I asked Ashley about her training under my guidance.
1. How has your preparation for IM Canada been going?
I think it is going pretty well....I am feeling stronger than last year in all 3 areas.2. You have done IM previously, how has your preparation differed than in the past?
I have trained a lot more consistently this year. I have been hitting my major workouts. I credit a lot of this to you for holding me accountable. As well, at a more specific level my workouts have been a lot more targeted this year (ie X amount of time in X zone on the bike) rather than doing as much steady state work as I previously did.3. What has been the hardest part of your preparation?
Getting through training sessions when you are already so tired. I also have been struggling with not being as excited about IM as I was last year.4. What do you feel will be you strongest component of the IM?
I think just pulling everything together. I am not going to be the fastest swimmer, biker or runner there but I hope to just stay consistent throughout the day.
Oh there were so many....which one to pick. I think I would have to say a 214km ride that I did the day after a 170km ride was my hardest workout. Getting through that reinforced sometimes you just have to suck up all your negative thoughts and just push through a ride and it was a big confidence boost for me to know I can do that!
I would like to improve upon my race from last year in all 3 disciplines time wise. I think though my bigger goal is just to try pushing myself a little more. Last year I had a really conservative race and was reasonably comfortable (if that is possible during an ironman) all day - so I just want to push myself a little harder this year. I think your workouts especially on the bike have prepared me for that.