Today is a beautiful day. A day I have been highly anticipating for several months now. It is the day I officially start training for the Ironman taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 11, 2016.

Go back in time a few months to October when I was faced with the reality of bidding farewell to my twenties, and ushered in a new phase of life by turning 30. Not wanting to fully let go of my youth, I decided I wanted to tackle a new adventure that would still make me feel youthful and energetic – with that in mind, I decided to sign up for an Ironman. Having yet to even compete in a triathlon of any distance, it may seem ignorant and unwise to immediately jump into such an adventure… but that’s the way I like to do things – I had never even run a 5k (minus one or two before the age of ten with my dad) before running a marathon. I had never sat down and attempted to write anything, before sitting down and trying to write a book. With a bit of stupidity and ignorance, I like to skip over the smaller stepping stones, and just go for the biggest prize out there.

As I embark on this new adventure I am filled with two distinct emotions; relief and excitement.

To be honest, I am relieved that this day is finally here. For the better part of the past five months, I have been talking about, reading about, planning for, and anticipating training…and now it is finally here. I am relieved to finally take the first steps and begin this journey.

I am beyond excited. It is a new adventure and a new challenge. Over the past months I have seen a growing excitement toward figuring out how to cycle – in recent weeks I have been studying and learning proper swim technique. After running a handful of marathons the training and daily miles had become a bit monotonous, having new disciplines to work at and new techniques to try and improve upon is giving me a lot of excitement. Perhaps the initial excitement will wear off over time as the early morning workouts, and two-a-day workouts get tiring, but for now I am excited about what the next six months of training will look like.

At this point I don’t have a lot of specific goals, however, there are two that are sticking out to me right now:

1. Finish.

2. The race will start around 7am and the sun will set around 7pm – I want to finish while it is still light out. Because of my schedule and the training demands, many of my workouts will occur before sunrise. Therefore, I have the mindset of training before sunrise so that on the day of the race, I can finish before sunset.

Let the fun begin.