The Diaries of the Pursuit of Ironman Arizona
"Having a daily triathlon training routine helped me push through the hard times I was faced with during this time. I know that the only thing that is constant in my life is my training and that I have control over that outcome."
As little as 3 short months ago I was gearing up for a huge 2020 racing season like many others were. I had a Team 70.3, Olympic distance Tri, Individual 70.3, and Full Ironman all on the books for 2020. I had just submitted my first Tri Sirena blog about preparing for Ironman Arizona and then suddenly everything changed for everyone. The whole world got hit with an unprecedented pandemic. For me personally my husband was furloughed, my son’s school shut down, and we had two major deaths in our family. Triathlon seems like it would be secondary at this point, but I found strength and stability in my daily training regimen. I am also a nurse and work at an amazing community hospital in California. I have been one of the lucky ones who has been able to work through the pandemic. Though the job is rewarding it can also be stressful. Having a daily triathlon training routine helped me push through the hard times I was faced with during this time. I know that the only thing that is constant in my life is my training and that I have control over that outcome.
As the weeks go on, my races have been getting canceled. I continue to train because it keeps me focused and SANE! Even though I may not race this year, I use the power of training to help me cope with the uncertainty. Instead of being knocked down and calling it quits, I have chosen to pivot and think of all the positives this year has brought me.
I have decided to keep on training, but to be more relaxed about how I get my training in. For instance, I have picked up mountain bike riding with my husband. This quality time spent together makes up for all the triathlon training I would have done without my family. I also decided to take every long day of training to practice being race-day ready. Always wearing my amazing Tri Sirena gear and also practice my race-day nutrition. Because let’s be real, who knows what aid stations will look like going forward?!
This year has brought new opportunities for resiliency and growth, making me a stronger person and athlete who will eventually race again! If anything, 2020 has taught me to be resilient which is a great quality to have as I seek out my ultimate destiny, to be an Ironman! Hope to see you on the racecourse soon, but until then be safe and stay healthy!
Written By: Angela Kirkendall, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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