Flushed by my short course Clydesdale victory in Chicago, I registered for the Harvest Moon Half Ironman triathlon on on September 16 as it is the official long course Clydesdale & Athena National Championships.
That's not the really stupid part. The really really stupid part is the date. Keen (and perhaps even not so keen observers) will notice that the race is one week (that would be seven days) after Ironman Wisconsin.
To make matter worse I am once again driving my little electric car across the bread basket of America to get to the race in Madison.
That means I'll be cramped in a car for two long days and over 1000 miles after my third Ironman. Who knows it could be good for my legs to sit in a car for over 16-hours after an Ironman. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking with it for now.
So the question is a simple one; How much will I suffer during the Harvest Moon half Ironman race?
Please keep in mind that my only goal at Ironman Wisconsin is to run the run. In other words, run most of the marathon. But it is a marathon and conventional wisdom says that they do tend to tear you up a bit.
So on a scale of 1 to 10: One being almost no suffering (like watching an episode of Entourage on my comfy couch) to 10 being such excruciating pain (like watching twenty episodes of Desperate Housewives in a row while cleaning out the fish tank), how much will I suffer?
Please cast your votes below if you feel like giving me your 2 cents: