The anticipation is building, but you will have to wait months for the final result. Training for an Ironman to me, is as close to pregnancy as I will ever get.
Right now it is pure excitement; you are now committed to another Ironman – and all you feel is a nervous excitement. What you don’t think when you have your brilliant moment “I want to do another Ironman” is that over the next nine months your body goes through changes; you will eat more, your body will ache, feet will hurt, and you will drive your spouse crazy. In the end, you gradually become more and more irritable, especially when you hit the Taper and have to go easy on your body as you prep for the day you have to deliver.
No book ever written can really tell you what it is like; you never really know until you become an Ironman yourself.
Sounds glamorous doesn’t it?
Nine months from now I will go through 11-12 hours of hard labor and in the end, in the final push across the finish line I forget about all I went through to get to this point, I won’t care about how I look or what’s going on around me..it’s all focus on one thing; for it all to be over and reap my reward. Depending on the experience, I might think never again or have such a pleasant time the I want to do it all over again and want to do Another.
As my house starts to collect Finisher Medals; who know how many I do or where they will be, but what I do know is that each one has a special place in my heart. Each race had to be treated and nurtured differently.
For those mothers who think I am crazy for comparing this to childbirth and have never done an Ironman; sign up for one and see. And for those who have gone through both; think about it…mmm.