Hi guys! OMG how late is this blog?????
Well, not nothing happens, as a LOT of happened in my triathlon world since my last blog. I have become a part time sport blogger writing about various women research in sports, become part of the Challenge Iceland team and hence working with the Challenge Family, working on my small but very cool international platform for women in triathlon Tri4Her, have become president of the triathlon club Þríkó, with a total of 120 amazing athletes (largest club in Iceland, WE ARE NOT THAT MANY!!!) of all ages, ranging from beginners to a few Kona qualifiers and a proud Ambassador for Strongher, a stage for women to ride and Womenlab.
Peew! This list was long, sorry about that, but all this to say that my writing spirit has been a bit too preoccupied to write about my little life and training.
But now I´m here. In Kalmar, Sweden, Just about to race my second Ironman distance.
Of course as one should be, I´m humble towards the race and distance and don´t take anything for granted. I however feel good and confident and I´m quite looking forward to the race. Having said that, I also know that anything can happen on race day and that one can go from having the worst, mediocre to the perfect race and that all this can change within a fraction of a second. I mean, just like "anything is possible" then also "anything can happen" in an Ironman. This is just part of the game and the game I love, that´s for sure!!!
My training has gone amazingly well.
I have worked a lot on my running and I have improved massively but still far from being Miss Speedy Gonzales. To be able to work on my running I have worked the least on my swim and only been swimming 2 x week. This means that there will be no improvement there, as I have just done enough to maintain my form. I however believe this was the wise approach to take (O, alright then! Yes, I did need some convincing from my coach Eric). Swimming 3-4 x a week just to improve my swim of a 3-4-5 min is nothing compared to what I will loose on the run if I don´t work on that.
The bike I only started working on at the end of February beginning of March (before that I was only biking 1 x a week) so there will be some improvement there but not a great one, I imagine.
The run however, I want to be able to do in no more than 4 hrs at a constant speed. Anything under, even a fraction of a sec. would be amazing. That´s my main goal anyway, so fingers crossed. I have been as dedicated as I can be and now I just have to give it my absolute best with a 100% focus on race day.
My training did not just go smoothly though. I have had a few patches of being very tired (moving around all the time has not helped) and my concentration and focus has been known to be better.
I have also gotten through weeks of wanting not to give a toss and being fed up with all these long training every weekend as the Ironman journey is a bit a lonely one, kind of a personal battle, which usually is the hardest one.
The difference between this year Ironman training and last year?
Well, this year as opposed to last year, I´m far more relaxed towards the whole thing. Last year I put my life and even the whole world on hold. You know like "Can someone put the world on pause please, Ranna is training for her Ironman, Thanks a lot". Now on the other hand it was the opposite, my life and the whole world was played fast forward.
I have kept my social life, I SWEAR!!!, I have not denied myself self, chocolate, ice cream, cakes or a glass wine, well okay then, even a few glasses of wine… and grabbed every opportunity that has come my way and it has been a pretty awesome journey. In other words, this time I did not let life go by.
Now, I´m staying up late writing this blog while the husband is fast asleep. I´m not here only with the husband though. I´m also here with my most beautiful and most amazing Cervélo P3.
Yes it really did happen, 2 months ago, on the 3rd of May, I got my first Time Trial bike. That day was not just any other ordinary day. That was the day when I rode with awesome Kim Peters, founder and big boss of the Fietsbelles,
the most amazing women cyclist group in Amsterdam, and Jenny van der Molen, a fietsbelle (cycling bell) herself to join Kim in finalising the Rapha Women 100 Ride as Kim was the leader and organiser of that ride.
We met early that morning at Amsterdam´s velodrome and headed off. As girls do, we chatted about everything and nothing that day while riding and like girls sometimes do, we also chatted about the BIG day. You know, the BIG day followed up by you taking your girlfriends to choose your wedding dress.
Except, my big day was not about getting married to a guy, I´ve already done that for God sake. Don´t you know anything? But to my Time Trial bike, to Cervélo P3.
The girls were just as excited about this as me. I mean, if you want to talk about bikes and get super excited you talk to the Fietsbelles.
So what did we do? We speed up, it was getting late, as we got a bit delayed due to many new discoveries...
and cycled together to Meesterknecht (don´t ask me to pronounce that in Dutch, trust me) to see my new bike that was already waiting for me on the turbo trainer for my final bike fit.
We stumbled through the door with our bikes all at once. Yes, yes, the whole shop was aware that we had arrived. The fietsbelles were in the building alright.
We looked at the bike, Jenny bought some sun/bike glasses to match her bike, we chatted, we had a cup of coffee, took pics, chatted some more about it and finally the girls gave me their blessings and the marriage was made <3.
Since then my bike has traveled from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Reykjavík ,Iceland to Denmark, Copenhagen to finally Kalmar, Sweden. Saturday is our first big race together, where our relationship will be put to the max. 180 km after 3.9 km of swimming. This new partner in life has to get me fast and without exhausting me to the end, fresh enough to run a marathon afterwards.
Let the games begin and let´s hope I don´t mess it up!