Sunday, February 17, 2013

First trimester of iron

Nine months from today is Ironman Arizona. I realized that as I was procrastinating rather than doing my scheduled bike workout looking at events that would act as training sessions for the rest of the year. When most people think of things that take nine months they normally do not think of Ironman preparation but of a pregnancy.

How is ironman training like a pregnancy? Full disclosure, I have never personally been pregnant (even though I have had times where I may have looked like it). I first thought that there was no way that ironman training was similar to being pregnant. I need to lose weight, not gain weight. Then I thought a little more. I need to watch what I eat. I need to take care of my body. There will be times where I don't feel so good. There will be other times when I feel great. I need to listen to my doctor (and coach). I'll need my rest. My family will be pulling for me. Some times I'll not be making so much sense but people will humor me. Near the end I'll just want to get it over. November 17 is the date I'll go into my final labor. I'm hoping the labor is less than 17 hours.

Today is the beginning of my first trimester of iron. Time to get on that trainer and do that bike workout.


TriMOEngr said...

Having been through 2 pregnancies, but no IM's, I have no idea what to say here other than you know we'll all be ready for the "birth". Best wishes as you enter your first trimester. What events will you be using in the next few months? And did you work on some meal planning today? Are you off tomorrow?

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I love that analogy! Just remember to have fun. This pregnancy will drag on for what seems like much longer than 9 months if you don't take a workout here and there to enjoy the progress and sport.


Good race.
Great course being 3 loops on bike and run makes the mind management a lot easier to break into segments.
9 months should allow for a nice easy delivery

Unknown said...

Haha! Great analogies!

MILF Runner said...

I completely get how it is like a pregnancy. Here's hoping it all goes well and you don't puke too much :)

TwynMawrMom said...

Love this analogy. There's something to add about each 'build cycle', but can't quite put my finger on it.. :)