Updated: Nov 3, 2020
COVID has changed our lives in many ways, and none for the better. My day to day life, fortunately, was affected less than most. I work from home and live in a smaller town in Wisconsin. However, my goal to complete an Ironman was dramatically changed. Near the peak of my training, Ironman Wisconsin was cancelled. I found myself asking, "Now what?"
Like many triathletes, I was training almost daily. My life was revolving around this training schedule, and for the most part, I was enjoying myself. The anticipation of the event was exciting. Although my other race events began to cancel (Buffalo Triathlon, Grandma's, etc.), I still hoped Ironman would happen. It was in September, so I thought surely the quarantine would be over by then. I was wrong. The cancellation was official, and I had a choice to make. I could enjoy an extended off season or find something else to do.
Keep in mind, I was left with this high level of raw fitness, a chiseled physique, and the cardiovascular health of the Tarahumara tribe. Okay, not exactly, but I was definitely left with a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to test myself by running an ultra marathon. I signed up for the Icebox 480. This is a local race where you trail run for 480 minutes (8 hours) and see how far you can go. My goal is 42 miles, but 35 miles may be more realistic. I am finding trail running to be a slower pace and much more physically demanding than road running, but the scenery makes it completely worth it.
My training schedule changed a bit from triathlon training. I am still training 5-6 days a week, but I'm biking less, running more, and not swimming at all (hallelujah!)!
Although it's important for me to have a focus and something scheduled on the calendar, it's even more important for me to stay active and connected. It's good for my mind, body, and spirit. I see this adjustment to my season as simply part of the journey; which, by the way, never ends.
The event is scheduled for November 7th. Wish me luck!