When I first set out to qualify for Kona Aisling was the first person to believe I could do it. Alan Ryan was the second.
Shortly after I started to train for my first attempt at qualifying I asked Alan what he thought. Despite being our most successful Ironman athlete to date with six Kona qualifications and two Kona podium finishes as well as having held the Irish Ironman record. Alan is just about the most down to earth guys you can meet. If you didn’t know how accomplished an athlete he is you certainly would have no idea from talking to him.
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Alan immediately and unreservedly said that he thought that I could qualify and that I should have a go at it. In my experience Alan, like Aisling isn’t prone to blowing smoke up your arse. So given his qualifications to make such a statement I believed him.
Myself and Ais were chatting to Alan last weekend and he asked how training was going. I hesitated long enough for Aisling to step in and answer for me. She said that she thought that I was doing the best training that she’d ever seen me do. Better consistency, better quality and for a longer sustained period than ever before.
Ais had said this to me in the last week and I’d gotten a big kick out of it. Ais is not easily impressed and never sugar coats her opinions. If she thinks I need to work harder she’ll tell me. One the flip side of she thinks I’m doing well she will also say that. So when she said that my training is the best she’s ever seen me do it gives me a big mental boost.
After asking me what age group I’m racing in this year Alan finished the conversation by saying that his fastest Ironman finishes came when he was racing in the 45-49 age group. The one that I’m in now.
It’s amazing what effect someone else’s belief and confidence in you can have. I came away from that chat thinking of possibilities that I haven’t entertained since I last raced Kona almost five years ago.
Aisling’s belief in me has had the same effect on me over and over again over the years. But there are very few other people who influence me in that way. Anyway lets see how the actual training went…
Tuesday 13 1:30 (1)
- Run 1:30 19.5k
Wednesday 14 2:40 (2)
- Bike 1:10 34k
- Swim 1:30 4100m
Thursday 15 —
Friday 16 2:00 (1)
- Run 2:00 25k
Saturday 17 2:45 (2)
- Bike 2:25 67k turbo
- Run :20 4K easy
Sunday 18 1:45 (1)
- Run 1:45 18k 10×400
- Total 10:40 (7)
- Swim 1:30 4100m (1)
- Bike 3:35 101k (2)
- Run 5:35 66.5k (4)
- Monthly accumulated hours / sessions
- Total 40:40 (22)
- Swim 6:20 19300m (5)
- Bike 17:50 466.5k (7)
- Run 16:30 187k (10)
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From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.
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