The value of support
Last week’s key learning is – Don’t underestimate your support crew!
Over the past month I have taken extended leave from work to train. Relocating from my fast past busy life style in Auckland to join mum and dad on holiday in Queenstown and then heading with them back to Christchurch was the best thing I could have done! I am not recommending everyone moves home, but comparing life pre and post it has made me realise that you can’t underestimate the power of having a good support network around you. It just makes the whole thing so much more enjoyable! Taking this time has also enabled me to train in environments that I enjoy, reminding me of why I actually love and do this stuff!
The role of your support crew is very important and should not be taken for granted. They break up the monotony of training, get you out the door when you just can’t be arsed and make you feel, well, supported and that you aren’t going at it alone. The training is relentless and all encompassing. Having people around who sympathise with you, are willing to pick up your share of other daily tasks, and go on the odd training session with you are vital. These superstars play a crucial role in getting you to the start line and should not go unnoticed.
Since coming home I have been surrounded by positivity. I have had down time for recovery, something I couldn’t fit into my schedule in Auckland. To be honest, I would hate to think what my state of mind would be like if I had continued down the route of trying to be superwomen and do it all! I am sure I wouldn’t be a very nice colleague, fiancée, friend or daughter, but a very self obsessed, stretched and grumpy person who is just not nice to be around.
If you are considering training for an ironman, especially for the first time, all I can say is make sure you have time and the right support network around you. It is so much more fun not going at it alone!