As I promised you… the long report…for you who wants to hear the details
The race day…it is the normal stuff; you get up at 4- you focus -you get your breakfast – you focus – you take the rest of your gear, that you did not leave the day before on the start area like the energy for the day – you focus – you put your race clothes on – you focus – you go to the race start – and you are 100% focused, no more nervous , just very focused and concentrated on the raceday.
– the pro racestart goes of at 6.40, everybody goes to the pier to look, crowd, I am not there, I am away from the crowd, relaxing, less tension.
– time to get in the water, 100% focus, there will be push and shouting to get us in and in line, I know where I want to start, I jump in, I start to go there, nothing stops me, I keep going, until I am in the place I have planed. No doubts, no changing my mind, I get there, stay cool, again focus.
– the start goes, I find my rhythm after 100m, stady, enjoy, I am smiiling under the water. I am just where I want to be in the whole world, at this moment, doing just what I want to do. I feel lucky.
I have been training so much swim, so much tecnic, and so many hard hours, and the pay of. I have improved, I get up in 1.03, and I know it is a good time for me, for a Ironmanswim without wetsuit.
I run to the T1 (changing)and got actually pretty fast on my bike.
Find my pedaling rhythm well, and have to say that the entire bike leg I had great legs Concentrating in energy intake, water, gel ect, and cooling !! and pedaling, and in 5.31 the bike was finished.
I cannot really find many mistakes from the bike, I was just good !!!
It is a flat course, and in this way easy, but the heat, and the wind makes it hard. It runs counter-clock-vise, and if the wind is east or north-east (and that is the normal direction here) it gives some hard work on the famous wild eastcoastpart, and you dont get the same tailwind on the west-part. It therefore is not a superfast course, but……same for all…and like I said I just had some excellent legs
From bike to T2 (run change)… and the suffering started… from the km 1… So it was just to have a mental focus. To think only the present, pulling the legs, landing down under and again and again.
The run was a 3x14k out-and-back. Super support from the crowd in the first 2k in the waterfront of the town, then it gets more quiet and you work your way to the turn-around-point at the km7.
On the way back you then have a look at who might be running against you, and I could see, that they where getting closer. I knew i had a good lead from the swim-bike, and decided to keep a slow but steady speed.
I decided to keep running whatever would happen. When you walk, the clock runs really fast.There was an aidstation each km, so I was cooling myself with ice, water, and drinking and eating… in each station… and finally the goal was there… I had a hard 41 km, the last km I was flying…
Sometimes the legs work, sometimes not. Then it is nice that there is the mental part to pull on.
Looking back now, having looked my numbers, split times, heartrate, watts , would i have done anything different ?
No, this was my raceplan, and it worked out great on the day, and the result came.
Was all perfect ? NO…..I found 2 great things to work on, that can lift my game even more. But for now….relax, beach and enjoy.
See you out there……..IronKaisa……well …..”Ironman Cozumel Winner 2010 AG 45-49″