The moment I’ve been waiting for.
I am prepared, I am strong, I can do this. These are just a few of the mantras I have been repeating in my head this week. Just a few days away from the biggest race of my lifetime, I am trying to just stay calm and relaxed… but it’s so hard! My mind is consumed with the ‘what ifs’ and I am super anxious. Good thing I have been working all week and I still have to pack.. that should take my mind off things… oh and watching the weather forecast like a crazy person is a welcome distraction.
When thinking about my goals for IMMT, sure I have certain numbers in my head…. but, as it gets closer, I am trying not to focus on the numbers. Instead I am trying to focus on the PROCESS. This is going to be my first Ironman and my body has never been through this challenge before. Sure, I want to do the absolute best that I can, but like many people tell me, I can’t expect things to go perfectly. Sure, I want to have a perfect day, but thinking that it won’t be stellar, and things can and will go wrong… I believe makes me more mentally prepared. It’s going to hurt like hell, I will have (most likely) TONS of chaffing, at some point my stomach will feel nauseous, my knees will hurt, my back will break down… it will all probably happen, and I am prepared to deal with it… after all, ‘pain is in the brain.’
I have debated announcing my goals on the blog, because I can be quite superstitious about big races. I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. On the other hand, I feel like announcing my goals will hold me accountable. This being said… without further ado… here are my goals for my first IRONMAN. I am trying not to focus on that ‘magic number’ but it would be nice to reach my goals! Finishing the race alone will be an accomplishment:)
My overall goal is to break 11:00 hours for the entire race. I know it’s possible, and I believe I can do it, I just need to have a good day out there! Breaking 11 hours is a very realistic goal for me, but I am not going into the race EXPECTING 11 hours or less. I will do what I can with the body I have, we’ll see where my body decides to take me that day. Also, I am not focusing on finishing at a certain place in my Age Group.. because let’s be honest… we NEVER know who’s going to show up that day. Focus on the things you CAN control versus the things you CANNOT control. I can control my pace on the bike, I can control my speed on the run… but I cannot control placing in the top 10 in my age group, so I’m not going to focus on it. I am focusing on the process and that’s it… oh and having fun!
Goal swim time break 1:10
The swim has gone from my weakest sport, to one that I am now confident in. The only thing I am worried about (per usual) is the start of the swim. The swim start will be in waves, but I am the second to last wave to get in the water… after ALL of the men (including the old ones). I just need to relax during the swim and get in a groove!
I would love to get under this time, but I know that the swim is just a blip on the radar in an Ironman race. My plan is not to overdo it, but maintain a steady pace that I’m comfortable with. The swim is the LEAST of my worries in this race.
Goal Bike time: 6:00 hours or less
I love this blurb from Mary Eggers (8 time Ironman finisher, 3 time Kona qualifier. USAT Triathlon Coach) who raced IMMT and wrote about it on her blog:
I think this course will reward the athlete who is process focused rather than outcome focused. What do I mean by that? More often than not I see athletes come to an Ironman bike course stating “I am going to ride a 5:45″. Which is fine, but they get so locked onto that 5:45 that they unfortunately run a 5:45 as well. Instead…. focus on the process. Your pacing.
Let’s just say if I don’t want to run a 5:45, I need to focus on my pacing on the bike. If I don’t break 6:00 hours on the bike, I will only benefit on the run (which is my strongest event anyways!). I’m trying to convince myself not to get caught up in the magic ‘number 6.’ Similar to swimming, I have been working SO hard on the bike this year and have seen lots of gains. My goal on the bike is to focus on the process and my pacing. Most importantly, I need to make sure my heart rate is low enough (i.e. not spiking into Z2) and follow my nutrition plan! I have practiced the plan over and over… now it’s time to execute it! My coaches say, take the Ironman bike as if it’s a long training ride, and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. After all, it all happens on the RUN.
Finish in under 3:35
My slowest Boston Marathon time is 3:28, fastest is 3:24. Given the difficulty of the Boston Marathon course, and all of my bike-run brick training, I am fairly confident that I can run the Marathon in under 3:35. However, I am not getting stuck on this number because I have never ran an IRONMAN Marathon before. Running a 3:35 marathon is not a stretch goal, but it also means things have to be going really well after the bike ride (i.e. my stomach is behaving itself).
Besides swim, bike, run (and the two transitions)…
I need to focus on my nutrition and the plan I have been following all along. STICK TO THE PLAN is my theme of the day. I know what I need to drink and when I need to drink it. When I need to have a power bar, salt tabs, gels, etc… it’s ingrained in my brain. The truth is, I have trained my ass off, but if I get the nutrition wrong (too much too little, wrong timing) things can go awry and F up my entire race. Isn’t it crazy how it all comes down to science? I think so. Most important at all, I just need to remember to SMILE:)
Not sure what internet will be like in Quebec, so this might be my last post before the race!
In case you want to TRACK me on race day, and send good vibes, my BIB # is 779. My swim wave starts at 7:00 AM.
Just go to the race website on race day, Sunday August 17th:
Enter my BIB # 779 (under my maiden name: Kristin Lawhorn)
As you are tracking me, and I’m getting close to the finish, you can even pull up the LIVE streaming finish line!
If you are iPhone Savvy, you can also download the IronTrac App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/irontrac/id489168542?mt=8 and search under 140.6 races, select Ironman Mont Tremblant. Then enter my BIB # 779. You will be able to track me from your iphone this way!
FYI my split times will be in KILOMETERS
**If you have done an Ironman before, feel free to send me tips for race day! **
THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ME ON THIS INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!!