And of course, the times when we didn't feel prepared and it showed.
In our case, we had two half Ironmans (HITS Ocala in March and St. Croix 70.3 in May) which included some good "short distance" stress on our body before we started our IM build.
On June 29th, 2014, we both raced the best that we could considering all circumstances that had affected us over the past few months.
Because every athlete is going to feel and not feel prepared at certain times in a racing season, it is always important that you follow a few of the following suggestions to ensure a positive racing experience:
-Race only with your current level of fitness - minimize the risks that you take on race day so that you can finish the race with minimal setbacks.
-Don't confuse your concerns/worries about not feeling prepared with hating the racing experience. I promise that even if you don't feel prepared, you are going to figure out a way to get to the finish and enjoy crossing that finish line.
The Ironman does not just hand out that medal to anyone, you have to earn it!
The Ironman requires experience, good mental strength (you will realize this when you get to the marathon if you are currently training for your first IM) and the ability to overcome obstacles all day long.
But above all, the Ironman day is to be shared with many people and not just yourself. It requires a lot of people, friends and support to help you start and finish the race.
Thank you Gloria for always having the right thing to say at the right time. It's the thoughtful, yet appropriate emails that I get before a race that really make a positive difference in how I approach my race day experience.
Thanks everyone for your support, we channeled all the positive energy from our amazing friends, family and Trimarni fans!
We would also like to thank my dad, who is not with us, but loved the Ironman day when I raced and we both proudly wore his favorite hats and felt his presence all day (especially when we both needed his strength on the run!).
Karel: (2nd Ironman)
1:07:10 - 2.4 mile swim (PR)
4:56:23 - 112 mile bike (PR)
3:11:17 - 26.2 mile run (PR,wowzer- 9th fastest AG!!!)
22nd AG/439 starters, 124th overall
41 minute PR!! So proud of you Karel !!! I just LOVE sharing the excitement and pains of racing an Ironman with you! So sorry that you are way too fast and have to wait for me for almost an hour
Marni (8th Ironman- thank you body!)
Swim 2.4 mile - 1:00:13 (PR....err, still so close to breaking that hour mark!)
Bike 112 miles - 5:29:07 (PR)
Run: 3:39:09 (BIG PR... Yay!)
7th AG/57 starters, 31st female, 18th amateur female
21 minute PR!!
Also a big thank you to INFINIT nutrition for keeping my tummy happy and my body fueled during my training To Trek Bicycles for making safe, speed machines for me to drive with my body. To 110% Play Harder for helping me play hard and recover harder. To Brooks Running for keeping my feet and hips happy and to Oakley Women for knowing how to help a woman in motion look stylish and sporty with quality gear!!!! And to Gloria for helping me stay mentally strong in life and in sport.