An Ironman is part party, part race, part celebration of the human spirit. In my previous 5 Ironman races it was 98% about the race for me, and it paid off with 5 sub 10 finishes and Kona qualifications. But I confess that I was so busy chasing a fast time or a Kona slot that I often missed the party.
I did my final test ride today and I deemed my damaged quads “not ready” for the rigors of full gas Ironman racing, but ready for an easy and fun 112 mile spin up a beautiful and stark Hawaiian highway with 2000 of my closest friends. So I’ll be doing my first ever Ironman “fun run.” This year I’m coming to party!
Yes, I understand that some of you think this is quite a stretch. After all, I am the guy who told himself during Ironman Coeur D’Alene 2010 that “even if the bones in my feet shatter I’ll keep pushing at 7 minutes per mile with bloody stumps.” I’ve pushed myself so hard in some past races that I needed help to get off the toilet the next day. But I’m declaring my intention–I am going to go easy and have fun!
What’s the difference between an Ironman Race and an Ironman Fun Run? I’m glad you asked since I created this handy “Top 12 Differences Between an Ironman Race and an Ironman Fun Run”chart to answer just that question!
“Top 12 Differences Between an Ironman Race and an Ironman Fun Run”
If you’re looking for me on October 8th, I’ll be partying!