For the last 20 weeks I have focused on one date, June 28th 2015. My first Ironman. I went into it blind and relied solely on the belief that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. That, and an online training plan that I worked off loosely for the duration of those 20 weeks. I finished Ironman Austria in 10:42:06. Before the race if someone offered me a sub 11 hour Ironman I'd have taken it and ran. Now I find myself trawling through the course in my mind, figuring out where I could shave off some minutes. Let the games begin.
Take Away Notes
- Listen to the body more often. I never felt better during my entire 20 week plan than I did in those last 2 weeks when I was forced to the side-lines. I was chomping at the bit for the main event and felt healthier than I had in a long time.
- More strength and conditioning work. I believe that my lower back and high hamstring issues arose as a result of me not lifting weights often enough. I used to be an avid gym goer back when I played rugby but through my ignorance I believed that I possessed enough ‘strength’ to push on. This was yet another mistake of mine and something I plan to rectify going forward.
- Train smarter. This ties in to listening to the body. Ironmen are guilty of always trying to squeeze in as much training as possible. My weekly articles were called my ‘mileage reports’. Case in point. We are obsessed with getting the miles up and this is a flawed approach. In future I will be training less hours but rather making those sessions count more.
- Develop forefoot running.
- Work on leg strength for the bike.
- Do more explosive swimming sets rather than the long drawn out stuff.
- Ironman Florida or Copenhagen.