As I was out on my long ass ride this past Sunday in San Antonio and dealing with 100+ degree weather, there were a few things going through my body, my mind and my soul. I was bonking. It was hot. I wanted to cry. I didn’t want to run. It was 102 degrees. It was miserable. As I was dealing with the elements of the weather, along with the hot spots on my feet and bonking, I had a few thoughts about the next three weeks and I wanted to share them with you. My hope for you is that you can utilize these Pre Race Life Lessons for your own race.  

Pre Race Life Lessons Round #1

Life Lesson #1: “Shit, I am 3 weeks away from Ironman Mont Tremblant.”

My Own Learning: In 2002, when I did my first Ironman Triathlon, I probably was FLIPPING OUT like a madwoman but I had to remind myself that I have been three weeks before 11 other Ironman Triathlons. This is nothing different. What I realized though was that I am more prepared now than I felt like I have in the past. I have been getting my workouts in consistently. I have been putting in 14 – 17 hours of training. We pulled back on the sugar, the sweets and the alcohol. Chris and I are in a different mindset heading into Ironman Mont Tremblant.

Now, I am saying, “Sweeet, I am three weeks away from Ironman Mont Tremblant.”

How to Apply to Your Life: Maybe you have never been three weeks away from an Ironman Triathlon and that is ok. Maybe you are three weeks away from your first 5k, starting a new job, or heading back to school. There will ALWAYS be a first for something. You are going through so many emotions: excited, scared, nervous, anxious and looking forward to the next step in your life.

Life Lesson #2: “You did not eat or drink enough. You just bonked.”

My Own Learning: It was brutally hot that day in San Antonio. Starting temperature was 78 degrees and ending temperature was 102 degrees. I stopped two times for water but I should have stopped three times. I could NOT get enough water in me. At the end of the ride, water didn’t even taste good, nor did Gatorade. By that time, I knew I bonked. I tried some Cliff Blocks, which seemed to help a bit. I need to remember when the weather hits like that, my pace may be a bit slower, my fluid intake will be higher and I need to stay on top of my calories every 10 minutes. It didn’t happen. Lesson learned!

How to Apply to Your Life: Have you ever got angry at someone for no reason at all? Have you ever just broke down and cried? Yes, we all have. Now, think about when you get that way. Have you eaten enough or drank enough water? I noticed when I crack, cry or get frustrated, I am lacking one of two things: Food and Sleep. This is for on the race course and off the race course! Start tracking your food and water intake with My Fitness Pal and start tracking your sleep intake with The Whoop. (Contact me TODAY for a discount,!)

Life Lesson #3:  “Wow. This is my 12th Ironman Triathlon…God willing.”

My Own Learning: God has guided me through 11 Ironman Triathlons, safe and sound. He will not falter on this one. On my Road ID, I have this quote:

“Let Go. Let God.”

How to Apply to Your Life: I am not giving you a faith lesson here. I want you to find something that you look up too, whether it is a higher power, or it is your Mom, Dad, Grandparent, etc. It is something that you look up too, makes you a better person from within yourself.

Every obstacle I hit or things that I think about when I am out training, will generally turn into a “Life Lesson” for me. Maybe I don’t always share because I have moved on to the next challenge. I wanted to share my challenges and my thoughts to you all, as I am embarking on my 12th Ironman Triathlon…God willing :)

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AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I am Jen Rulon, a Coach, Kona Finisher and a Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching triathletes for 18+ years and I received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlon coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. I currently work with women on finding their own voice and journey to finding their "Champion Status" in their own eyes! My knowledge has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Men’s Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach — I’m a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

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