Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Let's Get Ready to Rumble...

Usually, my focus is all about finishing a race.  But the past eighteen months has been very different.  Everything has been with the express intention of making the start line on another Ironman Triathlon.  And here I am, barring last minute acts of God, about to fulfil that promise to myself by starting Europe's greatest irondistance triathlon - Challenge Roth - on Sunday morning.

There have been tough times, no doubt.  I couldn't run for over a year and my slipped disc saw me in excruciating pain for a couple of months, barely able to move at all.  But, as ever when faced with adversity, I simply set my focus on some seemingly impossible targets and resolutely refuse to buckle in my desire to achieve them.

This time the target was to start another Ironman within six months of my spinal surgery (injection).   So, the race itself will be icing on the cake.

It was touch and go for a while whether my achilles would recover in time to take part in the run but I'm at the stage now where I'm confident of getting out onto the marathon course.  From that point I'm in the lap of the gods.  It will either go well or badly.  But then that's always the case in an Ironman.  My great fear is that the achilles could simply flare up which would make running impossible - but the worse that can happen would be that I'd have to stop.

As a result of my focus on simply starting the race I've been a lot more relaxed in my training.  In a nutshell I've done far less swimming and am happy to accept a slower swim time if that's the result.  The constant rotating in the water was irritating my back and I think was a factor in the disc problems I had.  Running has been practically non existent until the last couple of months which, whilst saving me much wear and tear on my battered knees and achilles, has, of course, made me less confident of speed around the marathon course.  Bike has been good.  I'm stronger than ever before and I'm hoping for a decent time.  But I'm going to hold back and save something for the run.  The last thing I want to be is going out for a 26 mile run with my legs and lungs mashed.

So, let's see.  What will be will be.   To finish will be an epic achievement in terms of demonstrating that recovery from injuries is possible.  One thing's for sure... with this attitude of making the start the main focus, I've never been looking forward as much to a 'race'.

You can follow my progress on the Challenge Roth Website.  In a red band, just below the main photo, you'll see several categories of drop down menu.  One of them is ATHLETE TRACKER.  Click on this and put in my starter number of 1169 (they've messed up my surname).

Send me positive thoughts.  Everything helps.

cheers my lovely people...

7 comments:

runtilyoudrop said...

Jev you go and have a great race.

This will be a great achievement after your back problems.

Come to switzerland next year maybe?

Rob Quantrell said...

i'll be thinking of you on that run course mate - just to make the start line is a massive achievement. Enjoy it and stay strong on the run - loads of F&F will be with you in thought..

Bryan Payne said...

J, good luck. I'll go to the roth website, if they have tracking I'll be following and cheering you on from Canada.

Amazing 18 months, nice job not giving up and getting to the start line.

B

Bryan Payne said...

J, good luck. I'll go to the roth website, if they have tracking I'll be following and cheering you on from Canada.

Amazing 18 months, nice job not giving up and getting to the start line.

B

Andy Fulbrook said...

Will keep an eye on your progress from New Zealand, best of luck
Andy

Alec Cleghorn Brown said...

Hey Jevon,

How do you feel about the fact that The News of the World is closing? End of an era for us all!

Alec

Andy said...

great result Jevon well done, followed the first half of the race on the web.
Andy