Eight more weeks until I tow the line at my first full Ironman event….and I am absolutely freaking out. The hours in the gym, on the bike, in the pool and on the road are beginning to add up, and the soreness now doesn’t go away. I go to sleep: it’s there. I wake up: it’s there. I work out: it’s like Super Mario scoring one of those special glowing mushrooms – thanks for the additional power, you geek.
Training for my first Ironman has been a bit of challenge, between the cold and damp Northeast weather, my work schedule and other miscellaneous factors too numerous to summarize here. The bottom line is that I have to get in the work whenever I have hours available. Now this becomes even more difficult when my sleep is constantly interrupted by my own inability to shut off my brain for a few hours. When I’m not actually busy juggling the various line items of my life, I’m thinking about what needs to be done next. I’ll hit the pillow at 9:30am, and I’m up before 2am. Now I’m staring at the clock until it’s time to head out to work out. By the time I’m ready to crash at the end of the day, I’m fried….and even that doesn’t help. So don’t be surprised if I begin writing a lot over these final weeks to Santa Rosa – I might as well do something proactive with my waking hours.
Today’s workout started with some strength training. I noticed that I became fatigued during my swim last week – my shoulders were baked by the end. So I want to begin building muscle in my shoulders, arms and back. I’m going to need them in May. I then transitioned to the bike. Rode for about 3 hours, 45 minutes of which was a spin class that amped up my heart rate. I finished the night off with a 20 minute BRick run. What’s a BRick run? It just means that I hopped off the bike and onto the dreadmill as quickly as possible in order to get my legs used to the rapid change in movement. I also think BRick simply means Bike + Run = ICK….but that’s just me trying to levitate the situation.
I’m logging these miles and competing in these events this year in order to raise awareness and donations to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy – the number one genetic killer of kids under the age of two in the world. If you’d like more information, or check out what our charity is all about, please go to our website at http://www.doawaywithsma.org. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!
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This Week’s Numbers
Strength Training: 30 minutes