Performance Articles — 19 April 2012
Thinking your way through Ironman

Below is one of my favourite poems that I have ever read. My dad initially gave it to me when I was a teenager and was trying to make the AFL. I would read it before every game and training session and I think is very powerful.

At the moment there are a lot of athletes preparing for the Ironman in Port Macquarie, which is just over 2 weeks away. Up until now, there is a huge focus on the volume, intensity and programming of training sessions. It is all about training your body so that it is prepared for the big day.

However, now there should be a huge shift in focus. The ‘key’ training has been done. There are now two things that will make or break your day

- Nutrition

- Psychology 

It is vital that athletes invest time into both of these, as their importance is paramount over the Ironman distance, more than any other. I will write more on nutrition soon, but for now the grey matter….

Start today getting your mind ready to be ready for anything that may happen on race day, good and bad. Then develop a plan for all of these scenarios when they occur. This will help with anxiety when something doesn’t go to plan or as is typically the case with everyone, when you hit a bit of a wall out there.

You also need to be prepared mentally for some tough tough moments out on the course. Sure, it is going to be a fun day, the reward for all the work you have done, but there will be times when you don’t think you can keep going. Positive self talk and other mental strategies are something that AP10 athletes use weekly and you could definitely benefit from in the final 2 weeks of preparation.

Start to get that mind ready for what will no doubt be one of the greatest, but also one of the tougher days of your life. This will give you  not only a body, but also a mind – which is the driving force behind the whole process of Ironman, that is truly ready for the big day!

 

Think

 

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

Train Smart, Race Fast!

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