15th July 2016 - Ironman UK Tips
Good luck and best wishes to Dan Hatton, Graeme Courtney, Lee Cramp, Toby Hamer and James Henderson - five of my athletes who are all taking part in their first Ironman this weekend – Ironman UK.
And just to show that I don’t just sit there putting plans together and shouting at people, I’ll be toeing the starting line with them in a bid to complete my third Ironman. Let’s see if I can finish this one without tearing an achilles again (right one at Ironman UK in 2014 and left one at Ironman UK in 2015). I still finished though so let that be a lesson guys – no excuses this Sunday!
On a final note, one of the biggest tips I can give you all is to be realistic about the times that you expect to do – failing to be realistic will only end in misery.
If you’ve been swimming race distance in 1 hour 15 minutes, don’t suddenly expect that you’ll swim it in 1 hour on race day.
If you’ve been doing double loops of the Ironman UK course in 6 hours, don’t expect to be able to complete the whole bike section in 6 hours 30 minutes on race day – there’s still 18 miles to go on top of the double loop and you’re not going to find any extra/secret speed on race day.
And if you’ve run a 4 hour marathon before, or never run that far before, don’t expect to be able to run a sub 4 hour marathon – we are not elite triathletes and it’s just not going to happen.
Speaking of the run – walk the short sharp hill shortly after leaving T2 and walk up the short sharp hill on each lap as you leave Bolton town centre – save your legs for the rest of the run – it’s a long way!
Remember though - you’ve done a great block of consistent training since Christmas (and before) and you’re probably in the best endurance shape of your life – don’t forget that when you’re out there on the course having a “dark” moment.
It’s an Ironman – it’s not meant to be easy!
Most of all though, enjoy your day and I’ll see you on that run course at some point.