Embracing the suck and other thoughts…

» Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Ironman, Random thoughts, Training | 0 comments

Chris “Macca” McCormack is a 2 time Ironman World Champion, his pre-race mantra is “Embrace the Suck”  and it refers directly to the inevitable pain/suffering that is part of triathlon and all endurance sports. He says: “You don’t play triathlon. You play soccer; it’s fun. You Play baseball. Triathlon is work that can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking by the roadside”.

In my view that quote makes sense for a pro athlete like him, average age group athletes like myself should try to enjoy this journey as much as we can knowing that endurance sports require high time commitment and suffering tolerance. It has taken me quite a lot of time to find the balance between pain and joy, I am still working that out, so this is work in progress. I  am starting to understand that I need to adapt my training to my circumstances and to enjoy this journey called training. At the end of the day I am a full time business man, travelling more than 200 days a year, living in hotels and exposed to food that I cannot control. I am living a life that goes against my priorities which are my family, my family and my family.

My reality has paid a toll on my body this year, I have been struggling with intestinal issues for more than 4 months now. I have lost several kilos unintentionally, and every time I go workout I suffer from a weird dizziness that scares me like hell. Doctors have identify some minor issues like IBS syndrom (most probably caused by stress), lactose intolerance and extreme fatigue, nothing major that should put me aside from endurance sports, but I can certainly say that I have and I am embracing the suck for a while now!.

I would probably need to slow down, I honestly did to a certain extent (this past weekend I avoided to workout, ignored my training plan for the first time ever), but probably I’d need to do an extra effort to take things easier. It is not easy task since Ironman World Championship awaits for me, 87 days to go…it is very hard to avoid that pressure. There are thousands of athletes around the world that deserve 100 times more than I do to be there, people who are faster, fitter and readier…it would be disrespectful from my side not to go there and give everything, being the best I can be.

This is not an excuse post, I keep committed to my original plan and I will train hard to be ready, but being conscious that circumstances surrounding me are less than ideal. If I am able to do this will be because of  the incredible support from my wife, no way this will happen without her being there for thick and thin.

A collateral measure, I will be stepping down from some social networks for a while. I have been an evangelist of Social Media and heavy user to say the least since they appeared, but I am disappointed because of the amount of people not adding any value to the conversation and just having a look and trolling, I call them e-voyeurs. They exist because people like me, who exposes his life to the public (someone could argue it is our fault because of showing off!) and sometimes they do more bad than good. I know who my friends are and how they care. I also know how to contact them.

I intend to keep expressing my thoughts here and learning/sharing interesting content in Twitter. Everybody is welcome to participate and express their views. I am also happy to interact with those who are ready to add value. In the mean time I will continue enjoying this journey called Ironman Training and embracing the suck….when needed!

Inertia is a powerful oppressor, interpret the above as my determined action to break the bonds of all this oppression. I am not going to wait for the right time, for the right people or for the right something any more.

The only right is right now.

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