Welcome to my first blog entry! I have big goals for the next few years and thought it would be good to share my progress with you, my faithful readers! You see, I have set a goal for myself to complete a full Ironman rave. The Ironman race is one the toughest one day endurance races in the world. It is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike, and finally followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon. Wow, I am tired just typing those distances in! To top it all off you only have 17 hours to complete the race! Well there it is, my goal is public so I have to do it now right?
If you know me, or have read the “about” section on the blog, you will realize that I have not been a lifelong athlete. In fact, quite the opposite! I had a great relationship with the couch and television for over 20 years. This led to a huge weight gain and a loss of self-confidence. It was time to turn things around so I have slowly pulled myself back to the land of the fit, but I continue to struggle with food (I just like it too much).
So if you think I am a slight, run like the wind athlete you would be wrong. This will be hard for me, very hard. I am sure as I reach for this goal I will have ups and downs, injuries, and other setbacks. I know deep down inside that at some point I will hear Mike Reilly the long time announcer at Ironman events say “Mike McEachern from Ontario, Canada, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” as I cross the finish line. A goal like this is not accomplished alone, it requires a huge amount of family dedication and I am blessed to have a very supportive family around me!
I have not registered for the full Ironman, in fact I will likely complete a ½ Ironman first as a training event. I will keep you all posted as my event planning gets clearer. In the meantime, keep checking back for updates on how my training is progressing!!
See you at the finish line…..