Racing to Kona
by Sue Aquila
Through the years, I have had had six direct competitors in my business. Two of them were national chains within throwing distance. Why did we prevail?
This year was to be the culmination of my training with Gordo with the goal of a Kona qualification. I decided to race two Ironman events to give myself the opportunity to chase a slot. First up was Ironman Texas. I believed I had a shot at a slot but that it would be unlikely (mostly due to a lack of heat acclimation).
My team (three at the race site and one on the computer) approached the race as if it was my last shot to qualify. The three key parts of our race strategy were:
Know My Competition
My team was spread out on the marathon course and tracked the women that started running ahead of me in my age group. They also tracked the women chasing me in my age group. They coordinated the tracking with a training partner at home using Ironmanlive.
Because of this group effort, I was able to get accurate splits and information on my competition. Plus it was really fun to run people down!
Know the Course
Since I live in Bloomington, Indiana, it is only appropriate to quote Bobby Knight: “Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”
And my race? Goal achieved. I hope to race you in Hawaii...
Sue Aquila is a USAT Level 1 coach who balances her ironman training with running a successful business that she built from the ground up. She blogs regularly at fewoman.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @fewoman.