1. I have to get faster in the swim. If I want to be more competitive I cannot give up 10 - 15 minutes on the swim. That's it. I need those minutes. I need to get to the pool and get it done!
2. I have to train harder on the bike this winter to develop my riding muscles. I am new to cycling (3 years on the road) and I know there is untapped potential in my legs. I need to figure out / find / hire someone to help me reach this potential. I need to learn more about using power and I need to push myself harder here.
3. I have to figure out the mental aspect of the run. I lost the mental game at Cozumel (read about that here: Ironman Cozumel) on the run. Just because I couldn't get a gel in me, I basically surrendered to hitting the wall HOURS before it could even happen - I actually remember at 14km, 1/3 into the run, that I was "not going to make it if I couldn't keep nutrition in me".. I didn't even think I could do it drinking pepsi every 10 minutes! Why did my brain not let me entertain the idea of just running the marathon on gatorade and pepsi? I'm sure it could be done. I thought there would be more variety of food on the run but the aid stations were sparse.
I'm not sure I'll be ready for Lake Placid in 2014, but I'm setting my sights on a race in 2015 which will be all out try for a Kona slot.