There were times when I was more easily impressed. I was impressed when someone ran a marathon faster than 4 hours. Because I could not. Or there were even times when running a marathon, no matter what the result, was sufficient to wow me. But I have evolved. I have become so much faster. I now run marathons even more than 1 hour faster compared to my very first one (1h 12 min slower than my current PB). I have realised that almost anyone can run a marathon. It is a matter of some willpower and some dedicated training.
On Saturday, we went to watch the Ironmen run. It was the massive Ironman Tallinn event. Super expensive but also super cool. I comprehended its extent only later when I watched it on TV. People from all over the world came here to do the Ironman. I watched them run a marathon after they had already swum 3.8 km (sounds impossible to me) and biked 180 km (my one day record in cycling is something around 110 km and I was dead afterwards). Some of them were really slow and tired but the very best had already finished when we arrived. However, some of them demonstrated quite a pretty pace and moved exceptionally well. I kept thinking how they must be suffering. All that swimming and cycling and then a marathon as well? Ugh, no thanks. Yet, I am also very impressed by the faster ones. Yes, doing an Ironman is itself quite an achievement but if you basically walk through the marathon or have a huge beer belly, then I am not impressed. I am impressed if you do the Ironman and are also fit. If you do not risk your life unnecessarily. The obese people are not a fun sight. Sorry, but they are not. I do not think they should participate in such an event. This is not sport, this is a major health risk. People should be sufficiently fit before they embark on such a thing.
You would need to be a fast Ironman to impress me. Because a marathon is no longer enough.
Would I try an Ironman race? Yes. But not before I am 50. Or 40. I do not want to sacrifice my running right now to focus more on swimming and cycling. Even when most triathletes run pretty fast. Currently, I do not have that much time for all this. Maybe later when I am financially secure and can do full-time training without becoming poor… Oh, and I am afraid as well! Afraid of drowning, for instance. All that swimming… oh noes. And I do not actually like cycling. The clothes are actually, the tan lines are ugly, the sitting position seems uncomfortable and would possibly kill my lower back completely and I already have issues with it. So, for now I have all these excuses. Later, later, later.