“Establish your goals and work backwards, utilizing milestones to trace and have fun your progress. Progress doesn’t need to be turning into the perfect, however just by
turning into higher. Higher at this time, than you had been yesterday and higher tomorrow, than you’re at this time.”
That is an excerpt from my Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine Lay View and it’ll information me on my journey from Fatman to Ironman.
These phrases had been unique spoken by Frank Dick OBE. Because the President of the European Athletics Coaches Affiliation and one the world’s high sport coaches, he is aware of a factor or two about coaching nice athletes.
I’m not, nor by no means can be an excellent athlete, however my dream is to be an Ironman, even when it takes me the complete 16hrs and 10 minutes allowed, though I do hope to finish it a bit of quicker! With the Kona Ironman 2016 World Championships occurring as I kind, it appears nearly as good a time as any to put down my plan for 2018.
First up is deciding on an occasion. Ironman is a very world occasion, however as I’m fundraising for Most cancers Analysis, I wished to minimise prices, so I appeared for occasions within the UK.
Sadly, the choices are Bolton and Wales and whereas I’ve nothing towards both location, I’m from Glasgow and the prospect of competing within the rain isn’t interesting. I’ll come throughout as a good climate athlete, however my fellow Glaswegians (particularly Travis) and anybody in Manchester and Cardiff will admire my hatred for the rain.
I’m not anticipating an invite to Kona and whereas a return to Noosa, Queensland in October 2018 could be fantastic, I’ve to look nearer to house and each search factors to Mallorca in September 2018 as being my remaining vacation spot. The run is comparatively flat, the cycle has the most wonderful backdrop and the swim is each seawater (i.e floaty) and comparatively calm. That offers me two years to arrange. No, that doesn’t imply twenty months to procrastinate about my preparations after which 4 months of panicking concerning the lack of them, it means twenty-four months of self-discipline, willpower and dedication. The three “D’s” that assist make East African runners so profitable.
It isn’t their DNA, their weight loss plan or the altitude, it’s their perspective that makes them winners and I’ve to undertake it.
The countdown to Mallorca begins now and I can’t lose focus. The previous two weeks have seen my coaching stutter as I’ve been sitting an examination and caring for my mum. As I kind this, I recognise the necessity to resolve upon a plan and stick with it. So having recognized my dream, it’s time to work backwards. I reckon that my milestones must be a minimum of one Olympic Triathlon, a Dash and probably some Duathlons, Open Swimming and Biking occasions.
Nevertheless, If I’m sincere, I don’t really know what it takes to arrange for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run, particularly as I’m not the best swimmer or essentially the most assured of cyclists. I’ve completed some looking and the overall consensus is that two years must be sufficient, however I’m going to ask the consultants at Triathlon Scotland and Ironmen (and ladies) similar to Mark Russell and Anna Symms to assist put together a correct schedule. One that may put together me for the best problem of my life, however one which will even recognise that I’ve others roles and tasks that current their very own challenges. There can be no intense or particular coaching for me, only a constant method to being higher tomorrow, than I’m at this time. And no matter my coaching and occasion schedule, there are some important milestones that I
want and need to obtain:
- I need to lose a minimum of 5 stones of fats. I’m at present sitting at 250lbs and having been
180lbs in 2012, it’s a good weight for me and hopefully I received’t look too ridiculous in a tri-suit.
- I additionally need to construct extra muscle. Ironman is an endurance sport and I have to be each bodily and mentally sturdy.
- I must study to swim and swim effectively. At present, the two.4 mile swim is essentially the most daunting side of the Ironman for me and it’ll probably make me or break me.
- I must grasp the artwork of the transition and study the principles of triathlon. I received’t be attempting to beat the Brownlee Brothers, however I don’t need to entice any unneeded time penalties.
- I want to recollect to ebook a spot. Ironmen occasions have gotten even an increasing number of widespread and so they promote out nearly as rapidly as they open.
- I want to lift as a lot as doable for Most cancers Analysis and everybody can contribute right here at Stephen Morrison’s Ironman 2018 Challenge for Cancer Research
So Mallorca Ironman in 2018 is the dream and there can be many milestones to realize and many limitations to beat. It is not going to be simple and it’ll not be one thing that I’ll take calmly. There may be a lot to do and I hope that you’ll proceed to comply with my progress right here and at www.howmanymiles.co.uk
And bear in mind, something is feasible.