Oh hello there Q2. Is it time to really dig into ironman training already? To answer myself, yes, yes it is.
While my "official" ironman training doesn't start until May, this month will be a refocus on base building and getting my mileage in all three disciplines back up. In looking back at my monthly totals from Q1, it's evident that my run has been lacking. I am going to use April to re-focus and get my butt up in the morning for those AM runs I stopped right after the Jacksonville Marathon. The time for regular two-a-days has begun.
It's tough to train for an event that's six months away and not experience some level of burn out. I want to think that I can do it, but I know I'll experience at least one (or two or three) meltdowns where training is considered. I think it's a first time ironman training rite of passage.
On the nutrition and strength training fronts I have a lot of work to do. I again need to re-focus on eating healthily and incorporating some sort of strength training. I purchased The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing on recommendation from Katie to delve into this sport a bit more. My coach is always a call away to discuss these things with but I'd like to have more knowledge myself.
In assessing how I felt on Saturday I know I need the most work on the bike. My swim was fine after a little bit of panicking but the pace felt good and I know I could have kept going. My run, while slower than I wanted, was ultimately fine. Yes, my back hurt initially but I know I could have kept going. My bike, on the other hand, was a long 60 miles. I mean that both literally and figuratively. I was so ready to get off that bike. I have lots of work to do.
I'm really looking forward to the big training weekend over the summer. I know they are going to be hot, hilly, and intense. I am sure I will have lots to talk about during this training and tri season and I can't wait to share the stories with you all. For my fellow ironman newbies, as well as my seasoned ironman friends, please feel free to email me or comment with any and all training (and sanity) tips you have.
Have a great Tuesday everyone.