For me to prepare to race this coming weekend in my first Half Ironman Challenge took:
A heart's desire and a life of passion.
18 weeks of: 31 hours of Swimming, 79.5 hours of Biking, and 106 hours of Running.
And many hours of Strength Training, Walking, Hiking, and Yoga.
Confidence in my training schedule and believe that I have trained enough to perform well.
Confidence in my nutrition plan for race day.
Mental exercises of simulating each event of the triathlon race.
And if something unexpected happens I'll deal with it to the best of my abilities while remaining level headed.
I believe this is what it'll take for me to have fun swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles.