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I had the pleasure of heading to Kona for a whirlwind trip over the weekend just gone. As you would have seen it was a cracking weekend for everyone over there. The T:Zero athletes all had a great days racing around the lava fields and racing in the extreme elements, and I got to be there and soak up the atmosphere from pre race, right through to midnight at the finish line. Here’s some things that came into my mind as I was present across the day and weekend. Not all tips are entirely pertinent to Kona, maybe more so racing Ironman events in general, but they come to the forefront of my mind after the weekend that was… so we’ll run with it.
Control the controllables:
What are ‘the controllables’? Things within your realm of control :-)
The flip side of controlling the controllables is not worrying about the things you can’t control… we have no power over what mother nature is going to do, whether or not there will be a random piece of glass on the road causing a puncture, or what other athletes are doing. So… just don’t. Control you and your space and leave the worrying and comparing out of it.
Heat acclimation - coach Heidi wrote a splendid (said with posh English accent...would you like some tea darling? Oh yes, splendid thank you) article a few weeks back outlining some unreal strategies and the benefits for racing in hot weather. With summer on the horizon, do some heat acclimation work. This is another thing you can control and at least try… it’s only going to help. Crazy not to I think.
Wear light clothing and think about keeping cool - the amount of people I saw wearing full black kits and dark colours was astounding. I know we’re talking about minutia here, but wouldn’t wearing black or dark colours attract more sun? Perhaps lighter colours, even if only for the benefits of placebo, work, then why not go lighter in colour, especially above the waist.
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