Now for the Big Kahuna. The one that tipped the scales.
In October 2015, I completed my first 70.3 mile half-iron distance triathlon. For those of you who don’t know, this is a 3 part endurance event where you swim, bike, and run one after the other. Covering a total of 70.3 miles. 1.2 mile swim in open water, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run (half-marathon). I went into training having just completed a marathon, so in post-marathon shape. And trained specifically for 8 months for this event. I thought if I could only get to the end of it I would be golden. For 8 months I trained very hard. So hard that I knew it would be less difficult than I expected. So my expectations for myself went from finishing, to having a time goal. It was very doable according to how I had trained.