Hello all, once again I am embarking on the Ironman journey. In 2011 I am planning on two goal races as part of my effort to push myself to my limits and hopefully even a little beyond - of course the alternative is always a possibility - give in to the hurt!!
As I did in 2009, I am going to blog about my experience in preparing for ironman (swim 3.8km, bike 180 km and run 42.2km) but this time there will likely be fewer blog entries as I try to hit only the high and low points. While I know that we are predominantly a cycling club, I would encourage anyone who has an interest to make comments on my blog, I am always game to hear positive encouragement and even open to hearing constructive criticism as I build toward Ironman France in Nice on June 26, 2011. It seems that we have a few members of the BCC who are making ironman a part of their lives in 2011. Hopefully they will also share their experience.
I did say two goal races and the first is coming up on February 13, 2011 in New Orleans. Many of you know that I have tried once before to qualify for Boston and for guys of a certain AGE that time is 3:30:59. Unfortunately I ran 3:33:10 and missed qualifying. I am back this year to give it another go, this time in the Big Easy during the festive season they call Mardi Gras. Hopefully I will keep my focus during the week so that I am not inebriated when I go to the start line. My goal time is clearly sub 3:30:59 but truth be told, if I am below that time I will be quite happy. Having said that, I told my coach (deirdre casey) that I didn't want to be close to missing again so we needed to build in a buffer expectation. So....we are pacing my training for a 5-8 minute buffer or a 3:23 marathon time. Be Fast and Be Bold will be my mantra.
So, for those interested, keep an eye out for blogs from time to time on my trials and travails. The whole training experience ain't pretty, it hurts lots (ice baths are my friend) but the reward is completing one of the toughest races around.
So what am am i carrying into battle?
Cycling: My bikes are a Cervelo P2SL, yes i am still riding an aluminum tri bike - one of the best bikes going for the price as far as i am concerned. The bike I will likely ride in france is my giant carbon road bike with shorty tri bars installed. This is a tough, climbing and technical course that demands good bike control. This winter I bought a set of Zipp404's with a powertap sl+. With all of my training at Wattsup, I plan on managing my bike rides using power wattage output.
This year i have transitioned to forefoot running in a big way and with this change i went out and purchased a pair of Newton Gravity running shoes from RunningFree (only place to buy these shoes in Toronto and cheaper than in the US). While all shoes are made for forefoot running, I love these shoes, they give you a sense of accelerating the moment your foot hits the ground. They do take some time to get used to them, but the outcome for me has been excellent (not an outcome that is universal).
I have become a big believer in compression clothing. While some might question its efficacy, I think it works during the runs and for recovery. I wear calf sleeves for running (SLS3 compression product) and they certainly make my legs feel stronger during the run. I also have CWx compression tights that I wear post runs. Also helps recovery - or at least there appear to be psychological benefits!!!! My technology of choice is the garmin 310xt, i think it is the best product on the market for triathlon. Transitions seamlessly from swimming to biking to running. I have the cadence pod on the bike and the ANT+ capability means it picks up the powertap readouts. Nutrition is largely liquid focused with eload endurance with the FLY. I will do GU and hammer gels and for something a little more solid it is Clif bars. For transporting my bikes I have purchased a Biknd Helium bike case - I have never seen a better way of carting a bike around, this thing is magic (although expensive as it seems everything is in this sport).
I look forward to posting my experience in pushing toward France. I hope you find something of interest in my blogging and if you have any questions on the experience feel free to ask. For reference Ironman Austria in 2006 was 14:26:31 and Ironman Canada was 11:41:17. With the view of getting better as we get older, I am looking forward to breaking through 11 hours in France.