Thursday, April 30, 2015

Breakthrough Swim Training Session 4000 yards

This is where I swim; pretty nice pool at the Northwest YMCA in Tucson.

Yesterday after work I swam for 1 hour 32 minutes for 4,000 yards. 4X1000.
That is 2.2 miles - woo hoo!
It's the longest swim training session to day.
While training for prior Ironman races I never went this long in the pool; looking back I'm not sure why. Whether the training plan didn't call for it or I just didn't have the time.
Regardless, I did the time and hope that it helps me in 2 weeks at Ironman Texas.

Today, Thursday I woke up a bit tired and instead of a bike ride I walked the dogs for an hour.
The plan calls for a track workout today and I'm going to try and do it after work. High temperatures are going to be triple digits so I may have to do it on the treadmill.

All is well in Tucson. Happy Training.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Esprit de She Triathlon & Race Week Prep

I did the training. I did what I could. As part of my training I completed one 17-hour week and three 16- hour weeks. I’m ready for this more than any race. I want to have a good time. 

Last week I had a 16 hour training week.
Monday was a full recovery day.
Tuesday I biked and as part of prepping for Ironman I later dropped of my bike at Bicycle Ranch for a mini tune up and bought new racing tires. That bike looks good.

As part of Race Prep Week I have a few things left to do to get ready for Ironman:
  •  Get a haircut

Before Ironman Arizona I chopped it all off. I’m thinking I might do that again.
  • Continue reading my book about mental training "Be In The Moment" 
  • Figure out how I’m going to travel with my Wingspan Aero Helmet

I’m thinking that I will have to carry it on and keep it on my lap.
  •  Race Food Planning and Shopping

I know exactly what I’m going to eat and drink; it’s in the Race Plan.

Less than three weeks to Ironman and I’m ready. Heading out for a bike/run and if there is time swimming at lunch.

On Sunday I’m racing the Esprit deShe International distance in Tempe. I’m excited to push myself and see how fast I can be at that distance. 
I will be racing in my Roka wetsuit for the first time.

I will be racing with my Wingspan 57 for the first time.
I can’t wait to see how they will perform.
Then the two week taper to Ironman begins.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ironman Texas Training Week 6

Week 6 for Ironman Texas is in the books. It was my biggest training week ever. 17 hours 43 minutes.

Here is what it looked like:

All hours are swim bike and run. No yoga. No weights. Although I wish I was able to do it all. Not this week.

Here is the same 6 weeks out training I did for Ironman Arizona in 2010. That week looked like this:

Quite a difference and I hope it pays off in 5 weeks.

While riding my final ride of the week yesterday, Sunday, my back and feet hurt. I was fatigued and every muscle ached. This is the same feeling you get on the final 12 miles on the bike in Ironman. This is the first time I felt this in training so I think that I am doing everything right.

I hope to have a great race time in Texas but I think I will go in with the mind set to finish strong.

My race plan is done and here is a glimpse into some of the plan.