My updated post for Massanutten Success:
This post is based off a mindset from Endurance Nation, a coaching service for triathletes. They have a podcast where they go over their Four Keys of Ironman Execution. It’s very valuable. I’ve adopted it for Massanutten Success.
From Endurance Nation: Execution, not Fitness. ” All you’ve done is build a vehicle. Ironman racing is about how you DRIVE that vehicle, it is NOT about the vehicle. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz and energy of the day, but creating and sticking to the right plan for you is the only thing that will lead to the best possible day.”
What shape I am in on race day is not relevant now. I’ve driven the vehicle to the starting line. I now need to steer that vehicle around on the rocks, in the best time possible, while feeding it and watering it, to its (my) best ability.
From Endurance Nation: The Line. “Nothing on race day really matters until you reach The Line on the run. The Line is the point at which continuing becomes very, very difficult. You define success as simply not slowing down at The Line. EVERYTHING before The Line is simply about creating conditions for success for when the Line comes to you.”
The Line, in the EN talk of the Ironman Race is mile 18 of the marathon.
There are many smaller lines of MMT.
My first goal of MMT, is to finish. ALWAYS the goal. I have many smaller side goals. My side goals from the 2013 Race (your goals may vary):
Get to Edinburg before 7am.
Get to Elizabeth Furnace before lunchtime.
Get to Habron Gap before 6pm.
Get OFF Bird Knob before daylight.
Get to Picnic Area before daylight.
Other goals you could have:
Where you see your crew for the first time
Habron Gap is almost the “half way point” for MMT.
Where you (can) pick up your pacer
The key is to have little things to look forward to, all day long.
From Endurance Nation The Box: “All day long you are going to race inside a box defined by what you can control. Ask yourself “What do I need to do right NOW to create the conditions for success at The Line? Is what I’m doing right now counter to this goal? “
The weather is something you cannot control. But the weather conditions will be the same for everyone starting the race. You can control things within your Box. Make sure you have appropriate clothing, hat for the sun and to dip into creeks, dry socks in drop bags, getting ice at the aid stations. Be able to solve your problems within your Box.
From Endurance Nation: The One Thing. “If you swallowed the Kool-Aid we’re serving you here, you will show up at the Line, in your Box, ready to git’erdun and simply not slow down. But we’re not done yet. There is still some psychological stuff you need to address. During the course of your race day, expect your body to have a conversation with your mind:
“Look, Mind, you’ve had me out here slogging away for miles. This is really starting to get old and very painful. You need to give me a good reason to keep going forward. If you don’t have one, I’m gonna slow down and you can’t stop me!”
Another point I got from the podcast, not one of their 4 points, but very worthwhile:
Your racing self owes it to the training self.
Racing self needs to respect all that the training self did, to set up the racing self.
Racing self needs to suck it up and embrace the hurt to honor the training self.
Training self put itself out there always-ran in cold weather, cold downpours of rain, icy windy ass days, sloppy slow mud days, early early morning runs; cold clothes changes in parking lots; runs endured on treadmills. You owe it to training self to get out there and endure on racing day, racing self.
Good luck and have fun on Saturday!