The day is here. In approx 12hrs time I will be on the startline in Taupo for my first Full Ironman. The past 3 weeks, AKA, the taper has gone just fine. My biggest volume week was 4 weeks out, and from there the taper begins. I backed it up the following week with my 3rd longest rides and runs while still maintaining the swim training as this is far easier on the body to recover from.
Exactly 2 weeks out I took a day off to support a friend in the longest day coast to coast, so on the Sunday on the way home called into Pegasus town to compete in a local super sprint Tri Grand Prix. Basically three 20min triathlons staring each hour. My loooong endurance training certainly didn't set me up for a great day here, but it was a good opportunity to practice transitions and get in some good speed work. With all three race times added together I came one agonising second from a podium. I did however have pleasure in recording fastest run times over the mile distance in all three races. Approx 5:10-5:20mins for those in the know of good mile times.
Two weeks out I was quite nervous and apprehensive due to some reoccurring injuries showing up again, so this was putting some doubt in my mind for the marathon. I've managed them with some good massages and physio sessions along with my much loved foam roller. Whilst also recovering (tapering) as best I can up until now with some days off and very light trains so not to let the body get to lethargic. I did get a bit lethargic and lazy about a week ago which was difficult to get through but kept telling myself, I was not training anymore, just keeping the body alive and awake so not to stress too much about it all and enjoy the extra time off.
So how am I feeling now??
Quite calm actually, nothing more to be done now, just got to do the business tomorrow. Weather looks mild, but fresh will a cool 5deg start at swim time. Then some winds and some clouds.
Plan is to race my own race. I'm here to survive and finish, so self control will be the challenge. A steady cruisy swim so not to get to tense then a big loooong lunch on the bike to set me up for the run (not walk).
My pics for the individual titles would be Terenzo Bozone for the men. He is surely one the most consistent and hottest half ironman athletes on the planet and it's only time before he nails the full. He is no spring chicken now so tomorrow is it.
And you can't really look past Candace Hammond for the ladies after her stellar race in Wanaka 6 weeks ago so long as she has recovered.
Feel free to follow it all live on ironman.com for full race updates and athlete tracking. I'm number 335 FYI.
See you back here when I'm an Ironman.