Road to Ironman: Jay Blog 7

Headphones and music are a huge part of my life.  When I heard that you weren’t allowed to use them for Ironman, I immediately ditched them in any training (with the exception of stationary equipment).  Here’s what I have learned.

You are meant to be alone with your thoughts.  You learn who the fuck you are when you have nowhere to hide.  You start to question your decisions, your motives and learn from your past.  Most importantly, you question…. Everything! 

This past week has not been the most volume filled, I have cut back to pretty much only accessory work/injury prevention in the gym (with the exception of tabata’s) and then I do my swim/bike/run solo day and then I attempt to combine at least the bike and run one day a week. 

On Sunday that was a twenty mile bike into a three mile run (it just never was in the cards to do the swim before).  It was very interesting on the bike, I was able to maintain a pretty decent pace while keeping my heart rate down.  After my mind finally cleared of all the stuff I’ve been dealing with, I just started singing blink-182 songs to myself.

When I transferred to the run, I was amazed at the ease of the transition.  Outside of needing to use the restroom, the transition was quick and my legs weren’t at all tired.  Then I got on the run and ended up running in my old neighborhood.  It was a surreal moment.  I was fifteen all over again, the curb marks from where Bart and I used to wax and grind while skating were still there.  I smiled.  The memories were positive.  For just one day, I was a kid listening to my favorite band and skating again. 

I finished up the run and went home with plenty of energy to spare.  This week’s takeaway.  Being alone with your thoughts is sometimes a good thing.  Examine the dark corners of your brain and grow from it.  As always, thanks for taking the time to read and I can’t doesn’t exist.


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