Instead, I've looked into some other Iron-distance races and here's what I'm considering for 2008:
1. Ironman Louisville (7 hours away, the day before school starts)
2. Ironman Wisconsin (3 hours away, two weeks into the school year)
THEN THERE'S THE "HAVEN'T YOU LEARNED ANYTHING?" PLAN:
I found a non-Ironman brand race that is just 3 hours (and 14 weeks) away on the second weekend in September. That's right. I'm considering doing this this year.
I admit, I just want to get this 140.6 monkey off my back ASAP and then go for the M-Dot next year. I also know that there are plenty of ways for me to set myself up for success, and this probably isn't one of them.
Here's why I think this might work: I will be in Iowa all summer with nothing but time on my hands until school starts. That's eight weeks of being left to my own devices -- no school, no friends, no other life. So for more than half of the time between now and race day, I'll have nothing better to do than train. Wouldn't it be helpful to have a big juicy carrot out in front of me?
Okay. I'm ready. Hurl your grumblings, naysayings, and sage advice now.