Ironman 70.3 is next weekend and I am not going to lie, the bike cut off is going to be a bit tight if not damn near impossible.
I have not cycled nearly enough (when do I ever?) and I have done ZERO hill training. Yikes. Here is a quick breakdown of my cycle uhhh training (cough).
I have done 10 or so training rides on the roads, only one of which was slightly longer than 60km – but not much…. The rest were all about 45km. I have only done one ride that included hills (4 small hills to be exact) and a few rides (half hearted) on an indoor trainer. I have also done 3 triathlons (sprint distance….). Those of you who are also doing the 70.3 or who have done it in the past can stop rolling around on the floor laughing please.
Will I finish Ironman 70.3 in East London – I sure as hell hope so. For some strange reason I am more confident going in this year than I was last year. Not sure exactly why though – I think it is due to the fact that I have not had the opportunity to realise just how bad it actually is going to be. Last year I rode a lot more, we did a lot of hills and I knew it was going to be tough – this year I am relying on muscle memory and a strong mind. Last year though I only rode – I did not do much running or swim training. I had not done many (any) sea swims. This year, as long as I can actually get to the run, I should be fine. In fact my main goal for this year is to start the damn race!
I am much more excited this year than last – I have up’ed my vitamin intake. Actually I have up’ed the entire family’s vitamin intake. I am not taking any chances this time. I have also booked myself a hotel room close to the start and have told Mr OL he and Little OL need to find somewhere else to stay that night (callous I know!) Ok, don’t’ look at me like that – Mr OL is from East London and his friends and family are fighting over who gets them for the night (or at least that is what I am telling myself to alleviate the guilty feelings)
So – this time next week we, along with loads of other nervous and excited athletes will be heading to East London. I cannot wait! Please wish me luck if you see me, unless you have a sniffle – then please stay away….