Guest Spot is officially be changed by me to IronMate and here is an update.
So I read through my blog post from October of last year to review what I had wrote and compare it to my life now and thought I would share.
Jason is now less than 2 weeks from his first full Ironman and things have ramped up a lot in our household. In all honesty – I am sharing this truthfully with you.
Life has changed quite a bit since October – the last month of training has taken a toll on me emotionally. His days of training turn out to be full days and on weekends there are times he leaves early in the morning and doesn’t come back until later in the afternoon. I don’t make plans for us to do anything during the day, and I know that he wouldn’t be interested in a bike ride with me at this point. I am angry at times because I feel like I am alone and I vent to him and at one point actually told him I hoped he hated doing the Ironman for purely selfish reasons – just to get my Jason back. Did I mean it – YES – at the time, but I would never take away his joy of this sport (or of course my opportunity to stalk Andy P.)
The laundry has tripled in size as Jason wears several layers of clothes to mimic the heat during the race (this is where I wouldn’t last) so the machine is running daily and I always laugh when I pull out my one running outfit versus his 6 towels and several shirts and shorts, and tri-kits. The laundry room itself smells like a dead raccoon, and pretty sure it has to be one of his several pairs of running shoes resting on the floor – its certainly not mine.. my running shoes smell more like maple syrup.
Appetite – This alone amazes me. We try to at least be in the same vicinity when eating although we don’t always sit down together to eat dinner due to our schedules, and I see his massive plate of food devoured. A few hours later in the evening when I am snacking on my daily popcorn fix, here comes round two of his feast. Let’s just say if I was keeping up with him on his eating habits, I would not be this shape – I would be completely round.
This has been a journey to say the least. Training takes a lot of time and a lot of communication. Jason now sends me his schedule weekly to let me know where he is. I have become more involved in running with a local running group and also met up with a twitter friend, (seriously my new best friend!) I have learned that I keep myself busy with my son or on my own, and keep in mind that Jason is doing something he loves, and I know that he supports me on the things I plan on doing. At some point we will downsize from a house with a pool to something simpler to accommodate our busy lives, and not have to worry about the knee high weeds (or the six foot snake in our yard). We will make it work – thru sickness and in health and in Ironman training.. and on May 19th after 140.6 miles, I will get my Jason back.. well, for a little while.
I love you honey – you make me proud to be married to you.