I enjoyed this article:
How to Sabotage an Ironman
by Coach Wendy
Let's see, have we seen any fellow tri-bloggers make some of the mistakes listed, on shorter races or in their approach to an Ironman?
I'm just askin'. . . .
"Ironman is about you getting through 3.8km of swimming, riding 180km and running a marathon. It is about you and no one else. The ability to hold that mental focus for the entire day is a huge skill and often one of the most neglected. Focus on the smartest way to swim the next 10 strokes, the most efficient piece of road to ride on for the next 200 meters and the best posture for the next 20 steps on the run. You won't have time to focus on anyone else and if you find your mind wandering - bring it back and zone it on YOU. It's your butt out there, so let other competitors do what they like, your race isn't over until you cross that finish line and the sooner you can get there the better."