Robs Blog: Ironman Kona-10 days to go

I showed up for Tuesday’s run session early, it was to be my last hard run but from the start I knew something wasn’t right. I was supposed to do 6x 1 mile repeats but I was knackered straight away. Normally I’m on number 3, 4 or 5 before I start to feel them and usually only feel tired towards the end of a session about 10-11 miles in. This time I didn’t think I could do 2 miles never mind 6 and I’m racing the Ironman world championships in 11 days….
I backed right off and just ran easy for the rest of the hour and tried to figure what was up. It wasn’t too hard to work it out. I’d been training hard but I’d been doing that all year. I was eating better than I’d ever done so it shouldn’t be food. The only difference was that I’d been working on a number of new projects in work and working hours had been high and fairly stressful. I’d been stretching myself over too many areas and had been ignoring the fact that stress is the same on the body whether it’s training stress, work, life or anything else. It takes a toll in the body. While I was in the best shape probably of my life I still needed to recover and training twice a day at either end of a 14 hour work day didn’t leave much time for it. Normally I’d have an even heavier work load the week before a trip trying to get everything sorted before I go but I decided to cut it right back. I cancelled every meeting that could wait and took the rest of the day off. With hindsight the warning signs had been there but I hadn’t paid enough attention. A cut on my leg that was taking way too long to heal. Legs that were sore beyond what would be normal after hard runs and took ages to settle down. Probably most telling was my mood for the last couple of weeks, I was very stressed and tense all the time particularly in work. I revised my training plan and also took the rest of the week much easier in work. I’m very lucky that I have a great team in the store looking after things for me and even at very short notice they took up the slack, they also put up with me being fairly cranky for the last couple of weeks. It’s easy to forget that our support system that allows us do what we do, training and racing wise very often stretches beyond our wives, husbands, partners or families. In my case the gang in the shop not only support me in doing what I do what I do but put up with the cranky side leading up to a big race with a lot of patience and go out of their way to help me prepare kit, bike and all that goes with getting ready for an Ironman.
By the time I got to the weekend I was starting to feel better and Saturday was to be my last longish bike ride before Kona. We got an invite from Lawrence Roche to come along to the first Nicolas Roche Sportive ride and jumped at the chance. The weather was perfect and the ride was excellent. The legs even felt good towards the end.
Sunday was an easy run in the morning before the first flight on our way to kona. The body is feeling much better and I’m feeling more confident now than I was 5 days ago. I’ll update again during the week with how my race week prep is going.
Rob

If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.

 

Chasing Kona book available

From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.

If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.

 

Chasing Kona book available

From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.

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