"You could qualify for Kona"
"What?" I looked up from my book and stared at him.
"YOU.could.qualify.for.Kona." He said the words slowly.
"What are you talking about? Do you know how hard that is? Do you KNOW how fast those women are?"
"YOU are one of those fast women. You could qualify."
"Wait. I'm doing my first 70.3 in SIX years this year. I don't even know how it's going to go. And the training. You know what type of training it takes to do Ironman."
Just then J-Man popped in with, "Yeah, remember....I'm going out for a ride. I'll see you IN SEVEN HOURS."
Me laughing: "Yeah. That."
"All I'm saying is that J-Man is leaving. You have time to train. You're fast. Why not?"
"Maybe next year, I'll do a couple of 70.3's"
"Maybe next year, you should do a 70.3 and an Ironman. You have time to train. I'm just saying, Pick a non Ironman race. Those don't fill up very fast. Do it and see how it goes."
I couldn't respond to that. Ironman really hasn't been on my radar. Even with the boys moving out, I was waiting. We're going to have a lot of free time, and I didn't want to fill "our" time with training. But was that just an excuse? I have the flexibility to do long training days when Mr. Tea is at work.
I had a friend that I was planning to do Ironman with. We were going to do the same race, but that's no longer an option. It was going to give me someone to train with....but that person is gone now.
Could I do it on my own? Could I enlist people to ride with me for portions of a long ride?
We do have Ironman Boulder now. I'm sure I could find training groups or group rides to keep me entertained.
The one thing that was holding me back the entire time was having support from Mr. Tea.
Now, I have that?