Robs Blog: Road to Kona 6 Weeks To Go

The week in numbers:
Swim 3 sessions 3h40 11,000m
Bike 3 sessions 10h50
Run 4 sessions 4h40
Gym/S&C 2 sessions 1h30
Work 6 days 53 hours

This week was aimed at building to full training volume and intensity. That will happen over the next few weeks with 25+ hours each week. Work has been very busy and as a result the hardest thing to balance has been recovery and still having a life outside of both training and work.
This is my second time qualifying for the Ironman world championships in Hawaii.
Kona is the most incredible race I’ve ever been to and most of the incredible isn’t what happens after the cannon fires (yes they actually start the race by firing a cannon over your head!!) it’s what happens in the week leading up to it. It’s walking down to the pier for the 8am swim each morning in the week leading up to race day to find up to 1000 tanned six packs on display, it’s like stumbling onto the photo shoot for the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated except these people are all as fit as they look. Guys in speedos are everywhere but they actually look like they should be wearing them. You drop your kit bag and start to get ready for the swim and looking around notice that Chrissie Wellington is getting undressed beside you!! And there’s Mark Allen and Dave Scott, and Macca!!! I kid you not everywhere you look there are the superstars and legends of our sport and they will stop what they are doing to pose for a picture or answer a question. Next you get into the water and its warm, no wetsuit required. And as soon as you put your face in the water you see the fish. Every colour in the rainbow just inches from you swimming and darting around. You don’t really get over the fascination with the fish but when you finally start to swim you don’t really want to stop. Not that is until you reach the Coffees Of Hawaii boat where you reach up and hang onto the side while treading water and the guys pass you down a coffee and a free swim hat from Blue Seventy. When your done you swim lazily back to the beach and get dried and dressed all the time star spotting. Caroline Stefan, Craig Alexander, Miranda Carfrae, Andy Potts and more. Some like Craig and Miranda attract a lot of attention while some go almost unnoticed. We usually head for breakfast in a cafe looking over the beach and spend the morning people watching. There goes Faris Al Sultan for a run in his speedos. Every time we see him he’s in his speedos! $10,000 bikes are everywhere, six packs and pecs, calf guards, run visors, Mdot tattoos and race t shirts, transition bags, Garmins, shaved legs and funny tan lines. This has to be the fittest place on earth during race week but by Monday we will all be hobbling around and will struggle to get out of a chair. And that’s all before 10am most days. Wait till I tell you about the expo, and the opening ceremony and the prize giving. I almost forgot about the underpants run!! It’s not that bad running along with thousands of other crazy peeps in boxers, g strings and bras what’s the really uncomfortable part is parking the car half a mile away and having to walk to the start in shamrock boxers and a leprechaun hat. We got some funny looks….

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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