I checked last year's Ironman Mont Tremblant results. The median time was 12h55.
Seems like a reasonable goal!
Plugged some numbers into a triathlon calculator and found a pretty comfortable sounding pace for the various stages.
My last (and only) Ironman was in 2009.
|Total||13:57:55||12:55:00.. or faster?|
My sole focus was the distance and getting through it - pacing was geared toward finishing before 17 hours was up. I was terrified of a DNF. My training was dainty and lacked intensity. Miles, miles, miles. When I started I had questions in my head such as "Can I swim 3800m?"...
I did not own a Garmin. Seriously. Not even a heart rate monitor. I trained and race on feel and what my watch was telling me for pacing... I was a newbie by every definition, not just at Ironman but at racing and training in general.
I rode an aluminum Trek 1200 with clip-on bars. Got the job done, but it's no Cervelo!
I know myself better. I know how to train, how to get faster, how to get my weight down. I have the hang of nutrition and pacing. I have done dozens and dozens of races of all kinds of distances.
Most importantly - I have DNF'd races. It's not the end of the world. I am an Ironman no matter what happens in August, so the goal is to improve and kick my own butt. And I will!