I feel like everyone and their three-legged dog with a blind left eye has a “couch-to-athlete” blog detailing the trials and tribulations of going from fat lay about to bona fide triathlete (or marathoner or Ironman or whatever the athletic goal is). I’ve been there, I finished that, I have the medal to prove it. In the age of everyone gets a medal and you’re a winner just for finishing, I actually want to win. Or, if not win, I want to qualify for the grand daddy of all races, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Unlike finishing a triathlon, or even finishing an Ironman, I cannot accomplish this by following a 10 or 20 week program and then swim-bike-wogging my way through a race course of the appropriate distance. Rather, this is going to be a multi-year process. At absolute best I have over two years — I may be able to qualify in November of 2011 for the October of 2012 race, but in reality I’m proably looking at a 3 to 4 year project. What’s the first step in trying to achieve this goal? First, is finishing off my 2010 race season with the FIRMMan half in Rhode Island on Septemnber 12, 2010 and then the HalfMax National Championship in South Carolina on October 2, 2010. Next its two weeks of rest and then back to base training for 2011 coupled with dropping 35 or so pounds and getting my body composition in line with a “real” triathlete.

Hopefully I will be able to use this space to chronicle my journey, for better, for worse and no matter how much of an arrogant asshole I am on any given day.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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