Monday, December 31, 2012

Feeling Like A Kid - New Adventures In 2013

A few days ago, Tani and I took our kids to the Big Apple Circus. It was a first for our daughter who is nearly 3 and the experience was a wonderful reminder for me. The expression of awe and sheer joy on her face reminded me once again how raw and special it can be to try something new. I know every year when I set a new goal the excitement of that endeavour keeps me motivated. When the moment is upon me like this past year and I am standing at over 6,000 feet on the edge of the Grand Canyon or 263 feet below sea level at the start of the Badwater Ultramarathon, I feel like a little kid again. It's a sensation that never grows old and I can't find a reason we should ever lose that. It's called living no?

On that note, I am looking forward to many new and exciting challenges this year. Some that I am aware of and hopefully some that will just come along and surprise me. While I will be running several races I have run before, because I love them, I have also decided to step way out of my comfort zone and push myself harder in 2013.

First, My goal is to complete an Ironman in 2014 and to that end, I will be competing in my first two triathlons this summer.  Beginning in July with an Olympic distance in NYC and then a Half Ironman in New Hampshire the following month. With no real swimming experience other than a few workouts way back in my sophomore year in high school and zero road bike experience this will be interesting.

On the running front, I will run several 50 milers in the spring and a new 100 miler up in Massachusetts in June. The "Big Dog" however will come in September. The longest continuous run I have completed is 155 miles and it took me 45.5 hours in August 2011 (The Catskill 155). I have decided with Tani's support of course, that I am going to run 48 hours straight in an attempt to cover 200 miles. Like the Catskill 155 this will be a solo effort and not a formal race. There will be more to come on this in the coming months as the planning takes shape. One thing I can say with great certainty, this challenge will push me beyond all limits I perceive and make me feel like a kid again. Or maybe it will just make me cry like a baby:)

As always, all of my runs (and triathlons) will be in support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation raising money and awareness for much needed research to find new treatments and a cure for Multiple Myeloma.

I hope everyone finds a way to feel like a kid again this year. Let me know what you have planned. Peace and Have A Great Year!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Eric,

    Exciting to see you'll be doing an Ironman. It's a lot of fun. I'd not worry about the swim so much - One year ago I didn't really know how to swim - I could make it across a pool once, and that was about it. I went from that to Ironman in ten months. The deceptively hard part is the bike, because at 112 miles it will probably take as long as the run and the swim put together.

    Right in your backyard in September is another 70.3 that you might want to consider - it's called Toughman and is in the Croton Harmon area. I'll be there this year and it would be cool to see you.

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    1. Thanks Steve! I will definitely look into Toughman although it may conflict with my big Charity Run this year. Hope you are well. E

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