Ironman triathlon training is taking up a good bit of time these days. I'm swimming, biking, running and lifting 12-14 hours a week, working on building a solid aerobic base for when the training begins in ernest in late February leading up to a June race. This is such a crazy sport, the time and monetary investment is massive, and it changes your entire life. Everything is effected; diet, sleep, job, family. You live in a constant state of mild soreness and fatigue.
Its not the fact that a triathlete can race 140.6 miles in 10 hours that is impressive, but rather he or she has juggled every aspect of their life over the preceding several months to successfully get themselves to the starting line. The race, as many experienced athletes will attest to, is actually a relief. In the forefront of your mind you know that it's the last time you will have to don a pair of goggles and dive into early morning cold water, or worry about maintaining the appropriate running pace for a very long time. For now, at least, that relief is far away. There is a ton of work to do between now and late June. Heading out on a bike ride now before it starts to snow.