I started this blog in 2010 when there were 11 weeks to go before my next Ironman triathlon. People have found it interesting (mainly my Mum!) so I continue to write.
The Ironman is a long distance triathlon; Swim 2.4miles, Cycle 112miles, Run 26.2 miles (marathon). I have competed in one every year since 2004. I hope this blog can help others see what is involved. I find the process of writing it makes me more accountable and motivates me to do the harder sessions when i'm not feeling like it!

Monday, 8 August 2011

So 9 weeks to go till Hawaii. I've spent the last week thinking about how to prepare. It's a little tricky as I've got to recover from the UK race and build up for this new one. Also it would be easy to set some mega goal which would just put me at a greater chance of injury.

Bottom line is to finish at Hawaii. However on the other hand, if I spend all my time being cautious and thinking don't get injured there is a good chance that's exactly what will happen. We all tend to gravitate towards what we concentrate on - it's like that "don't think about a pink elephant". Some people think the mind doesn't really deal in negatives just the object of the thought.

So, I think the best approach is to ease back into it. Address the things that held me back in the last race whilst setting some modest goals.

I've sat in the Sauna a fair bit this last week in an attempt to start the process of acclimatisation. I've also put on 2kg, the eating really surprised me, it's settled back down to normal now though. I'm not going to get too concerned about that at the moment.

I've had a couple of emails from super stars in the ironman world like Rachel Joyce who is a fair bit better than me!

I'm waiting to hear from a few people with any advice they have.



40mins warm up easy spinning
Main set - 5 x 5min 85rpm 250W on 3min recovery
10min cool down

Run 1.5km easy

I've also taken the bike position back to the starting point and will hopefully get that dialled in well before the race.

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