Tired or Tired Of

I was talking with my coach last weekend. I told him I was tired. He asked if I was tired and had trouble doing the workouts or if I was tired but able to do my workout and felt good when I finished.

After thinking about the previous weeks' workouts I realized I am “tired of.”

It took a couple of days to recover from the 96-mile bike ride a week ago, but I was able to do the week's workouts and not really be tired.  I swam 7,000 yards, ran 20+ miles this past week, and rode 4-1/2 hours on the trainer.

What I thought was tired is really “tired of.”

These are the things of which I am “tired of.”

  • Missing my church on long-ride Sundays
  • Getting up at 4:30 am in order to beat the high temperatures of Mississippi summers
  • Going to bed by 9:00 pm in order to get up at 4:30 or 5:00 am
  • Driving 30 minutes to the new pool for a swim (I do love the pool and lifeguards who are friendly and helpful)
  • Driving another 20-25 minutes to the new gym to do weights
  • Driving another 25 minutes home from the new gym
  • Trying to figure out what to eat before, during, and after workouts
  • Not getting together with friends
  • And missing out on using my YOLO board and kayak

My “tired of” issues are self-imposed because I want to do everything I can to finish the race in the 17-hour time limit. Since I began my Ironman training I have missed half of one swim workout and one bike ride.

I chose to do this and am not unhappy. Just “tired of” it. According to my coach this means I am ready.

There are only 36 days until Ironman Florida 2016, and taper time is less than 3 weeks away.  I have already made plans with friends this week, even though I will have to be home for 9:00 pm bedtime.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it has an Ironman title.