Liz Blatchford Blog: Ironman…

  • By Liz Blatchford
  • Published January 10, 2013

I’ve been holding out a while to write this blog but it’s with great excitement (and a definite amount of fear!) that i am announcing i will be doing my first Ironman in Melbourne in March. After making the switch in 2012 to racing 70.3s i knew Ironman was in my future, it was just a matter of when.

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I have watched Kona for years now and like many of you out there have felt incredibly inspired. Knowing i was getting closer to this path i decided to take the plunge and try to get there sooner rather than later. So i will be aiming to qualify for Kona in 2013. Without having raced either Vegas or Kona (hence no points) i know i have a considerably ambitious task to qualify and then also perform well in my first outing in Kona. However i am truly excited by my new goals. Aside from Kona, i also want to race Vegas 70.3 Worlds and HyVee 5i50 Champs in 2013. For me, Kona will undoubtedly be the most difficult to qualify for.

So right now i am 5 weeks back from a month long holiday in somewhat of a hurry to get ready for Auckland 70.3 Asia Pacific Champs on Jan 20th and then Melbourne in March. Even though it is still triathlon i feel there is so much to learn, so many miles to swim, bike, run and plenty learnt from years of ITU racing that i need to let go of. To guide me on this path i have decided to start working with Mat Steinmetz. Mat lives in Boulder and i will be basing myself there for the warmer 6 months of the year.

Exciting and motivating times for me, bring on 2013:)

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