Here we go

» Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Ironman, Training | 1 comment

The time has arrived, the time to pack all the gear and to compete. I am not a competitor per se, as I do this to compete against myself. Team Fuente-Van Havere is heading to Switzerland this afternoon to participate in the Rapperswil Ironman 70.3 race that will take place next Sunday. My objective is to validate my slot for Kona, in order to do so I need to finish the race within 7 hours and 30 minutes (the last -and only- time I did a 70.3 I finished it in 5 hours and 3 minutes).

I need to confess something, every time I face a race I feel butterflies in my belly, I guess I am quite nervous, and not only during the days before the race, I have been quite anxious (without knowing) during the last 2 months.

I have been diagnosed with IBS syndrom, and they say it might be relate to stress…well, I guess the race is adding a bit of stress on my belly. This minor inconvenient has caused me intestinal trouble for the last 3 months, and I must admit it has undermine my confidence a bit. I have trained for this race well, but still, there are millions doubts flying over my head: “have I trained enough?”, “will I face a technical glitch?”, “will my legs be there after the bike?”, “will someone kick my nose during the swim?”, “will my belly behave?”.

This is the beauty of triathlon, and specifically of long distance races like this one, there are many factors one cannot control. You can only be ready for whatever comes.

I am ready, I will enjoy this race as it would be my first one and I will be the best I can be. On Sunday around 3 pm I will be a happy man with my Swiss medal over my neck and the final passport for the Ironman World Championship in Kona (Hawaii).

Thanks so much to my beloved wife for her unconditional support.

In my next post I will let you know how it all went!


1 Comment

  1. No te agobies y sal a correr y ya está. Mientras sigas disfrutando adelante. Suerte y ya nos contarás.

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