I’ve finally made the mental flip to officially try for a full Ironman. Woo-hoo! I’ve got my sights set on Ironman Coeur d’Alene (June, 2012), and I’ve started saving up for the registration fee ($600!).
For a while now I’ve wanted to do something in the way of fundraising for some sort of charity, but since I was going to do all these races anyway, it didn’t seem honest to say “motivate me with your moneys”.
For the full Ironman, though, I have no qualms about asking for extra motivation. In case you don’t know, an Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. All in a row. In 17 hours or less. Ouch.
I think what I’ll do is see if I can raise enough money to match my registration fee ($600), and then donate that match to a charity.
When I started running two and a half years ago (which eventually led to my entering triathlons), I was motivated in part by my grandfather’s failing health. Towards the end he was suffering from pretty severe dementia, and it was heartbreaking to watch him struggle to remember where he was, who he was talking to, or even form complete sentences. As such, I’ve decided to make the Alzheimer’s Association my charity of choice.
So, please motivate me with your moneys, and between now and next June I’ll train my butt off so I can survive Ironman and give a bunch of cash to a deserving charity!