Unless you have an Ironman coming up in an overseas location the Ironmans downunder have now all been run and won.

Unfortunately not all athletes get the results they dream of and that they tried so hard to attain. Yes this sport can be cruel while so rewarding at the same time.

On Sunday a friend of mine Ross Jackson from TRS in Burleigh (if you’re on Goldy get your shoes from Ross) wasn’t having the best day. Last year at Port he came oh so close to getting his first elusive spot to Kona. Missed by one spot. Tough.. I know, I and so many others have been there.

Ross was about to chuck it in for the day. He was down, but a quick chat about how much he would regret the decision to quit and how much he could learn about himself if he continued to push on. Ross pushed on and was a far cry from his previous 9 hour times but he finished. The result doesn’t change the person he is, but the choice not to quit strengthens the person he is and it will make him a more successful person. Period.

The thing to remember is that … the sun will still came up the next day. Perspective đŸ˜‰

Ironman is not easy and nor should it be. It requires courage, discipline, sacrifice and RESPECT.

TS Ironman Blueprint customer James Staciwa who PB’d in Port 4 weeks ago with a 10:37 showed enormous courage and respect to not only start but finish the race in Cairns on Sunday. James has the usual age group athlete dilemmas of an extremely busy life and then the family all getting hit with gastro on the Thursday night before the race.

Here’s what James sent me in an email. He believes this is his most rewarding race ever.

On a warning to my wife i said this probably isn’t going to be quick! I crawled through the swim in a 1:13, rolled some pedals over on the bike for a 5:40 then did a run/walk combo for a 4:47 marathon. Mentally this was the hardest thing I have ever done, everything hurt not because I was smashing myself but because I was just flat out drained, any nutrition plan went out the window and the 4+ bathroom breaks on the run were definitely not part of the equation. I couldn’t run for more than 2k straight till at least 14k into the run, i think the longest I ran in one stretch was prob 6k- but i got there!

In the end I just enjoyed the experience as much as possible, soaked in as much of the atmosphere and loved the race. It was my last race for the season so I got some recovery & rebuilding time ahead and I am more amazed at the trials and tribulations ironman racing can present! Sometimes it definitely does not go right, and sometimes you can definitely lose the fight but win the war…

Thanks for your help

That is a true champion mind set right there. Congratulations James.

So for most of you with the main races out of the year… it brings with it a time to reflect. What went right? What went wrong and what are some aspects I need to improve? I wrote a blog late last year about  when things don’t go right. At the end of it I give a useful exercise you can do to see how you can go about planning now for the remainder of the year and catapult your successes in your next races.

Do the exercise and go to work on those limiters.

One final piece of advice. Develop a plan that you can continue to implement to keep your hard won skills. A long time off means you have to rebuild from scratch. That is a harder and much longer road. Develop the courage to reduce time on some aspects and put more into another area to get the gains you need. I’ll speak more about that in coming posts.