Introducing 30 x 30 (and 140.6 dreams)

Two weeks ago, I almost signed up for an Ironman. And I’m not talking about “I considered it for a brief moment and then realized that would be insane, so I let the moment pass.” I had all the credit card info entered. Was on the last page of the registration. Fingers shaking. And I couldn’t press the button.

The end.


Just kidding – so, I’ve always wanted to do an Ironman. Even before I’d ever run a marathon. and now that I’m getting a bit burnt out on marathons and looking to make the switch to triathlons, of course the You-Must-Do-The-Thing-You-Think-You-Cannot-Do person in me immediately sets my sights on the Big Kahuna. And coincidentally, the inaugural Ironman Tahoe registration was opening right around this time! It was 15 months away – the perfect amount of time to train, really. I already have the bike and run base, and am a decently strong swimmer. I immediately thought of all the reasons that OMG-I-MUST-SIGN-UP-FOR-THIS-NOW!

  • I’ve always wanted to do it.
  • It’s in Tahoe, the first IM event in CA in a very long time – no flying required!
  • It means I’ll have a great excuse to spend tons of weekends in spring and summer 2013 in one of my favorite places in the world (the lake)
  • I’ll see my family more as it’s my Tahoe jumping-off point.
  • I’ve always wanted to do it.
  • IM training might help my struggle towards work-life balance by making me sleep earlier and be more motivated for workouts
  • I might lose those pesky 5 pounds
  • If I don’t sign up the day it opens, I won’t have the chance until September 2014 – so far away!
  • Did I mention I’ve always wanted to do it??


This is pretty much exactly how my personality works. I get really obsessive with things that I all of a sudden want to do and sometimes don’t react completely rationally. I talked to my parents as I had everything filled out and they are the most supportive people in the world, and they asked me some tough questions and brought up some really good points.

  • My life is a bit unstable right now. I travel a lot and remain conflicted regarding exactly where I really want to live
  • My job is demanding and opportunities for international travel are arising, which you can’t really do with an Ironman training schedule
  • I have a lot going on and this could end up being a source of stress and anxiety instead of something really exciting
  • The costs (both financial and time) are very significant – and I don’t have a lot of extra money or cash right now
  • There will be other Ironmans that I can do at a better time in my life when things are calmer.

Now I hated hearing every single word of this. Because they were right. When I want to do something I want to do it RIGHT NOW, which is impetuous and spontaneous but often has the ability to hurt me. What really made me lose out of that window and not sign up after a heart-racing hour of trying to decide was the travel option. I’m actually on a work trip to India right now. My company is going more and more global, and maybe next year I might have the chance to visit several other countries. This is what excites me and what I want to base my career around (international business in some form, preferably in developing countries). And if in the middle of training I got the opportunity to travel somewhere for some time, that would become a source of stress – can I miss training? Does my hotel have a treadmill? What about a pool? Oh no!! – and so on. And who knows, maybe this time next year I’ll be working on a cruise ship in Brazil or trekking in the Himalayas or relocating to Amsterdam – I really have no idea. And that’s not the best time to sign up for a 15-month training schedule.

I often live like each day is my last, or I try to in terms of how I make decisions. (Tell me “oh, I’m just going to do this miserable job for ten years to pay off debt and I’ll be happy later” and prepare to get an earful regarding how exactly you know you still have 10 years.) But in this case, it’s right. And it’s the perfect reason for me to start a blog series I’ve been wanting to do for over a year now: 30 by 30.


You’ve probably heard this list in many different forms through blogs and other vessels of self-reflection but now that I have less than four years until I turn 30 (3 years and 11 months to be exact…) I want to really start moving towards accomplishing some life experiences that I’ve always wanted to do before I’m 30. So here we have 30×30 goal #1:


Complete an Ironman.


Phew! That felt good. I’ll be posting continuously about the rest of the goals (and progress towards) in the next year. And starting a blog tab to follow along. : )

Some of the goals out there for sure:

  • Run a sub-4 hour marathon
  • Learn to drive a stick shift well
  • Learn to ride a motorcycle
  • Go skydiving
  • Visit 30 countries
  • Visit Nepal
  • Visit Costa Rica
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Write a book
  • Know who I am and who I want to be
  • Ditch processed food habits for good (soda, granola bars, protein bars, etc.)
  • Take a family trip
  • Figure out what I want to do with my life
  • Work internationally
  • Perfect my Portuguese
  • Start surfing in the Pacific
  • Schedule sleep and exercise reliably
  • Visit New Orleans
    What are your goals for the next few years of your life?


  1. Patience! You do have a LOT of time ahead of you.

    It’s good to live each day like it’s your last…but not EVERY day. Else the bank account
    would be empty. 8)

    The international travel as part of your job sounds like a really great opportunity!

  2. Lists like this always inspire me! I want to write one of these, and reading through yours today reignites my motivation to write the list. Love it! Sounds like you want to do a lot of travelling! Wishing you the best!
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  3. I think this is a fantastic thing to do & probably something more of us should think about. I think I have the opposite habit as you, which is, “Eh, no reason to do x now…I have all the time in the world.” Which of course is not even remotely true, even best case. It’s definitely very true that if you don’t decide you’re going to do something by a certain point or in a certain amount of time, you’re less likely to ever do it. It sounds like you probably made the smart decision about doing the Ironman now, but it’s awesome that you’ve put it on your list & know you want to do it within a certain time frame!
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  4. Wow, you are definitely dreaming big- that’s awesome! 30 countries? I”m impressed. I want to do a half ironman someday, but I’m not sure about the swim portion of the full. I just did my first sprint triathlon this morning, which was a blast- but those 500 m were long enough. :)
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  5. I love this post court! I make little goal lists a couple times a year and post em on my fridge, simple things, big things in between. I hear you on the jumping out of a plane one.. Funny enough Groupon always has it. My friend did it not to long ago and is going to “drag” me to it, I will never be “ready” but it could be one of the craziest things ever right? Might as well live while we are here!
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  6. Competing in an Ironman is one of my goals too! My husband and I plan on doing the Louisville one in 2014, I’m excited to see which one you will pick! The Lake Tahoe one does look beautiful though.
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  7. For your book-writing goal, have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It looks like a really good way to force yourself to write something and finish it (though I think it focuses more on fiction; not sure what you’d look to write).

    Also, I still want to go to New Orleans if you’re looking for a travel partner!

  8. I can totally relate! I’m so impatient and when I get my mind set on something I just want to get started right away! Good for you for holding off!
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  9. I’d love to write (or at least start) a novel, have a kid, finish decorating my house, and get better at yoga by 30- I have 16 months. Haha!

  10. I really want to do a half-ironman in 2013! I think it’s probably smart not to sign up for an Ironman right now for all the reasons you listed because that is a HUGE commitment. Why don’t you sign up for a few sprint, olympic and maybe even half-iron distance tri’s in the meantime!?

  11. I think there are many people out there who are just like me. I am the impatient type too. When I set out to do something I make sure that it is done. But I must say good for you for holding off.
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  12. I wish you all the best as you look forward to completing your ironman. That list is long huh!
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