Still on the 8th.
So we are on the morning of the registration for my first ever Half Ironman. I decide that the Vibram Five Fingers is something that I want to train in for something different as well as a different way to do an Ironman. For all the comments that I received that I received below in summary:
1) You can't do an Ironman in bare feet
2) Get off your fat ass and do some exercise as it makes you feel good
3) I don't need to see your type of barefoot running Mr Westpac.
4) I agree that the shoes look creepy but have you seen Victoria's feet...
5) Yes, I love pushing myself to the limits especially in the great outdoors.
So getting back to it, I decide that if I can complete a certain amount of work in the morning that on my lunch break it will be a trip to Gordon's Outdoor Equipment in Wellington. I am not a big fan of giving accolades to shops but I met one of the best salespeople in my life in this store. As previously mentioned, I had done my research on Vibram Five Fingers and knew exactly the model and what was going to be required to use these them. I walk in to the shop and meet a Canadian shop assistant. I feel really bad but I never got here name. She was one of those people that you wished you had taken the name of so that you can write a letter to the manager. Anyway it turns out that she is a physiotherapist from Canada who is waiting for her papers and knows everything about the human body and everything to do with Vibram Five Fingers. She told me everything I need to know about them as well as benefits of them and what I was going to go through to get used to them. She explained how they should fit and gave me the options of colors. As Henry Ford said 'You can have any color your like as long as it is Black...and Grey...' So thank you for one of my 'Cheque' birthday presents as this was put to good use... a new pair of Vibram five fingers. So I went with the Bikala LS below (named after the Abebe Bikala who won the men's marathon in two consecutive olympics, the only person to ever do this).
Of course I can't wait to get home and try them on and let alone run in them. I finally leave after a busy day at work and head home with them in my backpack as I am on the motorbike and luckily have the backpack due to carrying my swim gear to work. I finally get home and get changed into my run gear with a 7 minute run circuit on my mind. I put them on and feel naked with my Warwick Caper short short running shorts and nothing on past my thighs except for my Bikala's. I go for a run and don't feel any different but it is only a short run. I come home and think to myself that maybe running in bare feet with no preparation is a good idea. So I log onto the Vibram website and start looking at Vibram Five Fingers Exercises and decide that I better not rush into things and launch into this barefoot running thing and prepare my feet for bare foot running in a physical sense. I start doing the exercises and vow to complete them at least 4 times a week for the next two weeks to get my feet ready. This means little running for the next couple of weeks but swimming will have to do for now. I wonder what the weekend will bring...