Sometimes it’s because I’m tired or sore, sometimes it’s because I already did two hours of swimming, plus stretching and pilates and I really don’t feel like now doing several hours on the bike. Mostly though, it’s because of boredom.
Basically triathlon is three motions (swim stroke, step, pedal) that you do over and over and over again for hours and hours and hours at various degrees of tiredness and discomfort. But even when you’re feeling great, you’re still doing the same motion over and over again for a long time. On my most recent bike ride I pedaled about 33,600 times. The same motion 33.600 times – the only difference being whether it was my right leg or my left leg.
I am not a person who tolerates boredom very well. and I am someone who gets bored very easily, so finding ways to deal with boredom is really important.
The most obvious choice is music. The relationship that I have with my iPod is really something special. But, perhaps the cruelest thing about the IRONMAN, you aren’t allowed to use headphones, no music of any kind for up to 8.5 hours for the 70.3 and 17 hours for the 140.6. So I’m working on some other options.
- Singing songs in my head. This helps pass the time not just because of the song but because I have to remember the lyrics.
- Counting. Usually in increments of 100 but sometimes something else. I learned this trick from “The Other Shore,” a documentary I really like about Diana Nyad, the marathon swimmer who was the first to swim from Cuba to Miami without a shark cage.
- Selfies! – Selfie Sunday has turned out to be a surprising motivation and boredom breaker. I think about where I might take the selfie, how I can take is as fast as possible so as not to mess up my time. During a recent run as I was going by the marina I read all of the names of the boats to see which might capture how I felt on the run (results will be posted on this week’s Selfie Sunday.)
- Visualizing – sometimes I think about what it will be like to cross the finish line and get the shiny, shiny medal. Sometimes I think “what if I felt exactly like this during the race, how would I handle it.”
- Reader Comments – sometimes I think about all the supportive and encouraging comments I get and it helps get me through
- Breaking it up – if 60 laps seems like a lot maybe it’s 2 sets of 30 or 6 sets of 10.
- Just one minute – you can do anything for a minute – or so the saying goes. For me sometimes it’s just a one-minute-at-a-time grind it out situation
Regardless of how I get through the boredom, it almost always seems worth it when I finish the workout – though sometimes it’s take a couple hours and a nice shower to remember that!
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