The most frequent question I get when I talk about my new journey towards IRONMAN Nice is “how much did you pay to do it?” When they hear the amount they almost always immediately follow up with the question “why would you pay that much for an IRONMAN?”
Honestly, I’m not always sure what to say to them. It’s hard to explain and hard for other people to imagine what it’s like to be in my shoes. Sometimes I don’t think the simple “because it’s an IRONMAN” answer seems sufficient enough.
What I do know is that I really want to do this. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I started doing the triathlon 4-5 years ago, which is roughly the same time I stopped playing volleyball. Only three weeks after my first triathlon I was on the starting line again for the half ironman distance. It went well and I believed that I would be able to do an IRONMAN as early as the next year.
What happened next was not according to plan. I made a deal with myself that I would only do an IRONMAN after I completed a proper marathon. The problem was that the marathon I finished gave me an injury that I still to this day struggle with.
I’ve been checked by physios and doctors and they have no real answer to what happened an what’s wrong with my thigh. What I do know is that it seems to be better now, mainly because I’m more physically capable as a runner and because I know more about hydration and nutrition now than earlier. I can handle the strain it if I just take care of my body.
The problem is that this challenge of becoming an IRONMAN is so deeply connected to my identity that there can’t be any other outcome than the words “you are an IRONMAN,” no matter the cost.
So after all these years of struggling with my left thigh, I’m still hell-bent on finishing and I am so happy that I finally am ready to finish off this chapter of my life before starting off a new chapter with my wife to be.
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