In a radio interview on KFI AM 640 yesterday morning, Ragen re-affirmed her strong commitment to entering IRONMAN Arizona in November 2016, an event exactly twice the distance of the IRONMAN 70.3 in October where she failed to make the first cut-off. Ragen clearly has elite training strategy skills beyond the comprehension of this author. Fail at a 5K? Go for a marathon. Fail at a marathon? Go for a half-IRONMAN. Fail at a half-IRONMAN? Go for a full IRONMAN. One can only imagine what she plans to do in 2017.
Right now, Ragen is working on her race schedule and “not sure if she’ll do another half” first, but plans to incorporate some Olympic distance triathlons. Hopefully she will incorporate them at a level beyond registering and not showing up, as she did after saying almost exactly the same thing in April. No word yet on whether Ragen plans to volunteer at IMAZ 2015 on November 15 or crowdfund a $5,000 charity entry to get a registration spot for 2016.
In a moment of true humility, Ragen told the host that by 7 am she has usually been on her bike for at least 3 hours, and at present she “only” trains for about 3-5 hours every day. The host asked Ragen if she “runs the risk” of losing weight over the next year. Ragen addressed this on IronFat back in February, but as it turned out she didn’t have to worry, and didn’t end up accidentally losing any weight during her 1-1/2 years of intense marathon and IRONMAN training.
Host: I would imagine you’re gonna lose a lot of weight from this.
Ragen: There’s this idea […] there’s no way someone can train this hard and remain fat. And that’s actually a myth. I trained for a marathon, I didn’t lose any weight, I trained for a half IRONMAN, I didn’t lose any weight.
Ragen: Maybe my body size will change, and maybe it won’t.
The world awaits the result of Ragen’s upcoming battle with the laws of physics with bated breath.