Setting Expectations

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Setting Expectations

On July 22, 2007, I’m doing IronMan Lake Placid: 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and 42.2km run. The course is beautiful and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not setting really lofty expectations for a stellar time. That’s not really like me as I usually set pretty high goals for myself. In this case, given my experiences training, and that this is my first (only? last?) IronMan, I really need to set reasonable expectations.

After having spent 6 of the last 9 weekends training in Lake Placid on the course for IronMan Lake Placid, you would think I have a pretty good idea of how long it will take me to complete the course. Al (who swims with me in the Nepean Masters Swim Club) asked me how I was feeling and what my goals were for the race. I answered that I was:

hoping for somewhere around the 14 hour mark. For me, I’m thinking a 1:30 swim, a 7:30 bike and a 5:00 hour marathon, but that is really only my best guess.

Based on our training, I’m sure I can do all of the individual components, and the times are estimates based on what I’ve accomplished in training. All that is left is the unknown: not knowing if I can put all three parts of the race together on the same day.

My goals? I want to finish, and I think that expectation is more than plenty. It is all relative, and relatively speaking this test of self will be more than I’ve ever done before. And I’m ok with that.

Derek Featherstone
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