The good thing about the days after entering an Ironman is the feeling of time. Plenty of time to make plans, start training, lose weight. To fantasise about how much you are going to do and, of course how well it will go. I know I’m not the only one to do this and to be fair, I think it’s an important part of the whole experience. Hopes and dreams iImmutably tied up with the reality of doing something that requires total commitment.
I’ve learned though, that in order to achieve something properly, it’s better to turn those dreams into reality sooner rather than later. Especially as in my case when there is a lot to do.
I’ve been watching Grant perform a masterclass in strong mental attitude and commitment over the last few months. Even when he’s returned home exhausted and not in the mood to train he’s got on with it in good humour. Although his bike mileage had not been massive, at the recent Outlaw he stepped up to the cycle and nailed the bike leg over an hour quicker than his previous time. A result of consistency. And with Hamburg less than a week away, I can see he is ready.
Inspired by his lead, I’ve made steps to sort my own health out. A prolonged hip injury that I’d written off as a bout of fibromyalgia following a prolonged period of stress, turned out to be a sprained sacro-iliac joint, that I repeatedly sprained while trying to power through. So no running or weights but I’ve been given the green light to ride and swim. So that with lots of ice and massage and in a couple of months I should be good as new. It’s the prefect excuse to go gently with the pre-base training, focussing on installing a routine and losing weight, for the next eight to ten weeks before starting training properly.
It feels great to finally have an answer to the pain and a plan and I’m excited to get started on it.