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.