For those of you that know me or have chatted with me, I consider myself a “happy” person, love life and overall give my best at everything. Unless, I am four weeks out from an Ironman Triathlon. If you have ever done an Ironman, you know exactly where I am coming from. If you have not, let me educate you, especially if you have Ironman Triathlon Friends. Here is my David Letterman List (Only 5 though) of…
Top Five Emotions – Four Weeks before an Ironman:
Let me break down the reasons of why we go through these emotions when we are 4 weeks out from an Ironman Triathlon.
How can you not be? You are putting at least 14-16 hours a week of training alone. This doesn’t include every day life: work, family, grocery store, lawn, etc. If you are not training, you are tying to stay off your feet. If you can’t do that, you are constantly thinking about eating, drinking water and wanting to stay off your feet. You crave a nap before you workout, when you get home, before you jump in the pool, etc. You head to bed early or you try!
Let’s be real…everyone is pissing you off. You are grumpy. You want to stop training. You want to sleep in. Traffic will make you mad. The lines at the grocery story will make you grumpy. Your patience is wearing very thin!
You can’t stop eating. You want to eat everything in site. The “large” bag of popcorn at the movie theatre. Gone! The burger wrapped in lettuce with fries. Gone! The 4 Egg Omelet with extra bacon. Gone! There will never be enough food in the house at this point.
See #2. Everyone is still pissing you off. You are so annoyed. Can people not circle swim at the pool? Traffic is still pissing you off. UGH, someone has 16 items in the 15 item line at the grocery store. You actually say something. At this point, you really don’t have a filter. Social life are very few and far between.
Happy for different reasons then the most. Happy that you are almost done with Ironman Triathlon training. Happy that you are off your feet. Happy that you are eating…again. Happy to have a life again in 4 weeks.
Other Ironman Triathletes may have different emotions but this is what I have personally experienced. As the next four weeks will pass quickly of doing what we do best: swim, bike, run, repeat, sleep and eat, I know that I will be “dealing” with these emotions and just have to be on my best behavior.
But, all of these emotions will go away when I hear those words again…
“Jen Rulon. You. Are. An. Ironman.”
I will then ask my husband….”When is the next one?”