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  • Writer's pictureEmmelia Potts

Iron Man Is Like Having A Small Child

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

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  • Iron Man is always at the back of your mind, it never goes away.

  • You never feel like you are giving Iron Man training enough time and attention, despite it having the majority of your time and attention.

  • You feel guilty for having 5 minutes to yourself and not perusing one of the activities you know you should be doing.

  • The rest of your immediate future is sacrificed because of this one thing.

  • Mood swings are horrendous, sometimes you want to kill the bike, and sometimes it is your favourite thing in the world.

  • You knew Iron Man was going to be a large financial commitment, but are shocked to find out how much money you sift through a month on bits and pieces to keep the dream alive.

  • Your friends think you have changed and refer to the "old, fun" version of you.

  • You find all you want to talk about is Iron Man. It slowly begins to consume your life and your brain.

  • There are a lot of things that can go wrong on a day-to-day basis. A LOT.

  • Iron Man requires a dedication beyond that of anything I have ever encountered before.

  • You have to juggle many a ball. (Multi-tasking between, cycling, running, swimming, strength training, stretching and rehab is not as easy as I first thought it would be *sigh*)

  • There will be more bad days than good, but the good always makes you carry on.

  • You are constantly tired, like all the time.

  • Rest days you spend worrying that you are relaxing and having fun, you start to stress about whether this day of rest is necessary.

  • You begin to wonder why on earth you did this to yourself when you could have spent all this time and money sitting on a beach drinking cocktails with half-naked men.


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