It’s official. After months of thinking about entering, I’m now registered for Ironman Wales next September to conquer all 140.6 miles (226.31km) of this epic endurance event. An ironman is a one day endurance event consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run. It’s raced in that order, without a break and must be completed within 18 hours to be called an Ironman.
I was first inspired to enter the full Ironman back in July when I rode out to Bolton to watch and cheer on some of my fellow Mersey Tri teammates. The atmosphere was so electric and I found it so inspiring watching the triathletes of all shapes, sizes backgrounds and abilities participating. That’s one thing I love about this sport, it is inclusive and everyone is welcome to join in. At the end of the day whether you are a pro triathlete or racing your first mini-sprint triathlon, you race your own race with your own individual goals.
I’ve been umming and aahing it for a while, originally thinking I’d focus on the 70.3 distance in 2016 and then go for the full Ironman in 2017. But then I thought, why wait?! Now is the perfect time to train being single and not needing to share my time or prioritise another person around my training schedule. Plus, I’ll be turning 30 shortly after the Ironman so this will be an awesome bucket list challenge to tick off before turning 30.
This week saw the beginning of my training in the lead up to IM Wales 2016. With about 16 hours a week of training on my plate I will be pretty busy but I’m determined to still have (a bit of) a social life and not become a ‘boring triathlete’. Some have said why the early start, but when ‘winter miles equals summer smiles’ I’ll have a good strong base to build on and conquer those Welsh hills when the REAL training begins in summer!
My race schedule for 2016 is now complete. I’ll be racing:
- Grafman middle distance – 22nd May
- Cotswold 113 – 12th June
- Long Course Weekend in Wales – 8-10 July
- Ironman Wales – 18th September
Keep an eye on Strava to see how my training progresses. I’ll be sure to write regular updates here as well!