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:)
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!