For about a year, I have been planning to do my final semester in medical school winter/spring 2018. I have known it would demand some extraordinary time, structure and focus to get it done, and I wouldn’t be able to race during this period. I was mentally prepared.
Having a great coach (Cliff English), a supportive family <3 and understanding sponsors, I decided to take a chance, and sign up for a race only 5 days after my final exam. On the other side of the world.
During this winter, I have been pushing my structure skills, my efficiency and my discipline to a whole new level. Medical studies is not extremely hard to do, but it really demands your time and commitment. Preparing for an Ironman meanwhile just gives is one more dimensiom. I have cut down a lot in volume from February-June, and instead done a lot of short, high quality (i.e intensity) session. Instead of training 2-4 times per day, 25 h per week, I have done avg 1-2 sessions per day, 12-18 h per week.
On Monday I did my final exam, and on Tuesday I started my trip to Cairns, Australia. The result won’t be presented in about 2 weeks, and I don’t know how I will do on Sunday, but I can already say that I am really proud of how I have executed these past months of hard work, both in training and school.
I don’t really know what I can expect from my performance on Sunday, taking the somewhat different build up to this race, but I am excited to see what I can do, and like any other race – I can only do my best.
I want to give a special thank you to my sponsors whom decided to be a part of my journey in 2018, and for their understanding this past 5 months.