It is not just the day of the race that is exhausting. It is the constant stress of prepping. I was up this morning at 4:00am to ride on the trainer (indoors) for 2 1/2 hours. Ignore the fact that I went to sleep last night at 8:00 last night by the way and no, I don't have much of a social life other than with fellow triathletes...who also went to sleep at 8:00pm last night. So as I get closer and closer to a race, which takes about 24 weeks of serious training to prep for, I am more and more tired...no, not just tired but exhausted!
It is not just the physical torture of that training, but the mental and emotional mayhem that happens in training as well! I start to dream about racing. I have those nightmares where you are running and not getting anywhere. I forgot my shorts. I forgot my bike! I wake up thinking about what my training is for that day. The night before I prep for the next day. Is my iPod charged so I can run to music (no music allowed at all during the race itself, by the way)? Are my clothes set out both for training and for work. Don't even get me started on the night before the race! Sleep? If I get four hours I count myself lucky!
A conflict with another party is similar to training for and racing. It is totally exhausting! It is not just the day in court, which is the party's "Ironman," but the build-up to it. The conflict builds and builds, disrupting sleep and causing someone to be distracted and stressed. Preparing for court is time-consuming. The filings, meetings with attorneys, gathering evidence, producing evidence, answering interrogatories, the back-and-forth with the other party, etc. all use up time, money, and constantly add to the emotional, mental, and physical stress on a person.
Stress can be a good thing on the body, but too much, can break the body down and affect one's physically health and mental well-being. Stress can motivate someone to better their lives however too much stress, or the wrong kind of stress, can cause damage.