I’m just starting out on my IRONMAN journey, and I have spent a lot of time checking out other people’s IM blogs, reading tricks and tips, watching YouTube videos etc. to be ready, but there were still some things I wasn’t ready for:
Socks and Underwear
If you plan to do this then I hope you have a lot of them, and I hope you enjoy washing them. Since blisters have been my Achilles heel (see what I did there?) I wear special double layer blister prevention socks. Not only do they have special abilities, they have special washing instructions so I have a laundry basket specifically for socks that seems to always be at least half full. And don’t get me started on underwear…when you do several workouts of several different types in a day, you go through a lot of underwear (unless you enjoy wearing sweaty underwear, in which case rock the hell on in your soggy drawers!) Stop – Laundry time! (10 points if you get the song reference)
I remember a vague reference to taking a lot of showers on a blog, but I clearly did not take it seriously enough. Do pilates in the morning. Get sweaty. Shower to wash the sweat off. Bike in the afternoon. Get sweaty. Shower to wash the sweat off. Go swimming. Get covered in kelp or chlorine or whatever. Shower to wash the sweat off. Run back home. Get sweaty. Shower to wash the sweat off. Now I know why my shampoo says “lather, rinse, repeat.”
How Much Now?
Sweet merciful Zeus this is an expensive sport. The underwear and sock budget is just the tip of the iceberg. Clothing for three sports (which costs more, or in some cases doesn’t exist and has to be made custom, in my size.) Running shoes and biking shoes. The bike – which starts out expensive and then seems to be a self-powered rolling black hole that you throw money into. It goes on and on, it’s like a part time job where you pay the employer. I’ve heard that the average IM participant makes $120,000 and I’m not surprised. I do not, so I consider doing this in a way that I can actually afford as just another part of the challenge!
Your Beeswax Is In Another Castle
People have many reactions when they find out you’re doing an IM. Many are encouraging – which I appreciate. Many immediately tell me that they can’t imagine doing something like this – which I understand. That doesn’t bother me. Then there are the perfect strangers who try to discourage me, who make wild assumptions about my ability based on my size, who – in many specific ways – have generally mistaken my body/goals for their beeswax. I’m currently trying to use these as teachable moments, I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
I’m just at the start of this journey, but right now I have to go wash some socks!
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