Post Ironman depression is very real I'm learning. Nine months of non-stop training, it was pretty much a part-time job for me, to suddenly having a blank calendar and a lot of time on my hands. It's a tough adjustment, and you start slipping pretty quickly. It really doesn't help hearing my coach, and tri friends telling me to not do anything for a couple of weeks to recover.
I'm still trying to fight out of this little funk. I'll also admit, it's not just post-Ironman stuff that is knocking me down. Events in my life haven't helped the situation either.
So what do I do?
I have no idea! I wish I spent some time in the months leading up to Ironman to think about what to do after the race, and keep me busy during recovery. The only thing I can think of is to just continue with what I was doing before the race, just not at the level I was training. It's helped a little, but the motivation, and drive just isn't there. I think it's because the workouts are connected to any kind of goal, race, or event.
One solution to that issue... Sign up for the Seattle Marathon 🙂
The Seattle Marathon will be my last hurrah of the 2017 season. I wanted to do this run because I was pretty disappointed with my run at Ironman Coeur d'Alene. I know I can do better if my nutrition didn't fail me. So I wanted to prove to myself that I can run a full marathon. In fact, I should do 1000% better than the Ironman run, because in the Seattle Marathon, I don't have to worry about a 2.4 mile swim, and 112 mile bike before the run 🤣!
The Seattle Marathon is in November, Thanksgiving weekend. Not the best time in my personal opinion, as I dislike the cold, and rain ... which I'm sure will be the weather on race day.
It's time to wake up the old engine, get the training plan together, and execute! Here's to the final 2017 push!