“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Yes you read that right, Ironman is a teamsport.
It may not be a teamsport in the way basketball is.
It may not be a teamsport in the way rowing is.
And it may not even be a teamsport in the way double tennis is.
But you can be damn sure it’s a teamsport.
See, lately I’ve gone into Peak phase (aka the most time consuming phases of them all) meaning that time has never, ever been as valuable for me as it is right now. I’m trying to put more training hours in less time, work in the evenings or early mornings, spend necessary time with my girlfriend and in the meanwhile trying to get back to college and trying to find a home where me and my girlfriend can live, ooh yeah, and ofcourse this blog, don’t forget about the blog. Meaning that basically all of my days start at 7-8 a.m. and end at 9-12 p.m., no joke.
As you may have noticed somewhere in that pile of things to do I put ”spend necessary time with my girlfriend”. Just like this is a stressfull time for me it is also a stressfull time for my girlfriend and my family.
1) They have to put up with me
2) They have to deal with me
3) Me and my training
This has been tough for my girlfriend and I don’t blame her for it, it is.
So let me dedicate this post to all the people out there that have to deal with an Ironman (in the making) and let me say a few things that you really need to know:
- We NEED you
It may not always look like it but your unconditional support is what we need, especially when things are getting hard, you can help us get through and sometimes that support is all we need. Knowing that there are other people out there that love us and support us can really make us move mountains, or finish Ironmans.
- We UNDERSTAND you
We get that it’s hard for you, we really do. It’s also hard for us. And we know that this has not been your decision and sometimes that makes us feel guilty because we put you up with a lot of emotions and grumpy Ironman behaviour, while it’s not your decision to do an Ironman. Please understand that when we cross that finish line, for a part, it is also your accomplishment, you supported us and without you we wouldn’t know if we would have been able to finish it.
- We LOVE you
Sometimes it may look that training comes in first place and your not even in the top 3 of priorities. Believe us when we say that you are our no. 1 even if it may not look like that at the moment. Yes, the last weeks take a lot of time away from us and yes we may not spend as much time with you as you (and we) would like but we have come so far and we have put so much effort into this that we just can’t throw it away anymore, we have to finish it. Remember that when we cross that finish line we have a thing called an off-season and that we would love to spend that with you!
We really, really, really understand you. We do have emotions and sometimes we wish that we could spend all the time in the world with you but please support us and hang in there just a little more and when off-season comes we have all the time of the world for you.
Do you dare to say it’s not a teamsport?