No one actually told me that Ironman would inhabit my dreams. Normally a sound sleeper, with not much to worry about, I spent the last week worrying (needlessly having spoken to the coach and mentor)….This is supposed to be enjoyable and I guess I forgot my perspective.
So below I’ll share the concerns and, of course, the reasons to counter and embrace and enjoy this amazing journey.
My god – I will never finish, everyone else is training loads
Well of course everyone is an individual – if you have taken the right advice, training 12 hour a week with 6 months to go you are setting yourself up for injury or illness, where is the progression?
The bike – I am riding so slowly and I worry I’ll be like a toddler on a trike…
Don’t be an idiot…. Secondly,it is winter, you go slower, the roads are hideous…
These and many other insecurities bubbled up,but of course, if I use the rational part of my brain the below is true;
1) I have probably never been fitter
2) Why would I want peak performance 6 months before an event, Mo Farah does base training in winter. TO build endurance and stay injury free.I might not be Mo but I want both of those things….
3) I can only control what I do and nobody else….Thank god. If my daughter is reading this, I am assured by my coach that a) I won’t die and b) I will finish in a respectable time. Of course by then she will be 18 and will be allowed to buy me a celebratory beer….Although I probably won’t finish it…..
So thanks Coach…My learning focus on this process.Whatever happens – I will end up fitter,healthier and will have learnt lots on the way…..here goes to a relatively easy week