It looks like this race will be my final IM in the Asia Pacific region for quite some time. More details on that development to come later!
I've done a bit of stat-studying comparing last year's preparation for swim/bike/run with this year and it seems I'm fairly well positioned to have a solid go at breaking 5:30. In fact, I have a slightly more aggressive target than this but publicly I'm sticking to 5:30.
With the help of the 2Peak training system, I've built up a significantly more robust base of endurance, consistent intensity work and plenty of recovery--all timed just right to have me at peak condition come March 18th in Singapore. I can't say enough good things about this tool as there simply isn't anything on the market outside of a good (and expensive) personal coach that can match its training/race preparation capabilities.
However, my final build-up to this race is not without obstacles. For the first half of March I will be trying to get in as much training as possible while in Hanover, Germany (near freezing temperature). If all goes well I should be able to get in morning swims at a 50m pool near my hotel and have plenty of chances to, as they say, "harden the fuck up" on freezing runs. As for cycling, I'll have no choice but to do some high intensity sessions in the hotel gym. And if the above were not daunting enough, I need to be very focused on getting enough sleep and avoiding sickness. This is a big challenge and I'm pumped to get knee deep into it.
I think at this stage, having completed 4 halves and 1 full Ironman, I'm ready to let myself let go of the "just finish" mentality. In Singapore this year I need to be unafraid to DNF. This will be an experiment in taking myself to new thresholds of intestinal fortitude and physical pain. I've finished all other races in the past within my comfort zone and I think it is long overdue that I learn more about what my limits really are.
Bring it on.