Lessons of Ironman Training Continued

This is technically our first week in “Build” phase, although we are tapering for our Half Ironman on Saturday. Next week we will be entering full blown “Peak Phase” and on week 21 of our 30 week plan.

To get my mind off of how quickly the past twenty weeks have flown by and the fact that we are insanely close to the big day, I have compiled a list of lessons that I have learned over the past twenty weeks:

v  Ironman has its own time zone- Ironman Non Standard Time. Inside your Ironman training bubble, life moves along at a very normal to slow pace. Meanwhile, your life/summer/year outside the bubble flies by.

v  There is such a thing as being too lazy/tired to go out to eat.

v  You are not born with ugly feet. You develop ugly feet as you age. This is compounded if you are a runner. My feet are not the same feet I had just five months ago.

v  You will develop a not so very fine line between the ONLY thing that is comfortable to wear and everything else. You will realize that over half your triathlon wardrobe is just not going to cut it when you are training over 10 hours a week.

v  You will learn what tired really means. In fact you will forget what it means to NOT be tired. And you will function just fine. Mostly fine. Meaning that if you get to work and your clothes are not inside out, it’s a good day. HOWEVER….

…and this is the cruel joke of Ironman training…

v  When you do lie down in bed, you will toss and turn all night, unable to fall into a deep, restful sleep. 

v  The number of water bottles you have correlates to how often you do dishes. The same for workout clothes and laundry-everything else can be re-worn.

v  You will no longer feel clean unless you shower at least twice a day.

v  People will ask really strange personal questions, such as how often do you pee? How much do you eat? But it’s ok, because after a couple of years of triathlon training, you have no shame, and there is no subject that is off limits as long as it can be somehow tied in to training.

v  People will also ask how you are doing and what you’ve been up to, and you will respond “Oh, nothing.” Even though that is a TOTAL lie. You know that no one wants to hear how many miles you ran that day, how early you woke up, how much you had to eat to fuel for the day, or what interval you have later.

v  You can bike 100+ miles and run 20+ miles in a week with no problem, but after walking up a flight of stairs you will have to stop, grab on to something, and catch your breath for a few minutes before taking another step. Sometimes you will face plant onto the carpet at the top of the stairs and lay there for half an hour before you can move.

And the cruelest joke of Ironman training…

v  You will love (almost) every minute of this BEAUTIFUL, CHAOTIC journey, and dream of the day when you’ll be able to do it all again.

By the numbers:
Swim: 8.49 miles
Bike: 80.85 miles
Run: 31.58 miles

Swim: 11.46 miles
Bike: 220.75 miles
Run: 78.12 miles

Swim: 14.3 miles
Bike: 252.4 miles
Run: 85.87 miles

Swim: 18.96 miles
Bike: 307.33 miles
Run: 64.18 miles

Swim: 15.6 miles
Bike: 423.4 miles
Run: 96.81 miles

Total: 1,711.31


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