It is exactly four weeks to my first Ironman and I’m starting to get really REALLY nervous. 3.8km swim. 180km cycle. 42km run. An Ironman. Just writing that scares me. What an epic journey it’s been. Less than two years ago I was seriously obese (probably bordering on morbidly obese) clocking in at a whopping165kgs. Today I’m sitting looking at my watch thinking “this time in four weeks I’ll be zipping up my wetsuit/getting out of the water/on lap two of the bike/getting off the bike/finishing my first lap of the run/an ironman!”. If you had told me two years ago I would be writing this about what I’ll be doing in four weeks I would have told you to lay off the happy pills.
I can remember my first run like it was yesterday and I use the term run very lightly. It was about an 800m walk. Three times around a hockey field. It was uncomfortable, strenuous and a million miles away from even thinking I could take on an Ironman, never mind finish it. Ironman was never a goal. It never crossed my mind until 8 months ago. The goal was not to die before I hit 40. I wanted to run Comrades but I never even gave triathlons a thought. But as we stand right now it’s four weeks to go to the biggest race of my life. If I have to be honest I’m tired of training. The two sessions a day for the last 6 months have taken its toll and I’m mentally and physically tired. I have one more hard week of training left and then it time to taper and make sure I’m fresh on race day. The best bit of advice I’ve been given is to go out and enjoy race day, take in the atmosphere. Race day is a reward for all the hours of hard work that I’ve put in over the last 6 months. I am really looking forward to race day. I have no doubt it is going to hurt but I am looking forward to the reward. I’ve visualized those final few meters on the red carpet over and over and over again. I get goose bumps just thinking about it. Music pumping, crowd cheering and the announcer saying “Brad…….YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!!!!”. Four weeks from now I’ll be somewhere on the road working towards that one moment.