4. Get more long rides in.
“I have been doing a longer ride mid-week, which I hadn’t last year. I love to go hard, and if it’s up to me for a workout, I’ll go do max intervals on a hill. My husband, Derick (who coaches me), has kindly pointed out, ‘Kelly, being king of the mountain isn’t really going to help you riding in the TT position for 56 to 112 miles.’ I feel like something clicked between Kona and Ironman Arizona last year. I biked terribly in Kona, and I said to myself, ‘That is unacceptable. You are better than that.’ So going into Ironman Arizona, I rode a lot of fairly flat 50- to 70-mile rides and pushed harder. It showed as I biked 5:03 in Arizona which was great for me.”