your body and being rigid when it comes to inflexible training schedules can make someone a bit odd. So, who knows, maybe we’ll go on that journey to social awkwardness together, too.

If you have ideas for posts, would like to submit an entry or would like to be a guest author, email us at ironmannaise@gmail.com

Author: Tim S.


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