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Ironman blog: The beginning of the training
My training for the first few months has been interesting, and I definitely think I under estimated what an Ironman entails! I have chosen to devise my own training plan, combined with the knowledge from clients, colleagues and a range of books and websites.
The first few months training have been interesting already with the weather, popliteal cysts, herds of cows (!) and other things which have required adaptation to the sessions.
Yet the key to quality training is consistency and getting in the main sessions as well as strength and core, and this is happening.
With my job and knowledge I know what I need to do to manage it all. But when you are training for an Ironman, it is kind of different. It is such a big challenge, and with so many different elements… I have decided that an Ironman is a journey! Both physically and mentally into an area I have not been before.
I have done some crazy challenges over the years that I have run Energised Performance; raising over £20,000 for charity with my clients. This has been done by trekking across the Andes from Argentina to Chile on a horse (high altitude and no man’s land provide numerous stories), skydiving (eyes shut the whole way down), co hosting and organising a ball with Gethin Jones (entertaining and another story), building a school in Belize (and getting a worm growing in my head.. it’s out now, promise!) and the Tough Guy (ridiculously crazy race).
But I think the Ironman could be the biggest journey to date.
When I am massaging my Energised athletes and giving Mental Strength Coaching for their races, I listen to their talk about training for Ironman races.
Okay, they are going for qualification for Hawaii and Age Group Times but I do smile inside, as it is way more intensive than mine! But I’m happy… I just want to have a great race, a brilliant experience, raise lots of money for charity and finish with a strong mind, body and a big smile. And I want to see my best friend Emily and her family smile, in honour of Ashley too.
So my journey has begun and I will update you with March – May’s training next week.
In the meantime I leave you with a thought – to change something for the better, you have to get uncomfortable. So being uncomfortable is a good thing, it means it matters and it means something great will happen from it…
Thank you for joining me on the Ironman Beginners Journey, I hope you enjoy the ride!
About Kim’s blog
‘Kimpossible’ is what one of my clients calls me – I might need this name for this challenge!
As the Founder of Energised Performance it is my aim to help people get fitter, stronger, increase their confidence, wellbeing and performance. I love what I do and the amazing range of people I work with from complete beginners, to GB Athletes and media personalities.
I love adventures, challenges, meeting new people and stretching my boundaries to see what is possible. However, I never thought I would ever enter an Ironman, until now! So, I welcome you to follow my weekly blog, my thoughts and my experience!
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