Its that time again. 12 weeks until my next Ironman. That means overnight, I have gone from base training into the IM training cycle. For the past few weeks, I have been keeping up to speed with shorter, high intensity work outs. As I mentioned earlier, I have been obsessed with three things: riding outside, hitting my training zones, and…frozen yogurt. Damn you Twisted Bliss! Fortunately, I have been venturing out on the open road and the local track quite frequently. I feel strong, and I feel ready to start the real training.
Things took off pretty quickly this week. Started up on Monday with a 60 minute run with 2 X 1 mile Zone 4, rest Zone 1. My vdot is 42, and based on the Calculator, my threshold pace is now 7:52. Laps came through at 7:45 and 7:48.
For Tuesday, it was back on the dreadmill for 40 minutes for Zone 1 (9:48 pace) with 8×30 second sprints.
Today, switched back to the bike. I was planning on getting out on the open road, but by the time I got done with work, mother nature decided to finally give me that thunderstorm I wanted all summer. So, it was back on the trainer. Yes, the infamous trainer, that little mynx. Warmed up for ten minutes, then it was threshold pace for 10 min, 12 min, 16 min, and 10 min with 3 min zone 1 in between each. Finished up with 20 minutes of Ironman pace, roughly 140 watts. Followed that up with 30 minutes of run at 9:48 for two miles and 9:00 for one mile.
What’s been missing is the swim this week. Not my fault, I swear! The pool is currently being cleaned (again, not my fault I swear!), and I haven’t had a chance to head out to the lake. I tried swimming once without the water, but the only thing I got was the worst case of pool rash ever.
I have plenty of more work to do this week. Got a four hour ride to put in as well as a 11-12 mile run. Call me crazy, but I’m loving being back at it. No, I have no chance of winning. I have no goals for time, especially since I haven’t done Arizona before. For all the money and time I spend in this sport, all I want to have on race day is FUN. And so far, it’s looking like my goal is going to be met.