Don't let the title fool you. I did sign up for Ironman Tahoe.... but as a volunteer. If you've never signed up to volunteer at an Ironman, believe me when I tell you it's more complicated than applying for a job. I had no idea what I was doing, or how they could possibly need a week's worth of volunteers, but I finally settled for a 9:30 am - 6:00 pm shift at running aid station 1 on the day of the race. I'll probably be hungry and tired at the end, and I hope that other volunteers aren't lame because that's actually a pretty long day!
This year they are doing a 70.3 at the same time as the 140.6. Many people from our "team" are doing it, but I decided to go with volunteering instead. Here are my reasons for volunteering instead of participating:
1.) This one goes without saying, but I really appreciate volunteers at all the races I do.
2.) I get to immerse myself in an Ironman experience without actually having to do one (yet). I anticipate I'll be learning quite a lot.
3.) The altitude at Tahoe is too high, and I like to be able to breathe while I'm racing. No joke, one time I passed out running 1/4 mile at high altitude in Yellowstone park. It was summertime and I was dehydrated, but it's still not something I'd like to repeat. My sister had to run through a pack of buffalo to go get me some gatorade. On the plus side, needing medical attention really helped pass the time until Old Faithful's next eruption.
You're welcome, family. If it weren't for me we wouldn't have been here for this!
4.) I'm setting my sights on a fall marathon (November), so after August I'm going to be primarily a runner for a short time. A 9/21 triathlon doesn't fit well into that plan.
That's all for my quick update!