As many of you know, this year I took my triathlon passion to a whole new level – Ironman level!
I am planning to make an attempt at completing the Ironman distance: 3.8 km swim followed by 180 km bike, ending with a 42.2 km run.
The event will take place on August 30th in Huntsville, Ontario, with both the start and finish in Deerhurst Resort.
It will be the first ever IM held in Muskoka
Video from 70.3 IM Muskoka 2014 (half-ironman distance I finished in 2014 & 2015)
The Ironman event is one full, long, day.
It will begin at 7 am with a rolling-swim start, where over 2000 athletes will step into the water of Peninsula Lake, in intervals, based on their estimated swim time.
The 112-mile bike course circles Lake of Bays twice, passing through the small communities of Dwight, Dorset, and Baysville.
The 26.2 -mile run is two loops that go along hwy 60 to downtown Huntsville and back to Deerhurst Resort.
Everyone will have 17 hours, until midnight, to complete the distance. There are also cut-off times for the swim, bike, and part of the run.
This past week, as I began tapering, and my training hours are moderate, it all came to mental preparation.
I’m hoping to finish a little faster than the allotted 17 hours, closer to 14 to be precise, but I do know that there are many things I can not control.
All I need to do is be in a moment and move forward, one thing at a time.
I know that at some points of the race, I will need to dig deep inside my soul to get that motivation to move another step forward, and then another one.
I will use my Mantra for that day: “Move forward, even when others are slowing down”.
My training was solid; it made my body strong and able to reach that finish line.
Now what is left, is for me to execute and deliver results on race day! And I could use some luck too 🙂
I passionately invite you to join my friends, followers, runners and triathletes, who will be following me on race day through a live athlete tracker on www.ironman.com
(just enter my bib#207 ).
As a past spectator, I can honestly tell you it is thrilling to watch, but speaking as a participant, every time I’ll pass the timing mat, and hear my timing chip beep, I will know that the people I care about are watching me move forward, and cheering me on.
There will also be a live broadcast of the finish line on the www.ironman.com web-site until midnight.
Support is extremely important for an athlete throughout all stages of training, and most importantly, on race day.
I have received a tremendous amount of support from you, my students, and while this is a very personal journey, I am excited to share my experience and encourage others to stay positive and active, to be open minded when it comes to trying new things, and to learn more about our true-selves.
Anything is possible!