July 16th 2017 is a date that has been burnt into the minds of many of Peak XV athletes ever since the day they clicked “submit” on the Ironman UK entry page. It’s a date which seemed ages in coming yet has now arrived so quickly. A day which lasts for only 24 hours but will remain a memory for ever. It is both the end of a journey and for the newbies the start of a new era where they can proudly call themselves an Ironman.
As a coach one of the joys of the job is sharing this Ironman journey with my athletes. And for many of them it’s been quite a journey both physically, mentally and emotionally.
Over the past few months I have been privileged to be part of their experience, sharing the high points such as: managing to complete bike hill reps without falling off or being pool side coaching when the non swimmers complete their first single length of the pool.
Of course no Ironman Journey is complete without a few hiccups and low points: the tiredness, aborted training sessions, equipment scares and all those “what the hell have I let myself in” moments. But those are all a distant memory and race day is here! All the training has been done, equipment racked, nutrition packed, and maybe a final, final, final, final check of the weather.
All that remains now of this incredible journey is to actually complete the race, which in many ways is actually easier than the previous months of long cold rides, late night swim sessions, early morning runs and the constant thinking about July 16th 2017!
Myself and the other members of the team will be there cheering everyone on from the very first moment when they enter Pennington Flash until their last steps on the red carpet in Le Mans Crescent. We wish all competitors the very best of luck but especially to those who attended our Ironman Training Weekend and our own Peak XV athletes.
Cath, Dave H, Dave A, Duncan, Dean, Emma, Gemma, Mark, Rowan, Rhondi, Steve
Enjoy the day, embrace the pain, wipe the snot from your face for your finish line picture and remember Up and Up