Jen Rulon - Ironman competitor and Triathlon Coach

As I am walking the pup, while I am writing this, I started thinking about race week and how excited I get going into race week.

Not only is there a shit ton of stuff to gather such as your bike, triathlon gear, nutrition, along with regular clothes. There is also a sense of excitement, nervousness, and everything in between for an Ironman triathlon. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first Ironman or your 15th Ironman.

This week, I wanted to share with you three things that I changed heading into my 15th Ironman, and I am curious to see how it will all pan out:

1. I cut alcohol out at the six-week mark. I went to Hawaii. It was my birthday. And yes- I did not have a drop of alcohol. I have always heard how alcohol can disrupt your sleep, along with your training and performance, so I wanted to do something different. The month of October, WHOOP, did that same thing- no alcohol for the month.

And here’s the thing: how I was feeling with a glass of wine. I went from coffee to water to wine. It was starting to become more of a habit than a celebration.

As a family who dealt with an alcoholic father, I also wanted to see if I could do it personally. And to be honest with you, I’m happy I did. I am sleeping better. I feel better. And even feel I look better.

2. I maintained my strength with SoulFit and Jason Padilla, but around six weeks out, I did change it up. On Tuesdays, I did a peer strength class, and on Saturdays, I did Broga, also known as yoga, when I could.

I felt like that was a game-changer. As life started getting fuller in October with going to Hawaii and other things, I wasn’t able to get to my strength class as much, but I did yoga as much as I could.

 3. This last one is a bit scary because it’s not what I’m used to. I did not do as many long runs and bikes as I have in the past. Going into my 15th Ironman, I have the mental stamina, so doing another five or six-hour ride was not completely necessary. My runs that Coach B gave me were solid interval work along with one long run, which was almost 16 miles. And then the bikes were focused on interval work, and they were all inside. WHAT!!

My changes were what I needed to do, and here is why. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instagram stories, you will know that I genuinely feel that this will be my last long-distance Ironman Triathlon.

Someone suggested that I do Challenge Roth to end it all, but that will come in time. Someone also asked, “What if you qualified for Kona?” That will be a game-day decision for sure, but right now, I can honestly say I am done with the long course triathlons. Why?

My body is tired.
My feet hurt.
My mind needs recharging.
And my heart is at peace with this decision.

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I’m Jen Rulon, A Triathlon Coach And A Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching USA Triathlon Level 1 for 16+ years and I’ve received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlete coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. 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 14x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

1 Comment
  • Lily Trevino

    Oh my god!!!! I’ve been struggling with my decision of no more long distance. I knew my body was tired but I thought it was my mind!!! I knew it!!! I’ve been training consistently for 16 years !!!! I’m ready to be a normal person strength train , interval cardio, yoga . I want to be fit and healthy for the rest of my life!!!! When I read this I was sooooo happy that it is my body not my brain !!!! Thank you always for being soooo honest

    October 31, 2019

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