25 Apr 2016
PEDRO’S TIPS: IRONMAN FAQ’S – FOR THE NON-IRONMAN
I get these questions so often that I almost feel the need to get the answers out in the open. And if you have ever attempted to race such a long endurance event like an Ironman, I know you probably have asked them too. I know it’s difficult to understand this “endurance sickness” most ironman athletes have, but here’s some FAQ to help inform your friends and help clear up their misconceptions.
140.6 miles? I don’t even drive that far!
I know that. Triathletes have actually known it since the dawn of triathlon, way back when those marines first told their wives that they were attempting to complete the hardest challenges of three different sports on one single day. Triathletes know it’s something ridiculously long. We also understand that this is the way of clearing the awkwardness and masking what you’re truly thinking. Things like “Why would I do that?” and “that’s just insane.” We may seem annoyed, but we actually just don’t want to hear “Oh, you are running a marathon? That’s cool, Oprah did it too” so we added the swim and bike to it prior.
17 hours to complete an Ironman? I can’t even drive that long without needing a power nap?
There are a few of us who have perfected the art of moving forward while sleeping. We refer to it as “death marching” and usually happens on those last 26.2 miles. Yet only the elite stubborn among us can perform this feat to the end and still make it look like they are actually running. For the most part, we typically try to stay awake the duration of the entire race via caffeine or mind power. For the slow folks, this may mean a LOT of mind power, something that would put to shame Charles Xavier from the X-men. For all, the act of ‘death marching’ often induces things like hallucinations of milkshakes, hot tubs in Singapore, and Bruce Wayne driving by. No big deal in the grand scheme of things, really.