Now I have slept overnight and been reflecting back to the race yesterday. Here some thoughts I came up to, they are not any excuses, but just how yesterday was
It was rainy and 10degrees, and this made the bike really wet! I got cold and numb… I always hated to be cold, so I knew that I need clothes and to work on my mind-set on this one.
I got the clothes…….but didn’t get my mind around it.
With 2200m of climbing on the bike route, the descents were sometimes long, and then the cold feeling was just building inside my core. Slowly but surely my muscles started to dis-function, and I could not get my good bikeform out in speed anymore…..
I started to adjust my goal for the day……
I know, that the weather is the same for everyone, and so it was just to keep going, and see if the weather would let the rain stop.
Swim was great! On a beautiful lake and 19 degrees warm water, and this time it was my best discipline
Bike – 2200 elevation meters on a wet road… Just not me… Specially when I get cold and even colder…
Run – started well, but slowly slowly got slowlier… I think it was the tough bike, that made this, and then i knew,that winning ITU worlds in Sweden 1 month ago, had given my confidence a boost, but traveling to Boulder and working with Frank on the Sansego/team Bravo camp, had maybe been to much, so my mental battery had not been totally recharged.
It came to haunt me on the run….
So I came to win, changed my goal during the race, to reach for the podium, and then at the end, I just decided……
F…..ck it, it is my 10th Ironman, I will make it my way, and be proud of going all the way, on a day that was not my best day.
So I came through the “crazy” weather race with my Finnish SISU (a special willpower we are born with ……)
and… this was my number 10 Ironman, I have never quit, and yesterday was not going make me do that.
Tired and proud, and thanks to Coach……for being by my side on that kind of a day.