Day 32 41 minute 8.5k run
Total on week 240 minutes, target 600 minutes by end of week
As many of my friends and acquaintenances are aware I am leaving no stone unturned in my personal Kona Quest. Weight, Nutrition, Endurance, Core, Power, Intervals. Today I took the time to explore the principle of confidence with a work colleague. His background, while not a sports psychologist, brought up the concept of confidence. I was discussing with him how and what I needed to do to race successfully at St. George. It is more than talking about the qualification to Kona in the affirmative fait accompli framework but how I would stay focused racing hard in such a long race.
Don't get me wrong, I have completed 4 ironmans (Canada 89, California 01, Florida 07 and Florida 09) along with the reduced Ironman Utah of 02. I can do this distance but this time it's different. I plan to race this distance at a pace of a Kona Age Group qualifier.
Anyways, the idea that my work colleague brought up is that I needed to train in a way that would prepare me with the confidence to bike and run the way I need to. We discussed how you could train in harder conditions than you would race. Now, its just not prudent to train an Ironman everyday but I had one of those epiphany moments With a light bulb or my head.
My very best marathon was when I trained on teh treadmill every long run mimicing the final miles of the race. This was significant because at mile 21ish there was a particularly nasty 1 and 3/4 mile hill of 5% grade. In training I had run that hill modelled on the treadmill at least a dozen times. When the race came I knew what it was, where it was and how I was going to run it - viola - confidence. Thanks to my buddy Bernie I have the bike course for St. George on teh computrainer. I am going to make sure I know "the wall" a nasty hill on the Ironman bike intimately. I also will get the data on teh run course and practice the actual course for my running long runs.
And that, is one way, I will be building confidence.