In 2012 I took this picture at the Finish Line of the Inaugural IRONMAN Mont Tremblant while supporting my brother in his second IRONMAN race.
I remember how then I, very quietly, told myself: ”I want to enter this Gate as a Race Finisher.” I had completed a couple of marathons at the time, but could not properly swim free style, not to mention, even imagine swimming in open water.
But here I am, in 2017, planning my race start on August 20, 2017 in the beautiful village of Mont Tremblant, one of the best venue for the IRONMAN event:
3.9 km swim, 180 km bike and 42.2 km run.
This will be my second IRONMAN race.
I officially became an IRONMAN on August 30, 2015, finishing the IM Muskoka race in Huntsville in 13h:36m:17s.
My 2017 training season did not go smooth, and even in May, I was still trying to organize my regular training routine of 6-days-a-week sessions, sometimes two sessions a day.
But now the final training stretch is 100% complete, having logged almost 20 hours of training in the last week of July.
Yes, the training for IRONMAN required time commitment, discipline and determination, but I couldn’t have done it without support.
I would like to thank all of you, my students, for such tremendous support and interest in my endurance sport training and racing.
Now I am tapering – that means I train less, the sessions are shorter, and I have more time to rest and recover from all the hard training I put into my muscular and skeletal body ☺
Now it’s time to work on the mental preparation by visualizing the Big Day and thinking of all the small things I need to prepare.
The most important thing I need to remember on Race Day is to SMILE!
The smiling will not mean, that I will not work hard, I will.
It will not mean, that I won’t have some seriously uncomfortable moments, I will.
It will not even mean, that the race won’t hurt, it will. It is normal to feel uncomfortable during a race that lasts all day long.
For me, endurance sport is rewarding, because I can find those edges and learn just a little bit more about myself in those moments.
I can give in to the pain, or I can choose to enjoy all of the moments and sensations for the teachers and lessons that they are.
Either way, I hope to go through that Finish Line with joy and a sense of accomplishment.
I am inviting each of you to support me during the Race Day on August 20, 2017.
You can follow my progress online at www.ironman.com choosing the Live Coverage and Athlete Tracker.
My BIB is #855. You can follow me by BIB or by NAME & watch me FINISH the race in REAL TIME!
I hope to complete the distance somewhere between 13 & 14 hours, which will be between 8PM- 9PM local time.
The Athlete Tracker will estimate the finish time when I start the Run Leg of the Race.
Thank you once again for the support!
Knowing, that every time I pass the Timing Mat and my Timing Chip beeps, sending info to the Athletes Tracking, and by that, dozens of my supporters will know, I am moving towards the Finish Line, means a lot to me!
I am looking forward to accomplish my IRONMAN Race at Mont Temblant with you!