“When the time for performance has arrived, the time for preparation has passed.” –Author unknown
June 27, 2014
I was in awe at the athletic and totally fit people walking around. I felt way out of my league, and yet at the same time I was so proud to be among them as a fellow competitor.
The weather was damp and cold, yet many competitors were in the water for a practice swim. I jumped in for a swim as well, I was anxious to test my wet suite which I was borrowing from my good friend Mike Gasik. The suite felt great, it passed the test and I determined to use it for the race.
June 28, 2014
June 29, 2014 Sunday morning (Race day)
Transition bags and Body Marking:
When I began training I set a lose goal to complete the Ironman in twelve hours, I got this number from friends who had completed Ironman Triathlons. Then I did a few basic calculations that estimated the times that I was capable of. I discovered that twelve hours would be reaching for the stars, but that was the measuring stick I would use during training, I also wrote a note in my phone which I looked at every day. As race day approached and as I took a closer look at the course I was racing on, including the amount of climbing, etc. I thought I would be really happy with any time under fourteen hours.
I don’t have a habit of checking my heart rate, time, speed, and distance like so many others do. I just listen to my body, and tried to under estimate the amount I was doing so that my training would be more than planned. But not much more, I wanted to avoid burnout and stick to the plan as much as I could. Usually I would take my Garmin watch with me as a recorder, but I rarely referenced it during my workouts. As I packed my bags for the race, I decided to I take my watch out of the bag and race without it, just listening to my body.(My actual time ended up being 12:29)
What worked and what didn’t”:
protein/ endurance shake: