Will There Be Ironman Events In 2021
It was the morning of the Jr. High Cross-Country Championships.
I had been running and training with my team for months and was ready to compete!
This morning in Northern California it was pouring rain. I laid in bed and could hear the rain drops hitting the roof of my parents house, rhythmically the music of this large storm kept me awake most of the night.
That morning, it was decided the trails were too wet, too muddy, unsafe for youth athletes to compete in the event. The race was canceled to be rescheduled on a future date.
I remember being so disappointed. Upset! Thinking this sucks! I have been training and I’m ready today to race.
My father got off the phone with my coach and turned to give me good advise that morning.
“You will race another day.”
During Covid-19 I often am reminding myself and the athletes I coach of this lesson.
Covid-19 has sucked, it has at times been very upsetting, disappointing. It has taken hundreds of thousands of lives.
For the endurance community races have been canceled, races have been rescheduled. There is uncertainty for future races athletes are currently signed up for. Will they be cancelled or postponed?
The same for sports. Games, seasons and yes even the Olympics have been canceled or rescheduled during COVID-19.
Will there even be Ironman Events this year?
I get this question fairly often, it comes up in discussion at least weekly for me. I am a USA Triathlon Level 2 coach and an Ironman coach so I talk to a lot of athletes.
My optimistic side says yes. Later season Ironman events will happen. It will depend on the state and the current COVID-19 cases, hospital capacities, politics, and regional restrictions.
States like Arizona, Texas, Utah have already been having endurance races. I believe other states will follow. That they can be held safely.
The athletes want to race. Every Ironman is sold out in 2021.
Ironman wants to have their events. They even opened a new event, Ironman Indiana to give more athletes the opportunity to compete.
Looking at the bigger picture though.
Life is always uncertain.
You may wake up to a storm that causes an event to get canceled or rescheduled. It happens because of weather and now during this 2020/2021 pandemic.
Worst you may wake up to a storm, a life storm that make is so you don’t care about racing at all, but only care about survival.
We can not make our decisions in life guided by life’s uncertainties. Fear of the unknown will only hold you back.
The storm makes us stronger and when it passes it makes us that much more grateful for the light and warmth of the sun.
If you still are waiting to start training or start chasing a new goal until COVID-19 is over. You have already loss a year of potential progress.
I have a long going joke with a friend of mine Coach Mark Alfaro. When we talk about fitness, I tell him I can do an Ironman or Ultra Distance at any time.
I’m not saying it would be pretty, I am just saying if needed to, I could go do it endure it and finish.
We laugh because we have trained together for over a decade and both know for us training is more than an endurance event.
You sign up and train for an Ironman, then it gets canceled or rescheduled. So what?
Yes it sucks, you can’t race, you can’t compete, you can’t race to come in 1st, to finish your event, to get your personal record. You have also invested money into it.
I can’t tell you if an event will happen or not, that is always uncertain.
You will get to race another day.
If you choose not to be guided by uncertainty and continue to train with optimism you will reap rewards far greater than race day results.
You invested in yourself.
You are now physically stronger because you have been trained to endure.
You are mentally stronger because you have challenged your body and mind during your training.
You have a cardiovascular systems that can go the distance.
An endurance base built that you can choose to continue to train, and maintain so you too can feel you can go out and do an Ironman at any time on any given day.
Isn’t that what a true Ironman is all about?
Not crossing a finish-line so you can say you are an Ironman.
Building yourself up through a process.
Stronger physically, mentally, more confident, so you can not only endure the distance, you can endure life and life events.
That is the true reward of challenging yourself through endurance training and when able competition.
Athletes who are signed up for an Ironman or any other event should continue to train as if it is going to happen. If you dream of competing in your first Ironman, I don’t recommend you wait, start going after it right now. The rewards are far greater than the uncertainty.
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