The Deed is Done!
My inbox proudly reports....
Congratulations! You are now registered for the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Vineman
"The Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathlon (formerly the Half Vineman Triathlon) consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run triathlon and is a qualifier for the Marines Ironman World Championship 70.3 at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, NV. This event has become one of the most popular and highly competitive triathlons in the world."
One of the most popular & highly competitive in the WORLD? What have I done? Why am I doing this?
"The Ironman 70.3 VinemanTriathlon is held in Sonoma County, California (about one hour north of San Francisco). The point-to-point event begins at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville and takes entrants past hundreds of vineyards and dozens of wineries before it finishes up at Windsor High School in Windsor. The course is a tour of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, passing through four different grape growing regions: the Russian River Region, the Dry Creek Valley, the Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill."
That must be it! I thought I was registering for a tour of wine country. I guess in sense I did. I wonder if the transition area includes wine tasting?
Seriously, The event sold out in less than 3 hours. Why do I find that almost as intimidating as the race distance itself?
A simple email confirmation. A very cool challenge!
"DO NOT RESIST CHANCES. Take them like vitamins. Let go of the brakes. See what happens if you go five more miles. Footbridges be damned, find your own way across. Don't worry about the bumps and bruises. Your body can take them. Don't steer around the bits that scare you, go over them, go through them. Do something the guys in the bowling league would be terrified of. You feel your chin rise up from your chest, and you'll be able to see what's around you. What's ahead of you. And there will be one less thing you cannot do. JUST DO IT. -September 1995"