Jen Rulon

Wow. What a crazy week. Right? I know so many of us to have SO MANY questions.

First of all, I am not going to analyze what is going on with the Zombie 🧟‍♀️  Apocalypse because y’all can watch the news, talk to friends, etc. This blog is about how we can help you move forward into your 2020 Triathlon Season.

Next, there is something that I need for you to do before we continue our chat.

Every morning, noon, and night, I want you to say THREE THINGS that you are grateful for. If we can start spreading light on our own life, it will be a lot easier to walk out and deal with the other things that are coming our way.

Alright, let’s chat about why you may be here:

My Ironman 70.3/Ironman is postponed. What do I do?

Here are three questions from my Instagram Feed about the postponing of racing, what to do, and what I am doing for my athletes. Thanks, KJ!

1.Are they swapping to other races?

Yes, mostly everyone has moved their race to another one, especially the full Ironman races. As far as Ironman 70.3, they haven’t done anything about it, as we are waiting on potentially a new date.

2. Are you putting them on maintenance?

Yes, maintenance for the next two weeks will be the key. This week, I told them to go ahead and do what they want to do BUT try to get in the pool at least 2x’s a week, as we are not sure if the pools will be closing (They are as of March 17th in San Antonio.) In the second week, we need to be a little bit more specific with interval work, but I would like to see the duration a bit shorter. Harder efforts. Shorter Time. So much that you can do at home for the strength aspects of things, click here are a couple of bodyweight workouts!

3. What about races outside of the cancelation window? (Such as IM St. George)

I have an athlete doing IM St. George, so how I visualized this week was to get as many swims as he could get in before the pools were shut down, as we were predicting that. Then we wanted this week to be a tad organized but have flexibility if he needed it. I am not overlooking things for this week, as I want him to have a mental clearing more than anything.

In the second week, I would like to do a bit more focus like the others. Work on intensity versus duration. As we know, a lot of the gyms and pools are closed, so focus on upper body strength for the swim. And don’t freak out about swimming. The other thought would be to swim in a lake or a river with one or two people but not a huge group. I also know that it may not work for a lot of people.

By the end of the month, I would think we would know more about the May races and will be able to make a decision.

The beautiful thing about my athletes is that a lot of them have late-season races, so the earlier ones were more for “testing” the waters and legacy spots qualifications.

As I have told you before, there is plenty of information out there about the Corona Virus, but I wanted to share this link from Training Peaks:

COVID-19 articles for endurance athletes

Workouts, training tips, race-day wisdom, nutrition advice and more from top endurance coaches.

It is interesting because a lot of us were in this same boat with Ironman Florida in 2018 when Hurricane Michael came in. I realized it isn’t a virus, but you get my point. We were unsure if we were going to have an Ironman or not. It was moved to Haines City, and we were super impressed by Ironman and how they made it happen.

Here is the thing. The same thing will happen for YOUR race that was postponed. I genuinely feel that Ironman will do the best they can. There are a lot of swinging parts going on for everyone. Be patient.

If your race is canceled, then so be it. You know the Ironman Corporation will let you transfer to the next year.

Remember, only YOU can control how you react to things. You can respond to the Ironman Postponing or Canceling negatively OR with grace and realize you may have more time to train :)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at or leave a message below. If you have a coach, ask them!!!

PS. Going LIVE on Instagram at noon CST on Wednesday, March 18th!

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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