The Cry Every Day Stage of My Training

Celebrate Small VictoriesI’m less than two months away from my IRONMAN 70.3, the halfway test on my journey to complete IMAZ 2016.  When people ask me how the training is going I tell them I’m at the “cry every day” stage.

I’m mostly joking.  Mostly.  I’m incredibly busy doing stuff that I love – writing and editing books, coordinating conferences, partnering with corporate training companies, preparing for speaking gigs, moderating online communities, and blogging (though not as much here as I’d like on this blog). Add to that longer and longer workouts, and here come the tears.

It was like this before when I was dancing, but unlike when I used to be this busy and dance, the workouts are not stress relief. I feel like no matter what I do I’m never doing enough, and never going fast enough. Then I got really sick last week and missed several days of training and I feel like I need every single day sooooo, I’m basically freaking out a little bit.

This is part of the journey that I signed up for, and everyone who I talk to who has done an IM says that they went through this and it’s completely normal,  but that doesn’t make it less difficult. So I’m spending some time reading cheesy inspirational quotes, watching some cheesy inspirational movies, and reminding myself that I can only do what I can do, and celebrating my victories. And crying, but not necessarily everyday.

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Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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4 Responses to The Cry Every Day Stage of My Training

  1. Toogz says:

    Hun – you don’t owe it to anybody but yourself. If you have a bad/sick day, or you’re just not feeling ready for it, it doesn’t matter. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am so proud of you so far, and amazed at how far you’ve come. I don’t care how the race plays out, you’ve shown enough heart that you’re already an IRONMAN to me.

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  2. Graceann says:

    I couldn’t do it. I can barely stand long enough to cheer as you run/swim/ride past. I admire your tenaciousness, your strength and your sheer chutzpah so much. You, to put it eloquently, rock.

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  3. Holly says:

    Crying is an important part of the fabulous montage that will be playing in your head at the end of this. You are going to be amazing, no matter what!

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  4. lsstrout says:

    I’m glad other people told you this is a normal part of training. For me at least, when I realize I am going through some emotion that most other people go through, it makes it more bearable.



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