It has been just over three weeks since I fulfilled my goal of becoming an Ironman. I am still reveling in my finish but I can’t help but dissect some of the things that went wrong or I would do different. There really isn’t much I would do differently on race day except I could have attacked the run a bit more aggressively. I knew I would finish once I started the run so I took it super easy. I think I could have done it about 45 minutes faster but I was so afraid of my IT band blowing up that I walked the majority of it. Once I made it off the bike, finishing before midnight was my only goal.
When it comes to training I should have spent WAY more time on my bike. I didn’t put in near enough time or miles during my training and that was very evident on the course. The conditions were unbelievably tough that day, but I should have been better on the bike. Biking is my weakness and it showed in my training and performance on that day.
I would have happily spent more time running but I was just too injured to do it. I could have done more elliptical training to make up for it but gym time was very hard to work into my schedule. I also wish I would have done more structured swim workouts. My swimming has recently been much slower than it was about a year ago and that is due to a decrease in volume as well as not swimming with a team. The recent acquisition of a book of swim workouts for Triathletes will help with this. And the last thing I would do differently for training is add some weight training and MORE stretching.
I already have my next Ironman picked out and hopefully I will get in. I am hoping to do Ironman Canada in 2013. I am even taking a trip out there this summer to check out the course! But my first priority right now is to get healthy and get my running back to where I was last fall. Thanks to the advice of someone close I will be training for some shorter running races this summer. I am going to try my hand at 10Ks and maybe even improving my half marathon time. I want to be really healthy as I go into training for Boston in 2013. I would LOVE to PR in Boston and run sub 3:30!