Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Iron Eric to Become Real IRON

I have always been active throughout my life. I played little league baseball, pee wee football, and tae-kwon-do. I started getting serious around high school. I joined the track and cross country teams. By my sophomore year, I made varsity. I won my first 2-mile track event in cold rain/snow conditions. I joined the Marching Band and stuck with it for 4 years.

College came and went. I decided to train for a marathon my second year. I trained some, marched in the band, studied, and enjoyed college. I don't know where I found time to train?? Looking back, I would rate my training "fair". I had a few good long distance runs and some track workouts. I called myself a seasonal runner (Mar-Oct). I never ran during the cold season. I finished my marathon and couldn't nearly walk for a couple of days.

I ran another marathon in 2005. I joined a running club and trained better. I learned more about nutrition, training, sleeping, managing my time, etc. Long story short, I finished my marathon 50 minutes faster. I did the same marathon in 2006 and improved by a minute.

I started Triathlon in 2006. I decided that running 4-5 times per week was hard and too much. I wanted a new challenge and triathlon was it. I borrowed my aunt's bike and got swimming lessons from her. This was the first time I've been on a rode bike and swam laps in a pool. I was starting from scratch, except for running.

I have learned so much in the short time I have been doing the sport. I have read books/magazines, watched movies, taken classes, lessons and more. After I finished my first race, I was hooked. I did some research and bought my first bike. I eventually obtained more equipment, wetsuit (from ebay), race entries, and more. I think it's worth it!

I have done 2 half-ironmans, 1 sprint, 1 Olympic, 1 century ride, 3 winter duathlons in just 2 years. That is awesome.

My next adventure is my journey to Ironman! This will happen at Couer d'Alene in 2008. I am very excited. My wife plans on going with me. She is the best! My parents are still thinking about it, but I booked a hotel room for them just in case.

My blog is different then many of you. I post my workouts. I keep good track of what is what and my distances. Thanks to all who have stopped by and experienced triathlon with me!

Iron Eric
"One full year of Happiness"


supalinds said...

Nice to meet you. Look forward to getting to know you better.

Tea said...

YEA ERIC! WOOHOO!! I'll be looking for you this weekend! Of course, at your'll be more like "ohlooktheregoeseric...zooom"

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

Welcome Eric!!

SWTrigal said...

Great to meet you. Wow-you really did get hooked fast! IMCDA-a mere 8 months away-can't wait..

S. Baboo said...

The Ironman is a great journey. Welcome aboard!