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Pacing Ironman successfully

Posted By: KP
Date: Thursday, 3 July 2008, at 9:29 a.m.

Some thoughts that most of us are well aware of but bear repeating as we approach IMLP and IM Canada:

Athletes cannot race Ironman well if they choose bike efforts that are too aggressive and fail to fuel in way that supports their race fitness. Everybody gets to the start line fit. Problems begin when an athlete paces unrealistically. It's not about what an athlete wants to do, it's about what reality allows him/her to do. HIM is short enough we can get around pacing/fueling errors. IM is just too long of a day to hope for that. Ironman has less to do with toughness and more to do with realistic appraisal of readiness prior to starting (we could call that mental toughness). Most of the field never gets to use their all of their fitness due to less than optimal efforts in the first three hours.

coach KP

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