Crying in My Car, And Other Weird Parts of Ironman Training

Yesterday, after my swim workout, I got in my car and started crying. There wasn’t any particular reason. I had totally done the workout just fine and everything was fine, theoretically. The reason was simply: Ironman Training.

Last summer, I was busy with so many other things—like moving to L.A. and my car trying to kill me—and I was arguably undertrained for IM Canada (though not because I’m lazy, just because I was as trained as was smart and made sense at the time). So I never really had the full-on Ironman weirdness happen, where your body just sort of isn’t sure what to do with what you’re putting it through.

Not this time around. This time I’m pretty sure my body isn’t sure what to do, so I’d like some corroboration that weird things happen during Ironman training and also, if you were wondering just how healthy being fit is, well here you go. These are some weird things that have happened that we’re just chalking up to Ironman training:

  • Can you micro-fall asleep? Where you’re pretty sure that you fell asleep for the second you closed your eyes and then you blinked and woke back up? Because I think that’s happening.
  • Also, I can’t really sleep after hard or long workouts. Which is fun.
  • One day, after a really long weekend, I fell asleep on the couch and woke up and couldn’t figure out where I was. Not just for a few seconds, which happens to everyone sometimes. I straight-up walked around the house, took something out of the oven, and still wasn’t sure where I was.
  • Not being able to breath all the way. It just keeps catching in my chest. But then it goes away. Except for the other day when I forgot how to yawn.
  • Freezing-ness. Lots of that.
  • Am I starving? Am I going to throw up? The fun is in not knowing.
  • For a little while, I was convinced I was sweating way more than usual, just buckets and buckets. But that’s stopped. So I’m not sure if I imagined it or if something was actually wrong with me.
  • Sure, I’ve been to the doctors for both my ankles. I think they’re both within the realm of ignorable twinges, though. I have, however, lost the ability to discern ignorable twinges from non-ignorable ones.
  • I also have so many cuts. I’m not even sure how you get this many cuts training for an event that is largely by yourself. But there you have it.

Oh, and yeah, things are a mess. Don’t come visit our house right now. I’m not thinking straight and sometimes I write stuff that doesn’t make sense. Good thing that’s my job.

4 thoughts on “Crying in My Car, And Other Weird Parts of Ironman Training

  1. Since I stepped up my training I’m certainly experiencing the falling asleep instantly and “dozing when I should be blinking.” I eat a pretty clean diet to begin with but am going to try to step it up – I’m wondering if fuel issues are having something to do with tiredness. The main change I’m going to make is in getting more variety. I’m thinking of doing a “30 new meals in 30 days” challenge to ensure I’m getting nutrients I don’t normally get.

    I think your post makes total sense – just shows your listening to what your body is telling you.

  2. Since I stepped up my training I’m certainly experiencing the falling asleep instantly and “dozing when I should be blinking.” I eat a pretty clean diet to begin with but am going to try to step it up – I’m wondering if fuel issues are having something to do with tiredness. The main change I’m going to make is in getting more variety. I’m thinking of doing a “30 new meals in 30 days” challenge to ensure I’m getting nutrients I don’t normally get.

    I think your post makes total sense – just shows your listening to what your body is telling you.

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