I can't begin to recall the number of times I was told "act your age" growing up. And it's fortunate I have my own house, because it's something I would probably hear to this day. I have a hard time even believing I'm about to turn 40, let alone acting like a 40-year old should act.
Still, 40 is a foreign concept. Perhaps it's because I put less emphasis on age and more on action. I know plenty of older (and younger) people with whom I share many values. That is certainly true of triathlon. Whether 20, 40, or 60, a triathlete is a triathlete. Especially in the age group world.
Acting my age has always been tough. It's still a challenge. I am learning, though, that FEELING my age is much easier. In fact, it may be my inability to ACT my age that results in my feeling much older. Or perhaps it's just that recovery takes so much longer.
Moving forward after the marathon, I have a half-IM and a 50-miler on the official race plan. In addition, I have the one event that will ensure I FEEL my age at least one more time, this summer. When I take on the B-Fit B-Day challenge, the swim is sure to push me to my limits. The 40 mile bike and 10 mile run are comparatively easy. The four mile swim is where I'll probably feel it.
That is why I will undertake this challenge a bit differently than many. I will be tacking the swim on as the FINAL event. I will complete the bike and run in the afternoon of day one, and finish the swim in the morning of the "second" day. I figure the night's rest will be the same regardless of when I swim. And knowing that I don't have to get on a bike or go run will make the pain of the swim more tolerable.
Now all I have to do is decide when I will tackle the challenge. Perhaps the swim WON'T be the hardest part...
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.