Do you ever feel like Ironman and triathlon training is taking over your life? This morning when I woke up, my husband asked me what was on tap for this weekend. “A 5k race tonight, a long run on Saturday and then a long ride on Sunday” was my reply. Crestfallen, he said “No, I mean what’s on tap for us this weekend?”
But it get’s worse; yesterday, while riding hills (following Jenna’s advice after she went to Madison to check out the WI race course and came home trembling in fear of the hilly course) I had to pull over multiple times to answer phone calls from the hospital where I work part time. And there I was, on the side of the road, giving nutrition advice for a pediatric patient, with the doctor on the other end asking me, “what’s that noise in the background?” I replied, “Well, I’m in the middle of a bike ride and that’s just the traffic whizzing by.” As if the folks as work don’t think I’m crazy as it is. Sweet.
And that’s not all. No matter how much I rest or how often I refuel, I am always tired, chronically fatigued. I’m hoping it’s just a matter of getting used to increased mileage and more frequent workouts, but walking around like a zombie on account of Ironman training has got to stop.
So I ask you, Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! fans, what tactics do you use to keep triathlon training from taking over your life? And to every Ironman out there, can you tell me, please, does it get any easier? Or will I remain dazed and confused until after I finish Ironman WI in September?