Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood

Friday, August 13, 2010

Being Prepared to FAIL

So have found the past few weeks a little tough - has been a mix of recovery and getting into the swing of things. Getting sessions done has not been an issue but the enthusiasm to get out the door has been lacking at times.

From people I talk to this is a normal phase that one goes through, main thing is that have got the work in and are now approaching 8 weeks to the show. Starting to get excited and motivated for that now (have forgotten about the pain of racing at IM CDA) and now want to suffer in training

Still trying to work out goals for Kona. Its a different place and race from any other Ironman and deserves a lot of respect. So one thing I have decided is that I am prepared to FAIL. Hopefully FAILING would just mean a long day and the use of glow sticks but I think it is important to go in with the realization that the day could go sideways.

So what advantage does being prepared to FAIL give me. It gives me the chance to have a FANTASTIC day. In Coeur d'Alene I felt I had a good to great day but not fantastic one. There are some things I know I can improve on and I am absolutely positive I can run faster as came of the bike with cramping hamstrings and this dogged me throughout the run. Having gone through the first half in 1:32 and finishing up with a 3:11 on a day when I felt like I was breaking done from mile 1 gives me the believe that I can run around 3 hours come race day. Training will tell me if this is realistic but its something I feel that I can do and why not do it at the show.

8 Weeks to go and looking forward to earning a good day by doing as many thing right over this period to make it happen.

Just another brain dump of a blog post but will be good for me to look back on these "dear diary" moments and hope that if you read and go through the motivational ups and downs of a season that it helps you realize that most people hit this challenge at some point or the other.

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