If you follow me on social media/YouTube, you probably know that I was quite keen to enter another race straight after Zurich! I actually decided minutes after crossing the finish line (when in immense pain), that I was going to put myself through it all again… and soon.
I didn’t actually plan my season very well (because I have never actually planned ‘a season’, and only ever do one race a year!), ideally, I wouldn’t have picked a race so late (or competitive!). In my head I pictured myself doing Wales… clearly I was very optimistic with my thoughts considering Wales is only 5 weeks after Zurich. Most research/opinion would say you need a MINIMUM of 6 weeks to recover post-ironman.
I suffered with an ear-infection pre-race and for about 3 weeks post-race, meaning a very slow recovery for me. It didn’t exactly make me motivated to enter Wales – it’s notoriously tough, quite full in my age-group, and very soon.
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many races with spaces (feel free to read that like a rap), which is one of the reasons my eyes started drifting towards Taiwan. It may sound absolutely ludicrous (it is!) to consider racing in Taiwan – clearly I didn’t think Zurich was hot enough!? The humidity is supposed to be unbearable (80%+), I have never actually experienced anything like that… It’s obviously pretty far, meaning jetlag is likely, not to mention the food will be very different to what I am used to – very important when digestion troubles are already such an issue during these longer races. Oh, and it’s only 8 weeks after my last Ironman.
So as we have established… Taiwan is undoubtedly a crazy idea, and of course, I am extremely excited to be doing it and taking on the challenge!
I am back in training and feeling good, it took me week 4 to feel like I could put my body under any kind of considerable stress again. My plan for heat acclimatisation starts this week with a minimum of x1 turbo session in a hot yoga studio, and a minimum of x3, 30-minute sessions in the sauna.
I will be documenting my journey to Taiwan on my Instagram and YouTube, I would love any support/feedback/questions to keep me motivated and accountable – if anyone has ANY advice on Taiwan, heat acclimatising… anything, let me know!