The Final Stretch….Again
Here I am again, entering the last few weeks of Ironman training. This is the third go around, and let me just say, it ain’t any easier. If anything, it’s even harder this time as I am being split between so many different parts of my life right now. School. Work. Family. Ironman. This blogger’s plate is quite full lately.
But, as has been said, if it was easy, everyone would do it.
Lets recap the last week of training for tri geeks. I guess a good place to start is my 13 mile run on the treadmill on Wed. Ran at 9:09 pace. This included 3X8 min Zone 3. While it may be slow overall, this is a marked improvement for me from before CDA. At that time, I was doing my long runs at 10:00-10:15 pace. Thursday and Friday was pool time and another short run.
Yes, we should talk about the pool. For some reason, my swim has been off this go around. Maybe I’m over thinking it, maybe I’m too sore, maybe I don’t really care about the swim anymore, or maybe I just suck. In any case, I’m slower than before CDA. I’m banging out 300yds at like 5:08-5:15. Not sure what the deal is, but I hope I can fix it soon. Probably time to break out the camera. In that case, its probably also a good time to update my Speedo; it’s looking more thin that a piece of single ply TP in a hurricane.
Saturday, I finally, after freaking two years of solitude, rode with someone else. He showed me around some new roads, including a good 10 mile section of complete flatness devoid of cars. Yep, are you ready, cuz here it comes…FACEPALM. All together, a very easy 74 mile ride with a measly average of 17.1. I wont lie; that average is kind of scaring me. I’m not sure whats up; I’m definitely seem stronger than I was prior to CDA. Maybe this means I will still finish the bike around 6:30 but not be, oh I don’t know, dying like Robin Williams without alcohol, when I get to the run.
Sunday was a quick 1.5 hours of zone .80 IF (intensity factor). I must be doing something right because that just killed me. I followed it up with a 9:04 pace three miler which actually felt great. Maybe not enough caffeine that morning….might have to go to four shots of espresso like my buddy Matt Sullivan….
Fall has started to finally show up here…which in Montana means it has been raining and barely in the upper 50’s this week. Back in the pool on Monday for another equally depressing swim.
On Tuesday, put in another slightly depressing 2700 yd swim and then followed that up with 5 miles on the indoor track with 3X1 mile intervals at 7:11, 7:05, and 7:06.
Wed, it was time for the long run again. 14.8 miles on the treadmill at 1% grade at for a 9:07 pace. Felt decent through it; still taking a 20 second walk every ten minutes with a sip of Hammer Perpetuem. Sounds like I have my game plan for the Arizona run. Today was just a quickie with 3X (4X 30s/30s) on the bike.
Overall, still feeling good. Weight is already 2 pounds below my CDA mass. No injuries thus far. Mind is “so-so.”
Of course, in between all of those above tortures, I have been attempting to weave a life with work, family, and school. Ironically enough, now that I am twice as busy as before, I actually have been able to keep more track of my schedule that prior. Work is going swimmingly…except for the swimming part. I’m handing in my MPH assignments one week in advance at times. To boot, I just got my first assignment back with a nice 100% on it. I’m spending more time with my kids in the evenings reading and catching up. Funny how when you have no time at all to spare, all the important things seems easier to sort out. Sure, my PS3 is collecting dust, and my lawn is a little (and I mean a little….I’m obsessed with my lawn) longer than normal. But hey….somethings got to give. In a weird sense of luck, my PS3 fried itself this week and is now un-fixable. I guess someone is looking out for me out there…
So 7 more weeks to go. That includes 3 weeks of taper though. This weekend is a huge event; my race rehearsal. I have a six hour ride planned followed by a one hour run. Tomorrow is a 4200 yard swim. I will be posting afterwards. Once I do this, I will have a good idea of how things are finally shaping up for Arizona.
I ask my self….”Am I having fun?” The answer still yes my friends. I cant wait to try out a new course. I cant wait to get away from my pager, my charts, my legal counsel, and the Montana winter for a good 17 hours. Stay tuned. Fun times ahead…got to order some new goodies to get my good old Cervelo ready for the big dance again!
OH. And how can I forget. I have decided on no Ironman’s next year. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time. This week, I found out I got a lottery spot for the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in 2012! More on the later. First things first….