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Begin with the end in mind

WeeManby WeeManAug 17th 2012
The end of the season might seem like an odd time to start a blog but this year for me the end is the beginning...

Last year I did my fourth Ironman distance race in five years with a sub 10 hour target. In short I missed it by 19 minutes and was pretty devastated at first. I decided not to go so long in 2012 and instead set myself the goal of qualifying for the 2013 Ironman 70.3 world championships in Las Vegas through the 70.3 race in Ireland. That race - my 'A' race for this year is just over two weeks away. I've done my last long run and am now starting to think about it as we'll be travelling over a full week before to get some down time before it all kicks off.

I've raced more this season than I have done for some time in an effort to get more race sharpness. And surprisingly (for me at least) I've been quite successful - placing 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and 1st in my age group. A repeat in Galway would be good enough to get me to Vegas. The last two races have been Olympic distance in an aim to gain any last ounces of speed I can extract. I was much more competitive in these races than I thought I would be. They have left me wondering which distance to focus on next season regardless of whether I get to Vegas. One for the off season I think...

In the meantime thanks to BAD tri and Tri Blogs for the 12 months subscription that I received as a result of my 2nd place in the Bristol Harbourside triathlon last month. I thought it would be rude not to make the most of it hence this blog. Thanks for reading.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Aug 18th 2012 10:46
At the end is not a bad idea as you can reflect on what sounds to have been a great season! I do admire you for sucking up your disappointment at the long course as I know how much effort this length of race takes and the frustration of it not going to plan. Having the choice of both the 70.3 and standard distance coming into next season sounds like a great place to be, I'd go with whichever I enjoyed the most personally! Good luck with your bid for Vegas (that will be so awesome)and let us know how you get on!
WeeManby blog author: WeeMan, Aug 19th 2012 23:15
Thanks Sarah - I plan to keep the blog active!
 
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