This time one year ago, I signed up for Ironman Switzerland. At that point, it seemed like a lifetime away. I’ve now got just 3 days until the big day.
I fly out to Zurich today (Thursday), and will spend the days before the race having a look at some parts of the course, getting myself registered and attending the official race briefing. The actual race itself is on Sunday, starting at around 6am UK time. If I’m having an ok day, I’ll hopefully be finished around 11 hours after this point.
A few people have asked if they’ll be able to track how I’m getting on during the day. Ironman provide a pretty comprehensive tracking system on their website – www.ironman.com
If you click on the live coverage link on race day, you’ll be able to search me by name, but for reference my race number is 703. If you’ve got nothing better to do with your Sunday, there is even a live feed of the finish line so you’ll be able to see me run/collapse over it, unless things have already gone tits up by then.
I feel like I’ve put in a decent amount of training. Since the Barcelona marathon at the end of March, I’ve ran 623 miles, swam 144,000 metres, biked 2,200 miles and trained for a total of 263 hours over 16 weeks – roughly 16 hours a week. How that sets me up to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a marathon, only time will tell.
I can’t say my training has really been that structured. I’ve followed a specific swimming plan, as I knew that was the discipline that needed the most work. Apart from that I’ve just ran when I felt like it and biked when I felt like it.
The overriding emotion as I think about Sunday is excitement – it’s like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into a single day. I can’t wait to get out there and see what I’m made of. I know there’ll be some dark moments during the day, but I’m just going to deal with one mile at a time and just focus on doing all I can to get to the finish line as quickly as possible.
I’m lucky to have my family and Katie coming out to offer some much needed support. I know others will be following at home as well, so when times get tough I’ll be thinking of them and trying to block out the pain I’m sure to be in later on in the run.
See you on the other side!