but you can make it a close race.
My issue with food is that I just don’t care a lot about it. Give me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for every meal of the day and I’m fine. Throwing in a cookie on a regular basis is mandatory. I don’t like cooking food, talking about food, or hearing about other people’s food philosophies. It’s just not my thing. I’ll nod politely, and I get that it’s a big deal to a lot of people. That’s fine. It just isn’t to me.
But I do know that I eat a lot of it. I eat all the time. I was punching some of my training information into GarminConnect just now- I rode for 5 hours on the ComputTrainer and then ran outside for 45 minutes. I haven’t been able to figure out how to get the CompuTrainer files to be compatible with GarminConnect, so I get a report from RacerMate and punch in the numbers manually. That way I have all my training data in one spot. I decided to look at my training totals for the week, and happened click on the report for the last 365 days. Here it is:
So in the last year, I’ve had 442 training sessions totally 532+ hours and burning almost 274,000 calories. Take 274,000 calories divided by 3,500 calories per pound and that’s 78 pounds. I would have gained 78 pounds in the last 365 days if I had eaten the same but hadn’t trained.
And that’s just this year. This is my third year training for an Ironman and I’ve been running marathons since 2008.
This gives me pause since I’m not going to do an Ironman next season. Just a 70.3 or two and lots of running. I may have to cut back on my peanut butter consumption when my race is over in 7 weeks or so. Or I may have to start cooking… I hope it doesn’t come to that or I’ll have to go back to training or find a new hobby that let’s me eat all the time.
my “A” race for the year. I’m training for Ironman Florida, my third consecutive IMFL, and I’m just not feeling the love anymore. I like the training sessions. That’s not it. Our relationship has just lost that spark lately.
I blame the swim. Both years the swim has been rather unpleasant. I swam fine and my time was fine, but it was not fun. The thought of standing on the beach again is turning me off.
Adding to my desire to leave this relationship is an old flame that I keep thinking about. I’ve done the Disney Half Marathon, but couldn’t do the full marathon the year I signed up for it. I would really like to do the Goofy Challenge, and registration is still open. I had thought I would do it in 2016, but if I drop from IMFL now, I would have enough time to be ready for 2015.
I would still keep biking and swimming, but would switch to an off-season mode after my half iron next weekend. That would give me more of an off season before I start training for Boulder 70.3 in February.
I don’t know what to do! Mike will still race, so I’ll still be at IMFL. Will I be on the beach wishing I was racing? Or glad that I dropped? Any relationship has ups and downs. I’m 22 weeks into training. Should I just stick it out?
It’s not that training is going poorly. It’s fine. I’m biking, swimming, and running just fine. I have no reason to drop. What should I do!? I can’t imagine the Goofy Challenge registration will be open much longer. I need to decide!
Out of 30 weeks so more than half way there. This week was a whopper since I had my half iron last weekend, plowed straight into this week with only Monday off, and coached 4 times. I ended up with 17 hours of training, including 48 run miles, 94 bike miles, and 6.4 miles in the pool.
The race pictures still aren’t up from last weekend, but a friend took this one of my wave start. I put an arrow so you could see me. Where’s Waldo?
There were 100 people in my swim wave, which I think is too many. And this from a person who did the mass start at IMFL twice. It’s a local half iron. I don’t want to be in the water with 100 other people at the exact same moment. I wish they would have twice as many waves. Are we really in that big of a hurry to get everyone started? Just my opinion.
Did you see that IM Louisville is now going to be in October for 2015?
Well, I think it’s pretty interesting because I’ve been considering doing IM Wisconsin next year which is in September. I think the Louisville course sounds more appealing to me, but Louisville in the summer can be crazy hot. October, though, that sounds pretty good.
As far as bike course elevations,
Here is Wisconsin:
Here is Louisville:
The Louisville run course is flatter and is very similar to the Kentucky Derby Marathon that I did in April. I liked the course a lot.
I’m pretty interested! The sign up is after the August race, so really only 3 or 4 weeks to decide if I want to do it. Hmmm… ExitRowIron, do you have any thoughts on this?