Step into an IronMan’s mindset!

An IronMan has a very strong mind, but this concept is often misunderstood.

I start with a simple example to give you an idea of what I mean: the concept of training to exhaustion or training despite physical problems and injuries for me is a completely wrong concept. 

Having a strong mind doesn’t mean training when you are injured, which in reality is a harmful behavior, unwise and that often leads to more serious injuries and long interruptions of preparation. 

Having a strong mind doesn’t mean training even when you’re exhausted or if you’ve only slept a few hours: Recovery and sleep are some of the most important aspects of an IronMan’s life.

Back to the injuries I want to be very clear: if you have just some muscle discomfort you can also continue to train but if the injury is serious it is better to stop even in the race, the tolerance of pain is one thing that, in my opinion, has very little sense.

Then sincerely the hero who runs wounded is good for action movies (and not even high-level movies) because it is untrue. 

Yes, it’s a movie legend! For example: have you ever tried to run with a muscle tear? Do you know how much a muscle tear hurts? I did, and honestly I couldn’t even put my foot down! 

I’m a weak person for that? But I completed 20 IronMan, so? 

Please listen to me, leave these absurd behaviors to the heroes in B movies.

On the contrary, one of the aspects that is part of the mental strength of an IronMan is definitely to have the strength to overcome the workouts gone bad in the short term and to visualize everything always in the long term. 

If one day for example you can’t do all your 1 km reps from 1 km or you complete these reps slower than expected a real IronMan do not get depressed or angry but try to understand why he failed to achieve the 100% of his day goal and especially he will thoroughly analyzes the whole training to highlight what positive there was inside it and not only in that training but also in all the training of the week, of the month and so on.

This is how an IronMan mindset works! This is be mentally strong!

Please forget the “No Pain No Gain” mindset that it’s just a great marketing trick that doesn’t really work for you.

In any case, always remember that you are an amateur triathlete and not a PRO (unfortunately many often forget it) and that spending your  time doing sports is ever a positive thing and certainly increases your well-being.

Mario Massarelli

Mario Massarelli

I am 52 years old and for over 10 years I have adopted Triathlon as my lifestyle. I started just to get in shape and lose a few kilos but after my first race in 2016 and become an IronMan Finisher. Starting from this my first great result I later quickly got results that were unimaginable for me lifestyle when I started doing triathlon.