OK, it's 196 days and counting, but I've been thinking about this post for four days now. That counts for something, right? I've written 159 blog posts, not including this one. Which means I've trained for Ironman Arizona slightly longer than that. I had some basic observations at the 50 post mark that are pretty quaint.
One-hundred posts later, what have I learned?
Here's my updated Top 10 Things I've Learned About Ironman Training. For those of you reading, I'd sure love to see your top 10!
10) Better equipment can make a difference. See yesterday's blog post.
9) Triathlon is an f-ing expensive sport! See yesterday's blog post.
8 Compression apparel works. My calves feel more refreshed when I wear them.
7) Writing a blog post every day is a lot like training for a triathlon. You have to pace yourself, realize that some days are better than others, and that it's a largely solitary endeavor.
6) Triathlon is much more enjoyable when it's a team effort. Not just a triathlon team or club, but when you have a partner actively supporting and encouraging you. Thanks, Steph.
5) You get much more out of triathlon than what you put in in terms of caring and sharing. But the latter feels better. Wildflower taught me that.
4) The mind is so much more powerful than any muscle in the body. I've overcome hunger, pain, and illness to finish what I've started. My willpower has grown during this journey as much as my stamina or strength.
3) Increased intake of fruits and vegetables can replace multivitamins -- thanks to stuff I didn't previously like that I now crave (oranges, avocado, tomatoes). I stopped taking a daily multivitamin weeks ago after increasing my berries and orange intake. I haven't felt an energy dip.
2) I am really damn competitive. I kinda knew that already, but this sport has shown me that I'm almost obsessive about it. Can't tell yet if it's a positive or negative. I suppose it depends on what my willpower is telling me.
1) Triathlon training or races cannot be taken for granted. Anything can happen. Bad weather. Unexpected equipment malfunctions (not of the Janet Jackson variety). Illness. Injury. Every opportunity to train is a gift. I now treat it accordingly.
196 days and counting.