At 6am on Sunday an airhorn will sound and the tranquil waters at the National water sports centre in Nottingham will become a violent churning maelstrom of bodies, a neoprene ballet of excitement, anticipation and fear.
A journey of 140.6 miles that began for many, months, maybe years ago. A journey that doesn’t begin on the start line. A journey that will see each individual ask themselves more questions than they ever thought they’d ask. A journey that will hurt. A journey that will inspire. A journey that will be over in the blink of an eye, regardless of the time. A journey of thrills and hopefully no spills. A journey that will be shared with loved ones and strangers alike. A journey that will be tracked. A journey that will be celebrated. A journey that may redefine who you are. A journey that will be remembered for the rest of your life.
And at journey’s end, you will be an OUTLAW.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend. The Outlaw is an amazing race, savour it, enjoy it and most of all finish it. I’d especially like to wish all the first timers the best of luck, too many to mention individually but you know who you are. You’ll never get another crack at a first Ironman race, have a great journey.
For those with nothing better to do this Sunday, I’m number 522 and you can track me here on the day. I’m hoping to better my 2010 time of 14.17.
Hopefully my own personal Journeys End will be a good one this Sunday evening.