It has been a pretty good build up with no major issues. I have had a couple of minor niggles but nothing which has stopped me from training or got into my head too much. I have done the most long runs (I call long 1hr45+) I have ever done for any Ironman so I am hoping to be able to run well for at least the first 30km and then hold on for the last 12km. I think my legs gave in after 20km in 2013 which made for a very long and painful second half.
I got a beautiful new pair of ASICS DS Trainers which I planned to wear on race day, we do not appear to be very comptaible though and they tore my heels up on a 6km run. I gave them another go but it was too risky and have decided to go with my 2000's which I have done the most of my training in. They were good enough for Daniella Ryf at Kona so hopefully will be good for me. I like the DS Trainers because they make me feel light on my feet but it is too risky, pretty disappointing when I have used the 3 previous models with no issues.
We had a busy weekend last weekend doing a rather intense windtrainer session on Saturday morning then heading straight to Mission Bay for the Bean Rock swim (3.2km) and then a very unplesant run after that. The next day we were in Cambridge for a 4hr bike in the rain (rain? What is this water falling from the sky?) and then a much improved 8km run off the bike where I stole a Strava Course Record off the former World Triathlon Champion Lisa Nordon. She was probably running with her feet tied together.
My little P3C just got a new front derailleur which will hopefully solve my big ring issues so I am hoping not to be riding in fear every time I get out of my saddle.
I have been obsessing over splits and seconds per 100m, kph and minutes per km, and am leaving little pieces of paper everywhere with my calculations all over them. I have done enough IMNZ's to know what I am capable of but you never know what will happen on the day - namely the last 10km of the run. I have pulled out The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training but haven't had to resort to it yet, I will need my brain to be as tough as my legs on race day and would be disappointed if this was my downfall.
We head to Taupo - the land of visors and compression socks - on Wednesday so see you all there!
|Last long run DONE!|
|Chocolate Fish Wednesday run commute|
|Holy deliciousness - choc dipped nut butter bananas|
|A light attached to the back of a helmet! What will they think of next|
|Plenty of room here|
|Pretty much sums it up|