Nothing left to do but race

Ironman 70.3 is only a few days away and there is no more training left to do. My body can’t possibly get any more prepared for this years “A” race than it is right now. All I have left to do is figure out the logistics of race day, mentally prep, and get lots of rest. That last one will be tough with the way work has been lately.

I am a little disappointed in my training stats, but that is mostly due to the lack of focus over the past few months with my new work routine and less available training time. Here’s what my training over the last 9 months looks like.

  • 79 Swim sessions totaling 47.5 hours of free-styling for 103 kilometers = 2:46/100m average.
  • 44 Bike sessions totaling 61 hours and traveling 1644 kilometers = 26.95kph average.
  • 56 Run sessions totaling 45 hours and covering 508 kilometers = 11.28kph  or 5:19/km average.

My current times are much better, as the above averages are based on the entire 9 months of training. My most recent training session had times that look more like this:

  • Swim at 1:53/100m
  • Bike at 32 KPH
  • Run at 4:33/km

My optimal scenario would be a finish the Ironman 70.3 in less than 5 hours, which the above averages suggest I am capable of. However; I am more realistic than that. I know that I will not be running at a 4:33 pace after all that swimming and biking. Therefore, my target time is to best 5:30…..and to finish just under 6 hours would be even more realistic. This is my first big race of this style and distance, so I have no idea what kind of metal torture awaits me. This will be like running two Duathlons back to back. This is a race that I have tried my best to prepare for, and I am a little scared that I have not trained nearly hard or long enough. The butterflies are already in my stomach.

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