When I set the Augusta Ironman 70.3 as my major goal for this year, I asked my wife first.
That wasn’t because I necessarily needed her permission. It was because a major endurance race goal is not all about you — your family is a major part of it.
My wife and I have had these discussions recently, particularly because of this article in today’s Wall Street Journal.
From the article:
With exercise intruding ever-more frequently on intimacy, counselors are proposing a new wedding vow: For fitter or for fatter. “Exercise is getting more and more couples into my office,” says Karen Gail Lewis, a Cincinnati marriage and family therapist.
It made me think of this good podcast about “Ironwidow” — spouses of Ironman athletes.
So I did the podcast about it tonight. Specifically about the article, but you can listen to Ironwidow for a better explanation.
It’s tough. If I want to do the Half Ironman, it will take long hours. I have the ability to largely set my own schedule this summer and fall. I’m blessed to have bosses (clients) who let me be flexible as long as I get my work done.
Now, the people in the article were borderline crazy. One worked out two hours a day and 5-6 hours a day on the weekends. The other one did Ironmans on Mother’s day. That’s just selfish. And it’s the reason I will probably never do a Ironman. I just know the time away from my family would be too much — for them and for me.
Anyway, that’s the topic for this week’s podcast. I’m sure I’ll come back to it again. I did this as a spur-of-the-moment and recorded this one fast. I’ll have more thoughts about it in the future. I just felt it was something we all need to consider if we are endurance athletes with families.
Run long friends.