Ironman Port Macquarie Preview

A race is a celebration of the effort & training to get you there (paraphrased from Michelle Bremmer athlete dinner, 29/04/16).  Here I am having complete a 17 week program, with the first two weeks as a build phase still recovering from injury.  The remaining 15 weeks were broken up into base, endurance, recovery, race prep & taper!  Now here I am on the eve of my 2nd ironman and all I can do is ‘Trust the process’!  I have previously blogged about my struggles to convince myself that I am ready to do this all again, but numbers don’t lie & here is proof that I have done enough!

2016 Port Mac IM Training Totals

So in comparison to last year my running & swimming are down a touch, but I achieved the target mileage I set myself in January and I have exceeded last years total hours.  So really 11 months after my first ironman, I believe that I am ready for this challenge.  I’m ready to face what ever this ironman throws at me.

2016 Port Mac last month

I am trusting the nutrition that I have tried during training, a mix of chews, gels, bananas & bars on the bike.  The run is always a matter of what I can stomach, I’m prepared to get it done on coke alone if I have to.  Coincidently (well researched) I have been trailing & using the on course nutrition, winners & endura, so if there is something available I should be good to take without any problems.  My biggest fear in this race is needing to fart, running a marathon after that type of accident is not something I want to do!  I work on a simple theory of trying to take 400kj every 30 minutes.  That’s the equivalent of either 1 gel or half a bar, I generally add half a banana every hour on the bike!  I also keep my hydration very separate from my energy intake & ensure I’m keeping my sodium levels up in my hydration via shots electrolyte tablets!

I have revisited my Cairns blog and the tips & hint have been a huge help in settling my nerves.  The toe nails have been trimmed, my bike is racked, my transition bags hung, nutrition is packed and all that is left is to race!

Now my goals, I’m not one to normally set big goals and put them out in the open for all to see.  However since writing this blog and talking about my experiences I’ve found predicting my race results has been heaps of fun.  So here goes again:

Swim – 1 hour (starting at about 6:40am)

Bike – 5 hours 30 minutes (around 13:15pm)

Run – 4 hours & 15 minutes (around 17:35pm)

Transitions – 10 minutes

Total race time – 10 hours 55 minutes, racing the sunset!


For those interested in following my athlete number is 295 and a link to the live tracking & streaming will be active on Sunday.

Live streaming & athlete tracking (not live until Sunday morning)

For all the parkrun & plodders interested Ian Donald’s athlete number is 343.  Full athlete guide & list is available at the following link

Event Schedule (my Bible for the weekend)

I look forward to writing about my experiences & results next week, hopefully all successes!

Finally I want to take a quick moment to thank my amazing supportive wife & family, with out their understanding and patience I would not be here again.  Thank you to all my training partners, from parkrun, V1 Cyclery, Redline and everyone that trained with me over the past couple of years, your patience & support doesn’t go un-noticed and is appreciated!  Stay tuned for the next epic installment….

Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!

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