It’s been a mad few weeks after my awards nomination was announced. I suddenly found myself in demand again, with radio and tv interviews. This coupled with the last few weeks of hard training meant that I’ve just not found the time to blog.
Well I can’t believe that Lanzarote is now less than 3 weeks away, where the hell has the past 12 months gone? I’m now officially tapering, but so far madness hasn’t gripped me. I’m sure it will. I just have to stay healthy, fit ( that might be a challenge for me ;-D ) and focussed. These last few weeks are as much about getting your head right as they are about maintaining your body.
My head got a massive boost last night after meeting up in the pub for a COLT Lanza seminar led By Coach Richard Mason, John Knapp and Mr Lanzarote, Chris Wild. All three are multiple finishers, 2 are sub 10 hours and they have all qualified for Kona. So basically a hell of a lot of experience. They talked us “newbies” through the course, gave us tips and advised on what to do in the days before and on race day. My confidence was raised by the fact that I now know that as long as I pace myself correctly, take on enough fluids, and don’t attack the hills early I should survive the bike. I will be studying the course, watching the DVD and formulating my race plan in my head over the coming weeks.
To me Lanza has always been about the bike, if I get off the bike under the 11.30 cut off, I shall complete the marathon despite the fact the tarmac could be touching temperatures of 50 degrees by mid afternoon on race day. So on May 19th at around 6pm when I reach T2 and hand my bike over I’ll have a huge grin on my face…..it’ll probably fade within a mile but hey what the hell, it’s Ironman, it’s supposed to hurt !!