It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Mainly, I’m busy. Training for Ironman is a huge time-suck. I’m not complaining though, I knew what I was signing up for when I registered for my second Ironman the day before I even did my first.
The training is going well. There are days when I notice little leaps of progress, and there are days where I wonder “Will I ever get better on this stupid bike? I wonder how much I could sell it for on Craigslist? I hate this bike, oh, WeeEEeee a downhill road!!”
Last weekend after a four and a half hour workout I went to a two-year old’s birthday party, I was hungry for cake. I mingled with some of the parents at the party, like you do. One of the guys said to me “You look like you got some sun”
“Yeah, I’m training for Ironman, I spend a lot of time outside”
“Oh? I’ve done all 3 distances on my own, on different days. I’d never do them all in a row on the same day though. Have you done it before?”
“Yup, I did one last September”
“How’d you do?”
“Fourteen hours and change”
“But you finished”
WHAT??!! But?? But WHAT? I didn’t shrug or have any sense of shame in my tone about my finish time. I was insulted by his tone implying that 14 hours wasn’t good enough.
“But nothing, I had an amazing day and I’m really proud of my finish” I said to him and excused myself. There was ice-cream being served in the kitchen that seemed more appealing than being insulted by a stranger who would never do all three Ironman distances in one day himself.
I don’t expect a round of applause when I tell people that I’ve finished an Ironman, but I don’t expect to be sized up either. I’ve had people look me up and down, as if they’re judging my body and thinking “She doesn’t look athletic” Of course I don’t look athletic when I’m not in bike shorts!
Maybe it’s best I stay busy training and opt out of social obligations.
BUT there was cake.