so here i am. 6.5 weeks away from my second ironman and i dont know if i am ahead of myself or chasing my tail. i remember after my first ever 70.3 i was so determined that my next one was going to be perfect and i was going to smash my time. as it turned out i suffered getting the training done with low iron and on the day the weather was crap and the swim a nightmare that set me back over 10 minutes and while i had a great bike to make up the time it didnt pan out like i had planned. i knew before that day that you have to keep in mind that there are just some things you cannot control. and still, even after that, i keep thinking that my second ironman is going to be so much better blah blah blah. so this is a reminder that anything can happen on the day and there are no givens.
|One of the few nice sunny days.|
|Dead snail from riding in wet weather.|
i have learnt more about myself going through this the second time around than the first. i have discovered if i really am that determined or motivated. not to mention disciplined. i need improvement but i think that is what attracts me to this sport. i am not a naturally gifted triathlete. i think i am a natural athlete in that most sports that i try i do okay without too much effort but i do not excel at just one thing. perhaps that is why i thought triathlon would suit me. what i like about ironman is that it generally keeps everyone honest. if you dont do the training there is nowhere to hide. gifted people can sometimes rock up and smash a sprint or olympic distance race and maybe even push it at a 70.3. but ironman will find you out. i have one thing working to my advantage. this is not my first ironman and i have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
the weather over the next week looks very good so i am getting excited. about training and about the race. i am going to be the most disciplined and organised triathlete. i am going to get the job done.