I’m seeking some assurance/motivation from my fellow forum members about signing up for a full in 2021. I want to do IM Tulsa next year, since it is my hometown and it’s the first year Tulsa will have an IM. Only problem is I have not finished a half, and IM Tulsa is May 2021, meaning no races beforehand.
In 2019 I did a half and dropped out 8 miles into the run because I thought I wouldn’t make the cutoff (in my dehydrated and malnourished state I thought we only had 3 hours to do the 13.1 mile run), along with absolutely messing up my nutrition on the bike (only consume ~500ish calories). I did the swim in 52 minutes, the bike in 3:20, and 8 miles of the run in 2:09.
This year I have not been able to race at all, expect for a half marathon I did self-pace where I finished in 2:04. My FTP is 189, but I haven’t been training consistently this year because of work and COVID (yay!). I’ve ran a 20 mile race before back in 2018, but never more than that in my life. My swim is also abysmal, but I am aiming to join our local Masters club this winter.
So basically, can I finish it? Have any of you done something similar (crazy goal without doing the race inbetween)? Should I just say no and try it again in 2022 after some more consistent training?