That's right. It's official. On Friday, I registered for Ironman Lake Placid ("IMLP") 2014 and the Syracuse Half Ironman 2014. Here's the confirming email:
Dear Shanna O'Neal, Thank you! You are now registered for the Race Ready Package - 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid/ IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse - Race Ready Package - 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid/ IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse. Congratulations! You have now completed the first step of the registration process for the Race Ready Package – 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid / IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse. You have paid and reserved a spot for both events; however, your registration is not complete. You will receive two separate emails in order to complete your registration for both events. You will receive the registrations instructions for 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid onTuesday, July 30th by 5:00pm ETand you will receive the registration instructions for 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse onFriday, August 2nd by 5pm ET.
So it is on! I'm training with a group of friends, which will make the seven months of training a lot more fun and a lot less lonely. Training officially starts in January and the race is next July. I expect the training will literally take over my life at some point, so it's inevitable that it will take over the blog, too. Get used to the abbreviations "IM" and "IMLP"! I hope you enjoy the ride next year!
In the meantime, I am excited to hit all my remaining goals for 2013: finish my first half ironman tri in early September, ride my first Century (i.e., 100 mile) bike ride in late September and then finish the Philly full marathon in under 4 hours.