Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ironman Florida Goals

For the record, here they are:

#1 Goal - Toe the line and give it my best shot.

Worst case scenario ... Mother Nature, Mr. Murphy and The Wall all unite against me on race day. I don't have much rough water swimming experience so if Mother Nature serves up some strong chop and swells, I will get out there and try my best to just survive the swim. If Mr. Murphy rides along with me on the bike segment, I will fix flats, pick myself up after falls and just try to keep going. If I run into The Wall during the marathon, I'll just do my best to go around it or over it. Once I've hit The Wall, I know there is no going through it.

#2 Goal - Finish the race.

Medium case scenario ... some things go right and some things go wrong. With the exception of swimming long in really rough conditions, I've had my fair share of experiences dealing with good and bad weather conditions, luck, training days and races. If I manage to finish the swim, don't go out too fast on the bike/run segments, and handle my nutrition well, I will hopefully finish the race within the allowed time limits.

#3 Goal - Finish within 15 hours.

Best case scenario ... if most everything goes right, and that's a big IF. I hope to finish the swim in around 2 hours, the bike in around 7 hours and the run in around 5 hours. Adding in time for transitions, that comes out to about a 14-15 hour race time.

If anyone is interested in tracking me on race day at, my bib number is #2417.


nancytoby said...

I love those goals!! Perfect! Hope to meet you there, and if not, GOOD LUCK!!!

Cliff said...

Good luck ShirleyPerly.

You will do great.

Will follow u on ironmanlive on race day :0

triathlonmom said...

Great Goals! good luck. and don't forget. have lots of FUN!

Flatman said...

Good luck and tailwinds!!!

marathonchris44 said...

Good goals, and Happy Birthday!! :-)

Brent Buckner said...

I'm sure that you achieved goal #1 - congratulations on stepping up to an audatious undertaking.

triathlonmom said...

Looks like you had a GREAT swim. Congratulations on toeing the line. I hope everything is OK. Proud of you, regardless.