I’ve had plenty of time to think about Ironman Lanzarote and I have settled on a new strategy. I’m not admitting defeat. Far from it. At the same time, one has to be realistic.
Having looked at the results in Lanzarote and studied previous Ironman Wales and Ironman UK times for my age group (50-54 if you haven’t been following) I’d have to finish around 10:30 – 10:45 to get a podium slot and base don my Lanzarote performance, quite simply. I was way off. Like 2 hours off.
At the moment I ‘m not sure I’m physically capable of that of going 2 hours faster
To qualify for Kona at Tenby would probably mean a performance something like…
Swim 1:00, Bike 5:45, Run 3:45 (times include transitions)
Currently I think I’m capable of the following…
Swim 0:55, Bike 6:15, Run 4:10
This would give me a finish time of 11:20 and that would be a big improvement on Lanzarote and to be honest right now I’d be happy with that as it would take me to within an hour. To find those extra 50 minutes requires more time and all the while those other guys are trying to find the time as well.
So, what can I do for this one?
Since Lanzarote I’ve done a lot of cycling and my running has improved despite not completing a big volume, so I am more confident. The trip from Lands End to John O’Groats has given my bike fitness a massive boost. Swimming is always there or thereabouts. I’ve completed two 5k swims since May (1:15 and 1:17) in relative comfort so expecting a 55-56 minute swim in wales is not unrealistic.
I’ve lost a bit more weight and hope to hit the start line at 74kg which would be 2kg lighter than Lanzarote.
So here’s the strategy I’m working on for Wales
I don’t expect to qualify for Hawaii in this race. realistically I think I need at least another 12, maybe 24 months to achieve that goal. I have analysed my training and compared it to those guys who i have coached and who qualified for Kona. Training is very much an individual process, but there are a lot of similarities between them which I’ll explain in another blog. For now I’m focussing on this race, a solid performance, and how close I can get to the Kona slots.
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