An Ironman can be a very daunting race. Even though you still normally get nervous before other races, be it sprint, Olympic, or half Ironman distance races, you don’t tend to have the fear of the distance of the full Ironman which adds to your anxiety.
I clearly remember the final weeks and days leading up to my very first Ironman race, Ironman NZ, getting more and more worried about whether I would be able to make the distance. More than 15 Ironman races later I still question this every time. How on earth am I going to be able to run a marathon after riding hard for 180km, after swimming 3.8km? In training, I do a 5 hour ride and struggle through a 1 hour run off the bike, how am I supposed to try to run a 3 hour marathon after a 180km TT on race day?
Trust me, you can do it. It is amazing what your body can do if your mind is willing! Here are some tips which I hope will help:
Relax and enjoy the final few weeks of training. Stay healthy and arrive on race day both mentally and physically fresh and ready to give it 100% . Ironman is a truly great experience but it is most satisfying when you can reflect on the race knowing that you couldn’t have done anything better in the last couple of weeks and on race day itself. Good luck, go hard!
4 weeks post-IMNZ and 4 weeks prior to IMOZ I went from going very good to going very bad. In all honesty, I did not nail a single session for 3 weeks, but I always believed come race day I would be ok as long as I listened to my body...Ironman Australia Race Report by Mark Bowstead