Since my Ironman is late in the season, November 2nd, my first “practice” race isn’t supposed to be until my Olympic distance race in August. Mike (ExitRowIron) talked me into signing up for a half iron in July “for fun”. The crazy thing is that I agreed. Sure, I thought, I have to bike that far anyway for my regular workout, so why not just run a half marathon after my run. And just open water swim 1.2 miles before. No big deal.
Well, I’m committed now. Chisago Half Iron on July 28th!!
Here I am from that same race in 2011:
That’s what my BodyMedia device says I burned today. What does that look like?
- 1 hour swim
- 1 hour weight lifting
- 30 minutes on Stairmaster with weight vest
- Trip to Target
- 1 hour ride on bike trainer
- 40 minutes walking the dog
Ya, I’m tired now. I’m not complaining since I didn’t have to fit a job in there somehow and my kids are in high school so they require little physical labor. But I’m still tired.
Today I had a short brick workout, and since it’s still in the 30’s here in Minneapolis, I rode the bike on the trainer. All good. I did my super-fast change to full on winter running clothes, ran through the garage and put the door down. I’ve done it thousands of times and never thought twice about it.
I came back after a very nice run and… the door wouldn’t go up. I put in the code 10 times with no luck. Knock on the neighbor’s door, no one home. I finally flagged down another neighbor who told me the power was out. Hmmmm… I never considered what would happen if the power went out while I was out on a ride or run.
They nicely called Mike and he came home to save me. Of course, the power came back on before he made it and I froze in my wet running clothes while I waited, but I learned 2 lessons: Take a key and be thankful for my person that will come home from work, even though he figures the power will be back on by the time he gets there.
It’s going to be too cold to ride outside tomorrow, but I have my heart set on riding outside on Saturday. I’m so excited! And oddly nervous? Even though I’ve probably biked 1,000 miles outside, going out for the first time makes me nervously excited.
Heard a great idea from local coach Gary Westlund: tomorrow I’m wearing a running shirt to work to “tell the rest of our world of running friends we’ll not stop running. We’ll run more, run farther, and volunteer more often at running events.” Well said Gary. My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Boston.
Great idea. Thanks, Steve. I will never qualify to wear a Boston jacket, but I am a runner and will wear my MCM jacket tomorrow to show where my heart is.
Technically, Ironman training started yesterday with a rest day. I took advantage by having a massage and taking a nap. But starting today, training is in full swing. I’m so glad to be back!
I swam 2,500 yards, cleaned up and then jumped on the treadmill since it was SNOWING outside. Did 45 minutes in zone 2, put on the weight vest and then did the StairMaster for 20 minutes. Yeah! I love being back to training for Ironman and I love my 30 week plan. It starts out reasonably so that there is a strong base in place before the workouts ramp up.
We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow over the next two days. WHAT the heck? Looks like tomorrows brick workout will be using the CompuTrainer and treadmill. I don’t foresee getting outside for any rides for at least another couple of weeks.
The weather isn’t going to get me down, because I am pumped! Ironman Florida, here I come!
I had high hopes for March, so even though a lot went right, I’m not really happy with how things went.
The good stuff:
- Biked 260 miles, goal was 200
- Lifted weights more than twice a week
- Planned trip to Grand Canyon
- Started working with a weight vest
- Avoided re-injury to shin and other injury
- Lost 2 pounds
The bad stuff:
- Only ran 51 miles while trying to avoid shin injury
- Was supposed to lose 5 pounds for DietBet, lost $25
- Didn’t swim twice a week, but did swim several times
I was doing great on the DietBet until the week in the car for college visits followed by a terrible cold. I didn’t eat right, I couldn’t swim while traveling and didn’t feel like swimming once I got back with a cold. Once I saw that I was going to lose, I gave up completely.
Overall, though, some great things happened this month. My older son picked a college, Indiana University. My daughter found two colleges that are serious contenders as she heads into her senior year. I enjoyed every minute with them, especially since I know time with them is precious with college on the horizon.
My Ironman training plan starts tomorrow and I’m very happy that I’m pretty healthy at the start of the season this year. Last year I had a serious SI injury and couldn’t run for the first 5 weeks. I’m feeling strong and my cold is gone, so I’m ready to go.
I’m not setting any goals for April. I felt like I did the best I could in March and would be happy about where I am if I hadn’t failed to meet my arbitrary goals. Hopefully the first month of training will go well and I’ll be healthy at the end of the month. It’s a 30 week plan, so the first several weeks aren’t very tough. I’ll use this time to get acclimated to the StairMaster, do some extra hiking to get ready for the Grand Canyon trip, and concentrate on getting my diet back in check.
Time to get back on track!