Wow! – so where did that last 6months go…?
….the training is done, the taper is done, and I am only…
2 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes and 59 seconds
…away from starting my next Half Ironman distance event at Outlaw Half in Nottingham.
I have tomorrow (Friday) off work as my folks are coming down south to travel to Nottingham on Saturday with us, where we will meet my brother – this will be my awesome support crew! – I am expecting a lot from them!
We have hired a little airbnb house just local to the venue so I am hoping that we can get checked in and settled relatively quickly on Saturday so that we can have a nice evening together as a family and catch up, before the mayhem of the Sunday morning kicks in!
I race in the first wave at 06:30am & my race number is #257.
257 is a cool race number – as an aside, when we used to live in Leytonstone, I used to get on the #257 bus to Walthamstow every day, so it actually has relatively sentimental value to me, and it’s easy to remember when i go to registration!
Between now and then, I have a few things to do but I am all but ready for Sunday.
I am not sure if it is a good thing or not, but I feel less anxious about the Half Ironman distance this time around – for one, I’ve done one before, and in theory i know sort of what to expect; but i am also really looking forward to it. Yes i do feel some trepidation, but no nerves would be wrong!
To summarise; I currently feel:
Nervous but Ready.
I feel in good physical condition this time round, and I think the last week where I have slowed down during my taper has worked wonders again.
I feel mentally prepared.
I have thought about each of the disciplines A LOT.
I feel confident in my training, and my body – which at this stage will go a long way to getting me over the line.
Over the last few months I have given my body a bit of a hammering, and I am really pleased to have come this far in the main injury-free.
2016 has been a hard slog, full of a lot of ups and downs, and highs and lows – that aside, but I know have trained hard & I am hoping that with a little bit of personal perseverance, perspiration, self-belief and effort on the day I know I can do this.
Come on Outlaw Half – lets do this.
Good luck and see you out there.
I’ll be the dude in the white swimming hat with the biggest grin on the morning.
Go hard – Go safe – Have fun – Smile & Enjoy.