PIDS- stand for Post Ironman Depression Syndrome- this is what happens after 12months of living and breathing ironman training and then you accomplish your race and it is all over- now what?!
First of all Congratulations to all Ironman Canada Participants!! It was one week ago today that we all took the plunge into Alta Lake on the most beautiful morning and were off on our ironman journey. I hope for all of you it was successful and if not I hope you can walk away learning from your experience and realizing that we are fortunate to even attempt something like this.
I thought that the inaugural race here in Whistler was fantastic! I think the organizers along with Whistler and Pemberton communities did a great job pulling off the event. As with any event in its first year there will be things that were successful and things that need improvement. With the feedback from businesses, athletes and the communities the Whistler event will grow stronger and better with each year!!
Now lets get back to PIDS. Before you go down that path I hope that you have all taken some time to stop and reflect on your day and your accomplishment. I know that many athletes before they even finish their Ironman are already looking beyond to their next challenge instead of stopping and reflecting on what they have just done. This opportunity for reflection only happens after we race. It is through our races and events that we grow as athletes and individuals. We learn about ourselves, our strengths and our areas of improvement, we are able to reflect back on what is most important to us and where we want to move in the future. What did you personally sacrifice to complete your Ironman? Did you miss spending time with friends, family, co-workers or just having fun. Now is the time to stop, take a big breath in(through your nose of course) exhale and relax and listen.
Take some time in the next week to sit down and write up your post ironman race report- reflect back on that amazing day, where did you have to go in order to accomplish it, what was great, who did you think about, who supported you and what would you do differently next time!