On Sunday (July 24) I am racing Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia. Boom baby. The real deal, the whole shebang, my first ‘A-race’ of the year – it’s going to be 140.6 miles of greatness.
This time around, I don’t have a lot of pre-race announcements or build-up to share. I’m just going to go out there and have fun absolutely tearing this race up.
How fast am I going to go? I don’t know. You’re always rolling the dice when you do an Ironman and there are no guarantees. But probably I’m going to go really fast. Here’s how I see this going: I’m going to set a 2.4 mile swim PR. Simple as that. Then I’ll get on the bike, and I’m going to show that I’m the uber-biker. Not by trying really hard and riding 112 miles faster than everyone, but by not trying and still riding faster than almost everyone. Then I’ll get off the bike feeling like I just looped around the neighborhood on a little warmup ride. And I’ll run like a monster. A monster that I’ve had a glimpse of in training, but haven’t yet fully unveiled in a race.
You might remember that my previous Ironman run PR was 4 hours flat (9 minute miles). I’m proposing that on Sunday I will run faster than that. Quite a bit faster. It’s kind of terrifying, planning to run so much faster – some of you have seen me fall apart on an Ironman run course, and when the train comes off the tracks, it’s not particularly fun and it’s not pretty. But it is memorable. And if I do manage to hold on and run the way I’m suggesting (and the way I’m capable), then it’s going to be one mighty fine show. Who knows what’s going to happen – it might end in podium glory and it might end in flames of glory. All I know is that I’m going to fully go for it, that I’m going to try and keep trying all day, and that I’ll have a heck of a lot of fun.
Thank you all for your continued support. Your support and interest really make this all a much more worthwhile journey. Please share with all who may find my blog, my journey or the race of interest. Follow along on on Ironman.com (go to the homepage, then the ‘live results / athlete tracker’, IM Canada, Luke Kurey/Bib# 116) on Sunday, July 24, or wait a week or two and I’ll send everyone a race report.