I made the decision and registered for Ironman Louisville in October, 2015. I did this for me. I didn't sign up for another IM to prove anything to anyone but ME!
There is common banter going on among those who were in the Ironman freshman class at IMFL 2014: We didn't get to do it all. We didn't get the full parade. I, like many others, were ready. We trained. We practiced. We improved. We flourished. We didn't just do enough to get by on race day. We.Were.Ready!
I don't need you to tell me I didn't get to swim. I know, I was there. I don't need you to remind me I didn't get the full experience. I know, I was there. While I wear my finisher's gear proudly and I'm putting an MDot finisher emblem on my car, I have issues with the number: 140.6.
Last night I met with a friend to discuss coaching. When we left, he looked at the back of my car and pointed out I didn't have a 140.6 magnet. He pulled his off and offered it to me (he has more at home). I said no thank you. I didn't do 140.6. My RoadID badge says 138.2. It's the story of my Ironman. But....
I am not 140.6. Was I ready? Yes. Could I have done it? Yes. Would I have done it? Yes. Will I do it again? Yes. I'm doing it for me.
But now....it's time to move on. I will scroll past the discussions on Facebook (I promise to try). I will not engage with those who feel the need to minimize my accomplishment.
I cut off my Florida Athlete's band. I'm running 3-4 days a week to focus on Dopey. I made some decisions about coaching for next year (thank you Jason, Brian, Brad, Len and Chuck). Training and getting ready of Ironman Florida was one hell of an adventure and I'm looking forward to the next one with Louisville. If you want to ride Silk Sheets, Bud Plant or (Lord help me) the Sisters in Roswell, let me know. It's time to build Block's climbing!
P.S. If you feel the uncontrollable urge to share with an IMFL 2014 finisher that you think they are actually not real Ironman try this tactic: BITE YOUR TONGUE! Just because you have an opinion, doesn't mean you have to share it.