Tears

In a perfect world, I'd be writing a race report that told you about how magnificent I executed my race plan.  But this is not a perfect world. I survived. And then to add insult to injury, my garmin seems to have corrupted so can't even give you the gory details of the race. But it's not all doom and gloom since I PB'd on an incredibly difficult course. If you're interested in the event splits, you can see them below (2014 first, then 2011): NameCountryDiv RankGender RankOverall RankSwimBikeRunFinishPoints Holt, JonCAN12159574001:20:3606:47:1004:55:0613:13:122257Originally ... more ...

Realization

When you have a BHAG (Big Hairy ... Audicious ... Goal), it tends to be fairly all consuming.  You think about it and you work towards it for a very long time.  As I'm sure you know, I'll be doing Ironman Canada Whistler on Sunday and for the better part of three years, this has been my BHAG. As the nerves roil around deep in my cockles (wherever that is), I feel the anticipation of the race.  But another part fears the unknown, the realization of my BHAG, Monday morning when that Big Hairy friend is gone. I'm often ... more ...

Better today...

So, I'm a week before race day.  I out doing one last short mini-tri to grease the wheels before we pack up and hit the road.  And then this happens: There are other ones, but they're a lot more awkward to get a picture of.  Normally when I ride, I'm in the moment.  I spend the ride thinking about the route, the power output, the weather, how I'm feeling and when to eat.  Today, I was thinking about Whistler, the race, travelling to the race.  What we're doing after the race.  Even, big questions like if I want ... more ...

A Race Plan

As part of preparing for Ironman, I use a lot of resources to help coach myself through the arduous journey.  One of those is the copious amount of material put out there by Joe Friel.  One of the tasks he sets out for athletes as they approach their big race is to develop a race plan.  This is an overall plan of what you want to accomplish and how you want to get there. This is mine. Race goal The goal of this race for me has always been a sub-12 hour race.  In all reality this ... more ...

'Twas the night after...

Just for those really into the details, I thought I would post a quick summary of my self-made 70.3. As a summary it was a bit slow overall but a solid effort in the swim and the bike. The run felt extremely hot and I ignored my pace and set off way too fast...the result was obvious. While I planned to start right at 7am, we got started a little late in the morning. The day was certainly ideal in terms of weather conditions: clear blue skies and only a little wind.  I set off straight out ... more ...