Journey to Optimal on my way to Ironman

Many months ago, I started on my journey to Ironman. I had big plans for 2020. Little did I know, it wouldn’t be the adventure that I had planned. This was the year that everything changed.

Yes, as I am writing this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. But this isn’t the change that I referring to.

You see, I had a quote at the bottom of my email and a quote that I resonated with. It’s the quote that I still cling to as I am going on this wild adventure.

“Triathlon doesn’t build character, it reveals it”

When you train for an Ironman, the training is intense. You train long days or most days twice a day for many many months. An Ironman is not a race to take lightly. You have to put in the training to be successful. You have to be consistent with your training, since each week builds on the week before.

On February 22 2020, I wrote a blog post titled “Should You Train While You are Sick.” where I wrote about the 8 days of training that I missed in January when I thought I was fighting the flu, and some of my missed workouts in February. That is when I knew there was something wrong.

Image taken from Bruce Harrison
Image taken from Bruce Harrison

Was it my motivation or was it something else like my health. I really had to dig deep, Did I really want to reach the goal? Was I self sabotaging? When I really sat down, completed my symptom tracker in a spreadsheet, compiling multiple information on one sheet, I clearly saw that it wasn’t my motivation that was the problem at that point. There was more going on than motivation and having the desire to complete the training. That’s when I realized that something was wrong with my health. Something needed to change.

That’s when I made an appointment to see my family physician. However, because it wasn’t an emergency, the soonest I could get in to see her was 3.5 weeks. URHG!

I’ve written about my appointment on the April 10th blog post “I’m sick , but not sick enough“. You can follow my health journey on that site.

Now that I have received some partial answers and working my way back to health, I still have my Ironman goal. The goal is the same, but the timing will change. The silver lining in all of this is the Global Pandemic going on right now has cancelled all of my races till the end of June.

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In the mean time, I’m not healthy enough to keep going with my planned training, but I am not ready to give up either. SO, I changed my training. I am swapping my running for walking and sticking with this plan until I feel better to gradually add some time in the saddle as well as some weight training. Swimming will have to wait till the pools or the beaches open up once again.

Nest week, I will post on how I stayed motivated to walk as well as a recount of my training so far.

Until next time, have a great active week.

Published by Lise Waltenbury

Podcast host, triathlete, wife, mother of 3, commuter, volunteer, hockey coach, triathlon coach, and student. I am a Jane of all trades and a master of some on a journey to higher consciousness.

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