I know exactly what you'll be feeling when you get off that bike and begin run-transition. First of all, you'll want to throw the bike in the lake. Secondly, the chance of somehow finishing the marathon distance the way your legs feel right at that moment seems pretty well impossible.
As you walk(hobble) into the transition tent, your heart may be sinking and you may feel you just cannot do it.
Believe me. You are not alone. This is a very common reaction.
AND YES! YOU CAN DO IT! Remember-When you leave the run-transition, the next time you return, you will be home!
This is the moment where your resolve will be truly tested.
Keep in mind that if you have made it to this point, you have a really good chance of finishing the race. There is plenty of time if you follow the suggestions I gave you in the run-tips section.
Also remember the energy you saved by having a calm, relaxed, energy saving swim. Believe it or not, you may well be in a lot better position than a lot of other people out on the run course.
Change into whatever you plan on wearing.
If you feel you need medical attention for anything, this is the time to do it. The medical tent is right there beside the transition tent.
A word of warning however-Don't stall. Get out there! You do have a time limit and spending 30-40 minutes in transition can lead to disappointment at the end of the day.
Gather yourself-have a good drink and something to eat(a power gel would be good) before you leave run-transition.
And remember these imortal words. . .
TRY NOT. DO. OR DO NOT. THERE IS NO TRY.
Yoda: The Empire Strikes back.
So get out there and DO it.
My name is Ray and I can't ever remember an Ironman race where I wasn't thrilled to get off the bike. However, how you feel as you enter the run transition area is no picnic. Hopefully this article will give you a sense of what to expect on the big day.
Also, I have created a website full of training and racing tips for all aspects of the Ironman triathlon.
The name of my website is “Ironstruck", the address is http://triathlon-ironman-myfirstironman-ironstruck.com/
I also have a contact page if you have any questions or comments.
It can be found at: http://triathlon-ironman-myfirstironman-ironstruck.com/contact-me.html