Becoming an Ironman is a dream that many have, however only few follow. Are you one of those few that will hear their name being called out at the finish line? You are now an Ironman. You have taken the first step in making that dream come true.
The first thing I ask my Ironman clients is: Why do you want to do Ironman?
I believe this is the most important factor in whether or not you are ready to do an Ironman. It does not matter if you have done a triathlon before or you have more than you can count. I have coached 1st year athletes to stay at home soccer moms looking for something more in life to Ironman finishes. The reasons varied for each person ranging from this has been a life long dream to I wanted the biggest, baddest goal out there. Once each client becomes clear on the end result of becoming an Ironman the rest will take care of itself.
Have you ever been so clear and determined to do something that nothing stood in your way? Think about a child getting a cookie from a counter top. They will make complex engineering structures out of kitchen furniture risking life and limb to get that cookie. I am not suggesting that everyone is able to complete an Ironman. I am saying that only the committed are able to hear there name being called at the finish line.
So the question remains: When I am ready to do an Ironman?
Ten ways to know if you are ready to do an Ironman.
10. Your wardrobe contains more Spandex and Lycra then casual or dress clothes.
9. When someone asks if you workout at 5 am or 5 pm and you say both.
8. Your weekly grocery list includes Lava salts and Malto.
7. Disneyland is replaced with a 10 day training camp in Palm Springs.
6. If you are calling in sick on sunny days to get a long training brick in.
5. You are watching your kids sporting events from your trainer on the sideline.
4. Business meetings are conducted from the bike, on a run, or at the pool.
3. If your swim yards in a week exceeds the number of calories burn on the biggest loser.
2. 10 hour recovery weeks feel a vacation.
1. You have your training zones taped to your headboard.
All kidding aside the Ironman race is attainable by most anybody with a strong commitment and desire to succeed. With any big risk come amazing rewards. If Ironman is what you want to do, then do something about. Most races fill up a year in advance and require planning. If Ironman is what you want contact us and we can make it a reality for you. You don’t need to have been racing X number of years with a progression of races under your belt. With the right coach and plan all that will take care of itself. All exercise carries inherent risk and should be handled with care. If you have physical limitations conduct your doctor before starting any exercise program.
With that being said there is a difference between participating and racing. If Kona is your goal then a more detailed racing resume may suit you best. Choose which one you are looking for and go for it.