Wow – we are at 60 days to Ironman Wisconsin, and my half ironman is this weekend! We’re in the thick of things!
I’m pretty pleased with training so far. I’m faster than before (and lighter), and I’m further ahead in terms of training distance than I was last year. Well, I’m kind of the same calendar-wise, but this year my race is 3 weeks later than last year’s Ironman Louisville. But this week is all about Racine.
I did the Racine 70.3 two years ago (race recap here), and I’m looking to better my time by a little more than half an hour.
Here’s what my plan is:
1- Do the Swim — I have a time goal, but should be possible based on recent times.
2-Take the bike conservatively — I have some #s in mind, but the main goal here is to be conservative rather than all out. I’m going to take the first 20 minutes early, and try to keep my effort as consistent as possible across the 3+ hour bike.
3-Run my heart out — I’m setting myself up to have a strong run. I want to “embrace the pain” on this run, which I haven’t done in a longer distance race. To push my limits. I have a pacing strategy, a nutrition strategy, and that conservative bike is intended to let me go all out on the run.
I’d like to go around 6:30, and do a 2:20-2:30 run. A 2:20 run should be possible based on my recent run paces, but is 15 minutes faster than my best 70.3 run. I should be able to do it, “put your mind into it.” I can’t just give up when the going gets tough. “Hello pain, I’ve been waiting for you,” I’m practicing those words.
What I’m Doing This Week:
So my training is pretty much done for a half ironman. I’m not going to get any faster from anything that happens this week. So I’m doing this:
- Eating healthy. After tonight, no alcohol, junk food, etc.
- Sleeping more. It’s easier when training is dialed back, but I’ll be focusing on this.
- Foam Rolling, stretching. Maybe I can fit in a massage
- Getting my Bike Ready. Getting it cleaned up and ready to race. I took it to Live Grit since it’s been acting a little funny when shifting sometimes.
- Visualization. I need to visualize my strong swim, my steady bike, and pushing it on the run. I need to visualize not giving up when it gets hot, or when it starts hurting. Keep going. You’re expecting this.
- Getting my bags ready! I can’t wait!