Steve’s Ironman Update

1 02 2010

You’re in trouble when we get to the bicycles”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ironman takes over your life and the lives of those around you.  

It’s been a really different build-up this time round and I really don’t remember it becoming so all consuming last time. A couple of people have asked if I would contemplate anot(not that I can say I’ve done 2 as yet) and the answer is no.  (We’ll see Steve – I reckon you’re just getting warmed up)

I met some people recently that would qualify as being ‘right into Ironman’, and to be honest they left me a bit cold. One couldn’t talk about anything unless it was to do with training.  The usual questions like, where do you live? what do you do? were met with one word answers and glazed looks, whereas a query about what supplement you use in your drink got a half hour answer complete with personal analysis and detail of recent experimentation to produce the optimum brew.

The other person had embraced the whole Ironman lifestyle to the max and life was like a race. She was an expert at the toilet stop whilst riding without actually stopping. Okay, I concede she is at a level of Ironman I will never get to having won age group races and done well at Kona,  but when you have to drop your kaks and ‘go’ on the grass verge, on a training ride, with a public toilet about 5m away, I reckon you have become a bit too obsessed with saving seconds.

Wondering what all this reflective stuff is about? Well, I haven’t done much training in the past week after the heavy sessions in Taupo so I don’t have anything to talk about! Actually life has been a bit like a normal person’s existence with a half hour ride (including a cafe), a 60 km ride with Phil B, where heart rates got to levels more like those of walking pace and a leisurely 10 km run. It all changes Tuesday when the schedule kicks in again in all its glory. The easy days now have rides that once upon a time I could only have contemplated after a summers worth of training.  

We are planning to have Twitter updates on the day on this site, so you can keep track of what is happening with Marlborough athletes at Ironman NZ.

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