As Britney so famously sang “Oops I did it again…” here I am saying the same thing “Oops I did it again” I’ve signed up for another Ironman 70.3
“Why have I done this, wasn’t the first time enough?!” my friends cry with incredulity when I tell them the exciting news
To be frank, It was! The pain of training (It took two years and six visits to A&E before I could get this life dream complete) was the biggest ball buster lol. I would far prefer to just get on and get it over with.
But after more than a year layoff – and when I say lay off I mean I laid off completely to almost horizontal – the itch for accomplishment and challenge is back so here I am and rearing to go.
For any novices out there looking to do their first Ironman 70.3 here are the steps I am taking to succeed once again – feel free to use as you wish
Step one : Choose your race
Everybody will enjoy a different scene – Give me warm, mild weather any day over cold, wet and rainy (sorry UK, but I won’t be racing this distance in this climate anytime soon) I also – because of my heart condition – need to choose a race which isn’t tough (big climbs and crazy weather). But that’s what I love about Ironman – they ahve races all over the world so there are events for everyone
For this reason I chose Budapest as my first event – Beautiful city, great course, fast, flat, scenic, warm.
Unfortunately for some reason they are not racing in Budapest this year so I’ve gone for Ironman 70.3 Vichy which from what I’ve read and seen videos of is a very similar race environment
here’s a link to all events http://eu.ironman.com/events/triathlon-races.aspx#axzz59joRa5Ow
Step two: Set your Goals
As the saying goes “Failing to Plan, is planning to fail”
Whats great about goal setting is that they don’t have to be all about performance metrics (speed, time, pace) although do be aware of the cut off time. They can also be about experience, mindset etc
My goals for this year are as follows
- Finish time: Finish the event – ideally in under six hours (cut off is 7:30) –
My last event I completed in 6:25 and I feel that with the right preparation and experience I now have this is an achievable goal
- Finishing state: Alive, healthy, with a huge grin on my face, my chest swelling with pride, breathing easily and lightly.
This piece is critical for me and a goal that I continuously need to repeat to myself as I am highly competitive and if I am not carefully am liable to push to hard with serious consequences.
- Smaller goals:
- Swim leg – Swim 1.9km in less than 35 min (last event took 48)
- Bike leg – Cycle 90km in under hours (about the same as last time)
- Run leg – Run 21km in under 2 hours (this is the one that hurt most last time and probably my biggest challenge)
- Transitions: keep each transition under 5 minutes
- Racing state: Have fun, smile, relax and enjoy
Step three: Create the plan
I have just under five months/ 25 weeks to go which seems like a lot of time but believe you me time flies by. My learn from last time round was rather start slightly earlier which give you time to build up the distance and minimise stress and injury. I have the plan and will share this my next post.
There you have it time to get back on the road –
Have you done an Ironman? What would your advice be?
From Impossible to I AM POSSIBLE