Leading up to and during Ironman Arizona (IMAZ) 2015, I kept telling myself to trust the training. IMAZ was my first full-distance triathlon and going that distance was a complete unknown to me. I didn’t know what to expect so I just had to trust that I had trained properly. I successfully finished IMAZ without any major struggles as I reported in my last post. The training plan was one of the keys to my success.
I always feel more comfortable doing a practice run when I have a big event at work or a big race. I have been known to pace around a hotel room reciting a presentation prior to speaking to clients or presenting at a conference. So when I signed up for Ironman Arizona (IMAZ), I was happy to pay the extra money and also get entry into Ironman 70.3 Silverman, which would allow me some IMAZ travel preparation.
Traveling to Las Vegas would be the perfect “dry run” for traveling to Arizona a few weeks later. All of my previous triathlon races have been local, so I have never had to ship a bike or pack all my gear for an out-of-town event. I don’t want anything to go wrong at IMAZ so practicing travel seemed like a good idea. And besides, it’s a long weekend in Vegas. Continue reading