So here it is, a preview of my how I got here and the weekend ahead! This will also double as my monthly review for February as I will be travelling so its harder to blog! During the run into every ironman race I like to take a moment and reflect on my training volume and the journey in general. So lets get into some numbers, here is a summary of my last six months of training:
So in summary, my swim and bike volume are up from my previous Ironman plan and my run volume continues its downward spiral, dropping again in the preparation for this ironman. As you can see I have exceeded my swimming volume by over 40km and smashed my bike volume by over 800km, which I am very confident more than counteracts the small 20km drop in running volume. I have made no secret of my battle with lower leg injuries, in particular my left Achilles, which continues to be uncomfortable, but manageable at the moment.
During February I raced the famous Hell of the West triathlon at Goondiwindi and it kick started a very solid month for me!
During February I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- January Distance Challenge – complete 121km finishing 38,779 of 136,159 participants
- January 10k Race – Completed 4 times, my best average pace was 4:39min/km, finishing 15,327 of 136,112 participants
- January Half Marathon Race – Complete once this month with an average of 5:49min/km, finishing 25,224 of 84,596 participants.
- January Climbing Challenge – 286m/2,000m, finishing 52,877 of 74,261 participants
- January Gran Fondo – 130km was my longest ride finishing 21,190 of 131,343 participants
- January Distance Challenge – complete 724km finishing 26,590 of 154,555 participants.
- January Climbing Challenge – 3,594m/7,500m finishing 61,723 of 116,891 participants.
I also squeezed in another triathlon race in before flying out to New Zealand, it was my last hit out, a small confidence builder if you like! I did Round 7 (the last race) of the Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series, where I got to race with my daughter and a lot of really close friends. This venue is right on my door step and it would be a real shame not to support it and race!
So now onto my next big challenge, Ironman NZ! I’ve been training for this for six months, really planning for this for nearly 10 months! It’s been a interesting journey, one that I got to share with an awesome mate and training partner Ian. If you follow my Facebook or instagram accounts, you’ll know the face and appreciate the bromance has grown strong over this journey!
I have complete a througher review of the course and even gained some inside information from Ben Hyde (aka Aussie Age Grouper), who qualified for the 70.3 world championships on this course back in December and a few other friends that regularly race Taupo over the past 15 years. Expect anything and pack my transition bags with everything!
The athlete information guide (AIG) is a wealth of information and a source of reassurance for myself, in Port Macquarie last year I racked my blue & red bag and forgot some basic items, luckily I was able to rectify this situation before race day. This weekend I will be using the AIG suggestions as a mini checklist:
Ironman transitions are so hard to plan for, you can really get bogged down in what to pack. In my last ironman I think I took it all a little to relaxed. Methodical, deliberate but keeping it as simple as possible.
This is my first international race and packing has been stressful, but again I applied my methodical deliberate approach and now I can only hope that I have everything I need to complete my next ironman. My post race review blog will provide a little more insight into the transition process, it’s very different, like no other race! Ironman is an athlete experience like no other, it is one I never take for granted.
We have also taken the opportunity to combine this as our annual family holiday, so I will have my own 4 person cheer squad come race day! We have entered all three kids in a fun run on the Friday, which they have all agreed to run together! Let’s hope they keep smiling. We’ll be on the side lines cheering them on! So the first week of our holiday is all about racing and the ironman experience. We then switch to the South Island for a week around Wanaka & Queenstown!
For all those interested here are the details on how to follow along (live track) my progress on Saturday morning at ironman.com. Stay connected with the race community throughout race week and race day on your social channels via #IMNZ. In addition, @IRONMANLive will cover the IRONMAN pro race as the action unfolds on Saturday.
Terrance (aka Ted) Britt, athlete number 670 (age 40-44 category)
Ian Donald, athleter number 850 (age 45-49 category)
Feel free to review the athlete participant list to find any other athletes you may like to follow!
My post race review blog may be a couple of days later than normal this time around as we are staying in New Zealand until the 14th of march! Stay tuned I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated via social media!
Finally I need to acknowledge my family, who have been amazingly patient during this build up to ironman New Zealand! I have been grumpy with injury and probably just a little tired from training at times! Mel you are my rock & my biggest supporter, I cannot imagine my life without you, thank you! Ella, Miah & Kyden are the most inspirational kids in the world, you are my reason for doing this & I can’t wait for the day we can all do this together! Carol and Graham as always have been amazing with their support, always offering their help and keeping on top of the yard for me!
If you’re not active at the moment & need some inspiration, follow me on Strava, Instagram and like my facebook page and let’s get back out there swim, bike or running. Make sure you subscribe so you never miss a blog post from me! The biggest regret we can have in life is to not TRI!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!