Why an IronMan?

Training for the IronMan has been fun and still is fun. In some ways I like pushing myself and it makes it even better when you start seeing results, when you notice you can go longer with less pain. I ran a lot before and got somewhat bored with that. That was why I picked up biking. From there the step wasn’t far to start swimming and bam!, your a triathlete. Then I get that urge again, just like I got with running at one point. How far can I go? That’s partially why I ended up where I am now with 4 weeks to go until IronMan Coeur d’Alene.

However, I’m not going to lie. I have been a few pounds too heavy pretty much all my life. When the thought of doing an IronMan started it was partially also with a goal of shedding those extra pounds once and for all. As it stands now I’m part way there. I am about 30 pounds lighter now compared to what I was at my heaviest. So that’s good in a way. But weight is not everything, its just part of the measurement. I have a lot more muscle now compared to back then, a lot more. I have dropped several sizes in clothes. That in itself generates a bit of a problem. I have to buy new ones. I good problem in one way but an expensive sometimes.

But now to the more important part of this blog post. Loosing weight and size is one thing. It’s a good thing, at least if you do it with moderation. Training for the IronMan has made me realize something much more important. I am 32 years old and I am in the best shape of my life. I have better cardiovascular fitness then ever before in my life, I am stronger than ever before, I feel better than ever before, I eat healthier, drink less, sleep better, the list goes on and on.

For me this is not just about training for a specific event, a specific race and performing well in that. It’s a lifestyle change that you have to somewhat go through in order to be able to sustain the amount of training that is needed in order to finish an IronMan. I have no intention to keep training these many hours every week after the race but I do have the intention to keep eating healthy and staying in shape. At some point I might do another IronMan, who know, let’s discuss that when I’m done with the first one.

Just for fun, the left picture is from a few weeks ago, the one on the right is from 2007, just before I ran my first marathon.

 

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3 thoughts on “Why an IronMan?

  1. Abbey says:

    love it. in your 30s and the healthiest you’ve ever been….bodes well for a long & happy & adventure-packed life!

  2. Eva says:

    Grattis son, du har gjort en otrolig “resa”, jag är djupt imponerad och önskar dig lycka till på Iron Man. Ser fram emot att få följa dig där och heja fram dig.

  3. PushDumpFatButton says:

    Reblogged this on Push Dump Fat Button.

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