When I think of training for an Ironman, I often think of the Johnny Cash song “Run On” (also known as “God’s Gonna Cut you Down”) and the lyrics: “But as sure as God made black and white, what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light”.
It’s funny how this single line reminds me that what we do, or fail to do, in training to support our Ironman goals will express itself one way or another out on the race course. We can’t hide from it. So if we do the work in training, that investment will pay off in a positive way out on the race course. If we give less than our very best during the training year, if we cut corners, fail to do what we know to do, then that will likely express itself in a negative way on race day. Training is hard. It is. It hurts, it’s time consuming, and it takes away from those we love. But endurance doesn’t come cheap, and it will not be rushed.
This article from Endurance Corner focuses on first time Ironman athletes, but I found the information very helpful for all endurance athletes. And the sentence below stood out and reminded me that no matter how many Iron distance races I do, I have to put in the work. I have to follow the plan and be open to the guidance of my own coach, and I must be willing to continue to push the boundaries of my physical and mental limitations.
“Make no mistake, the Ironman offers no mercy for those who have tread those roads before. She is and will always be a distance that demands the utmost respect, to finish an Ironman on any day is a significant accomplishment, one which is often forgotten by the experienced IMer until they experience the joy of crossing that line one more time”.
Be safe out there!