The other day, I got a pamphlet about helping to fundraise for the official Ironman charity (breath 4 CF). It made me stop and think. I am always doing this for myself, it’s my internal challenge to overcome, but maybe its time to also do it for someone else. So here it goes, I am going to try and help raise some money. I did stop and think, if this was the charity that I wanted to support, there are a lot of charities out there deserving of support, but I do not have a strong feeling of attachment to any of them. So for that reason, CF seems like a deserving charity and worthy of my effort. (visit breath4cf.co.nz for details)
I have never fundraised for anyone much before, I do not know the best way to go about this. I do however think that I need to get the people donating involved in my struggle, they are not only donating to the cause, they are getting something else out of it (plus a little motivation for me wouldn’t be too bad). So here I have decided what the rules to this fundraising effort will be.
1. A person signs up and donates (here) however much they wish to.
2. They choose a time that I am to beat (the only caveat, it can’t be under 11hrs 59min).
3. If I beat the time they then have to double their donation.
So a little about the athlete you will supporting:
I have been involved in Endurance sport for about 4 years, in those years I have done the Coast to Coast and The Kepler Challenge. At the start of this year (2010) I completed my first Iron Distance race in Wanaka. I finished this race in 13hrs 48min, I was there to finish the race and the only goal on that day to finish before dark.
Leaner and meaner than ever before
My decision to do Taupo was based around going faster and harder than ever before. To achieve this, I identified my main handicap, I was carrying too much weight. I am currently 6kg lighter than I was at Wanaka, the aim is to loose another 10 before Taupo.
So to help you predict a time, heres my strengths and weaknesses
The swim; probably my strongest discipline. I will never be the fastest swimmer in the race, but I comfortably arrive somewhere in the 2nd pack out of the water. At Wanaka, I was the third Age Grouper female out of the water (time was 1:07). I expect me to be in a similar position in Taupo. I am swimming more now than ever before, so I should come out of the water fairly comfortably and well prepared for the rest of the day.
The bike; is my other strong discipline. I have always been fairly strong on the bike. I finished wanaka in 6:35, on a course not designed to suit me. I am strong on the flat, but not so strong on the hills. Wanaka is a hilly course, Taupo is a mainly flat course, much more suited to my abilities. I have identified the bike where I can make the most time, mainly by not coming off the bike too tired. In the lead up to Taupo, I will be spending more time on the bike on than ever before. I want to come off the bike in under 6hrs without coming off with too tired legs.
Finally theres the run; my weakest discipline and where the Wanaka race fell to pieces. I have proved over the years that I can run long, but I can’t run fast. This is where the drop in weight will benefit me the most. This year I got a PB in the Half Marathon, coming in just under 2hrs. I am aiming for a 4.5hr Marathon time at Taupo.
I have 2 lead up races to judge how well I am going.
November 20 : South Island Half Ironman – prehaps not my favorite race, but it is a fast race. It’s completly flat, though the Nor’ West can blow really hard sometimes.
January 15: Wanaka Half – Just the half for me this time. I will racing of a couple of weeks hard training, with almost no tapering. But it should indicate if I am on track.
So to Donate now
So if you would like to support me and CF, please visit www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/NadiaMaclaren/ to make your donation. You can add your time prediction in your message. But you can change your time prediction anytime before Ironman Taupo starts (thats March 5 2011).