Debunked: 5 Incorrect Assumptions People Make about IRONMAN Training

Being a qualified coach (and spending half of my time either in Lycra or IRONMAN-branded gear) it invariably comes up in conversations with "normal" people about the absurdity to the type of training and races I do.

One of the more consistent responses in these conversations is somebody explaining to me how much they would love to (but could never!) do an IRONMAN race.

I used to just nod in agreement, but as I built my coaching expertise, I found myself challenging people's standard assumptions people made about why they personally couldn't achieve what I've helped others achieve for years.

In my experience, their reasons for not being able to take on an IRONMAN normally fall into one of these five categories:

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