It’s race time for me again – I am writing to you from beautiful Switzerland, where I will be racing this Sunday, 19th July in Ironman Zurich. This is a full Ironman distance race of 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run – double the distance of my last race in Luxembourg few weeks ago!
The 3.8km swim will be in the crystal clear water of Lake Zurich which is apparently of drinking water quality. The swim features a unique Australian exit over a small island.
After the swim the spectacular bike course, which I had the opportunity to ride a part of it yesterday with my friend Dajana who is my wonderful host here :-)!
It is a two lap course of 90km each, and leads through the city center along the lakeshore out of town. Approximately 30km of the route is very flat, after which the course changes to become hillier, along grazing lands, small villages and the rolling countryside of Zurich. There are two major climbs – named ‘The Beast’ and ‘Heartbreak Hill’ – which are always lined with hundreds of spectators cheering and ringing traditional cow bells. Crowd support always gives us competitors a huge boost.
The run course will have four-loops and will lead through the parks of the city and along the lake shore.
Coming into this race I feel good having behind me a steady block of consistent training. At the precise moment I am not feeling the freshest I could be as I had a long 2 hour run day on Sunday, including a 10 mile (16km) race, in the New Forest, Southern England. However in the next few days my training load will be reduced, starting from today, so hopefully this will sharpen me enough for the ‘big day’ on Sunday!