Ironwoman Wednesday is a weekly linkup on a variety of triathlon-related topics (that will be announced the week before). It is similar to Tri Talk Tuesday that a few other bloggers started, but the more people talking about triathlon the better!
Gabi at Lean Green Island Girl, Michelle at Ironwoman Strong
and I are all training for Ironman Louisville. It is really exciting
(and encouraging) to be sharing this journey with these two amazing
The race is now only 4 days away!!
If this was my second, or probably more likely my third, Ironman I would have a better idea of how to plan out my race. As I look back on my first marathon, and having a "time" goal, I think of how that may have messed with our heads a bit (yes, Mike's DNF really messed with me, but I went out way too fast thinking about a time).
As such, I am not going to pinpoint exactly what time I think I am going to cross the mats for the swim, bike and run. Instead, I am going to focus on how I am going to feel during the race. I do have some idea of what I am capable of, but it is our first Ironman, in a city we have never been in and with weather that we haven't seen in Rochester for awhile (or at all) this summer.
Therefore, my race plan is this:
Transitions - take my time, but not too much time, and make sure that I
have everything that I need with me for the bike and the run. It is
going to be a long and hot day out there! Also, breathe and thank the
volunteers for doing whatever I need to get through race day.
Swim - jump into the Ohio River at some point after 7am (remember it is a time trial start and we jump in one at a time about 5 seconds apart, we won't be first in line). Swim strong to the turn around point (about .7 miles in) and then bank on swimming with the current back to the transition area.
Bike - don't start out too fast (aka don't be a hammerhead), the first few miles are flat, and then use all that hill training we have done to get me through the out and back portion (take it easier on the downhill here as it is a bit dangerous!) Live it up while going through La Grange (lots of crowd support here!) Make sure I get to mile 60 by 2:45pm (the first bike cut-off). Stay hydrated with water and sports drink, refilling when necessary, eat my nutrition and take my special needs bag if necessary. Get through the bike course by 6:20pm (the second and final bike cut-off).
Run - don't start out too fast! Think about the two strong 20 mile runs that I put in during training. Stay hydrated and take in my nutrition, use my special needs bag if necessary. Make it to the second lap of the course by 9:45pm (the first run cut-off). As I approach 4th Street Live, before midnight, take it all in!
I also plan on doing this: breathe, take it easy when necessary, push when possible, smile, stay strong, wave at our supporters, talk to other athletes, high-five other athletes (hopefully Mike on some out and backs), be mentally strong and just keep moving forward.
I did make it known that my time "goal" is to finish under 15 hours (mostly so I can qualify to register for another race), but really my goal is to finish. More specifically, my goal is to finish happy.
Race day tracking isn't ready yet, but if you go here, and click on Ironman Louisville when it is ready in a few days you should be able to get to athlete tracking. My bib number is 417 and Mike's is 962.
Thank you to those who have trained with us, supported us and who have been there for us. Thank you to our parents and Rob for coming to the race to cheer us on!
And a really big thank you to Mike, for always being there for me no matter what and for pursuing this crazy dream with me. It is OUR turn!