Wednesday was big for me. Yesterday was a big step backward, The knee barked again – and I listened by taking a rest day. I need to get back into a groove after a bit of a slump, and that’s exactly what will happen. By the time I found myself in front of the boob tube watching The Avengers for the 28th time, I was big-time sore and it took a bit of effort to get my lazy copious backside off the couch. The fact that I fit in am AM and PM session was HUGE for me – because that’s the habit I need to form in order for me to have the best chance at becoming an Ironman this year. Most of the Ironmen I have spoken to have been willing to share their training plans and ideas with me readily – they seem to simply love speaking about the sport. So I’ve developed what I think is a fair estimate of the average number of hours they log in a normal training week. The number scared me a little: 30. So – I need to form solid habits, I need to do it quick, and they need to include two-a-days during the week.
Since yesterday felt like a success, I need to build on that and begin to develop the two-a-day habit.
- 4am Run: shooting for at least 6 miles this morning. Easy pace. Slower than yesterday. I beat myself up yesterday, and I cannot do that to myself every single day – I’ll break down. And that would suck.
- 5am Swim: I need to work on my form, so I need to go find some wisdom. My gym and my triathlon team offer weekly sessions at my gym’s pool, so I need to start showing up to them. However – before I do – I need to build a simple base. Once I can crank out 250 yards in the pool (5 complete laps) without stopping for a breather, I’ll be ready to join the other tadpoles in the class setting without worrying about looking like an utter fartknocker. So this morning’s session will require me to log 1000 yards (20 laps) in a 10 x 100 format. This should take somewhere around 30 minutes. The Ironman swim is 2.4 miles (4,224 yards) in less than 2 hours and twenty minutes. for my little 25 yard pool, a complete Ironman swim would be 169 laps. 169. Crap. Based on the math, I have approximately 54 seconds to complete each lap (50 yards) in order to give myself a small cushion of time as a buffer to get my butt out of the water and into T1 (the transition area where triathlete go from the swim to the bike). To say I have work to do is a SEVERE understatement. This should be fun!
- 6:30am Cross Training: This is a class that apparently combines endurance and strength. I’ve gotten over the hump in my first classroom setting within the gym – now it’s time to see whether I can keep up with the Jones’ in a class that doesn’t involve me peddling a bike like a rapid lunatic for 45 minutes. My legs will be a bit tired from the run and I should be feeling it all over from the swim (now that I know I need to become the Ironman equivalent of Aquaman, I’m going to be so focused on lap speed that I bet I’ll go harder than I ever have before in the pool), so this class should SUCK. And as Tolstoy once said, “one must embraceth the suckatude.”
- 6:30pm Spin Class: On the way home from work, I’m going to shoot for 17 miles over the course of 45 minutes on the bike. My speed has increased – so I am psyched about that.
In addition, I get to visit my doctor today. Oy joy.