I'm now training for my second Ironman. I've selected one that is significantly harder than my first. Ok, maybe not significantly, but the bike is WAY harder. But I'm not scared. Maybe I know that my coach will train me up properly and I will finish. I'm ok with not making time gains, mainly because the bike is 4,000 ft more climbing this time. But I know I can do it. Because I have before.
This makes a huge difference mentally.
It has been well documented that I am not a strong cyclist on the hills. I am hoping that this will change. I have also signed up for IM St George 70.3. A course which is nortorious for how hard it is. And somehow I've signed up for this as a training race for IMCDA.
I am crazy.
The bike is definitely a stretch. It has a 4 mile long Cat 2 climb. I know what a Cat 1 climb feels like. I can probably walk faster than I can ride a Cat 1 climb. I had a freaking spider create a web on my handlebars on that damn hill. But I made it (with a bunch of walking) and I lived. It was bad but not awful. And that Cat 1 was with minimal training. I am
Training this time around is definitely different. I feel pretty strong and like I'm on the right track. I know what to expect. Sure, all of this hill training may hurt a LOT, but I know that it will make me stronger. Which really, is about all anyone can hope for.