My basic understanding is that The Iron Goat is is the meat and potatoes of The Iron Man competition, but spread over the course of a month instead of crammed into one day. So it gets a person to run, bike, and swim consistently for about four weeks. What is it we always hear about setting up habits, that it takes about twenty-one days? Well this should do the trick. Either that, or by the end of this month I will hate running, biking, and swimming.
|Sugar, one of Mama's twins. She really was a sweetie!|
Anyway, my gorgeous and already fit sister-in-law did this last winter with a small group of Navy friends and was one of three to complete it. They motivated each other, stayed accountable, and had fun. And I have to say that she looked incredible afterwards. Svelte, toned, and just overall very healthy, lean, and filled with stamina. Yep, that is a good and worthy goal, ladies and gentlemen.
|Marshmallow with her twin girls Lucy & Ethel, posing and begging for treats and the same time.|
|The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This was our motley crew of stinky, aggressive, but very lovable boys.|
To mark this auspicious beginning, how about two few loosely related lists?
Some Facts About Goats:
- They are smelly. Like, worse than skunks in my opinion.
- But they are affectionate and filled with personality and very smart. And highly entertaining.
- Billy goats sometimes pee in their own mouths, sort of doing a crazy yoga pose to accomplish this. Seeing this strange ritual is not for the faint of heart.
- They are so difficult to contain that I fully agree with the old adage, "Any fence that holds water will hold a goat." I actually doubt they have bones and think they might be made of jello, because I have seen with my own eyes a fat, solid goat squeeze through an opening barely big enough for a cat.
- They will eat every weed and every low hanging branch and leaf in sight, which sounds like a great landscaping help, but they do that only after devouring every rose, hydrangea, and daffodil in sight.
- The females tend to bear twins. This happened on our farm twice during the short time we raised goats.
- There is an interesting and true story behind the expression, "Get Your Goat, " but I'll save that for another day.
Some Outright Lies:
- I have a very normal, very grown-up bicycle ready to go for this June event. I am not going to ride 112 miles on a tricycle with a flower basket on the back, up and down our gravel driveway a million times.
- I am not the least bit nervous about swimming in an Olympic pool in front of strangers to accomplish my 2.4 water miles.
- I plan to post before and after photos of myself and also give you my starting and ending measurements.
- I love the taste of goat cheese.
- I have gorgeous feet from all the elliptical work this Spring, and they should only become prettier after I add running to my life.
- My husband thinks I will finish this.
Okay friends, please hold me to this. Tracy and I would also love to add more Iron Goaters to the fun! So if you decide to try it, let me know. We'll cheer you on too.
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