I was inspired by two of my very close friends kicking butt in a half ironman this weekend, and another close friend training for a full. If you don't know what a half ironman is, prepare to be wowed! It's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike & 13.1 mile run! It's a killer race, and takes the "average" triathlete about 7 hours (and I say "average" in quotes because you can't quite be average if you're doing a 70.3!) Watching them successfully complete the race made me so proud of them, but also sad, as 2 years ago it was supposed to be me. I trained for my own 70.3, and 2 weeks before competing was hosptalized for 2 days with severe pneumonia after an olympic distance tri. I never got my chance to prove I could do it. Have I missed my chance completely??
I would like to find out! I'm thinking of signing up for a marathon in December. Am I crazy? I still plan to be breastfeeding then. Will doing 40-50 miles/week affect my milk? Is my body ready to train? Can I not just "finish" but really compete with my previous 8 times? Is it fair to my two children to be training for something when they need me? How about fair to my hubby? But if I don't do it now, will the window close? Will I never return to the competitive sports that I love? What to do, what to do?