What will get in the way of a successful (successfully executed)
What is a Successful Ironman Season
- Healthier and happier in the other side
- Not divorced, family not disgruntled
- Evolved into the next version of yourself
- Meet goals
- Managed yourself well in training AND racing
Habits that Really Get in the Way of a Successful Ironman, and may result in a DNF
- Not doing it for yourself or the healthier whys. You are not “a real triathlete” until you do an ironman. Peer pressure. Doing it for Status. Unhealthy drive to do the really hard things to prove that you are good enough.
- Dreamboard or vision board. YOU HAVE TO REALLY WANT IT. For yourself for it to be enjoyable and “successful”. And not a shit show.
- Losing track of your why
- Not resting and recovering enough. Utilizing too aggressive of a plan, some plans cycle 3 weeks on and one recovery. Some (ours) do two weeks on, one easier.
- Acknowledge that recovery is mandatory and do it. (don’t complain about it)
- Have a plan that works for your lifestyle, life demands, etc
- Listen to your body, have a sounding board and alternative activities that are more “rest like” that are productive but won’t tear you down. Wear you down. Drag you down.
- Not be consistent and disciplined. Not get up in the am. Staying up too late. Have that 3rd glass of wine.
- Not learning the ever important nutrition discipline. You need to be very consistent with what you try and make small changes. Learn to ask your body specific questions in order to know how to fix the things that BEGIN to go sideways (before your yacking in the john)
- Not understanding the principles of hydration/electrolytes fueling
- Injury. How to communicate to coach (or …) and how to fix early before it becomes a big darn deal. THIS IS A BIG ONE.
- Lack of strength training and self care. Not fucking doing your yoga or stretching. Ironman is a lot of motion in one dimension → injury. Strength training keeps all joints CENTERED. Running, biking (in general) tend to not unless your form is PERFECT.
- Not honoring limitations
- Not preparing for course specifics such as bike elevation gain or hot runs, choppy water, wind.
- Not learning some technical aspects, mostly concerning the bike. Bike stations, tire changing, dropped chain and generally not having a lot of bike handling skills.
- Not training smart, like heart rate training.
- Driving too hard, working too hard.
- Not having a coaching. (Coral’s example of her first ironman. Sounding board, etc). Or expecting/thinking that you can travel the EXPONENTIAL LEARNING CURVE by yourself. The books and groups are awesome, however … if you are not perfect or slightly cra cra or identify with being a hot fucking mess … you might want to get a coach. Namaste. There are some great structure programs with support groups that provide great plans. However, they do not have tailored help and instruction for those that have specific needs. Do you have issues like swim anxiety or hip issues …. Because in ironman, little issues become big fat issues fairly quick. And might end a season or make a race a complete crap show.