I now have Week 1 of my Ironman training under my belt. And realized that I still have 40 more to go. Wow. That seems like a lot - it's the same as a full term baby! And I remember those last few weeks when I was pregnant...Not. Fun. Hopefully these upcoming 40 weeks don't produce morning sickness, cankles, weight gain or any of the other unpleasantries associated with pregnancy!
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My coach, Roman, has been great so far. He has helped get me through the "newbieness" (is that a word? If not, it is now) of how to handle a training schedule this long. I've really never done a regimen longer than 20 weeks or so (when I did my first marathon back in 2003)...and that was when I was brand new to running and weighed about 50 pounds more than I do now (that's a story for another day).
Most of the days in Week 1 were double workout days, consisting of 2 out of the following, keeping my heart rate in the 120-155bpm zone:
- Bike 1 hour
- Swim 1 mile
- Run 3 or 4 miles, some with intervals/sprints
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So basically, 1 1/2 hours a day, give or take a few minutes. I confirmed with him that I am able to break them up and don't have to do them as "bricks" (i.e. back to back) if I didn't have time.
Now that we're back in Michigan, I've been getting up extra early and getting my 1 hour bike ride done before Julia wakes up and work starts. It's been nice - I keep my heart rate down, catch up on reading, watch a little news, and I'm ready to tackle the day.
I have then done my swim or runs at various times - usually around lunch time, after I've dropped Julia off at school. That seems to work well for me and has tended to be a good break point in my work day too.
However...I'm already getting tired! By about 8pm, all I want to do is curl up on the couch!
Overall, though, I think I'm adjusting ok so far. Week 2 starts tomorrow with a 1 hour bike and a 5 mile run. Next week I'll be in California for work so Roman has me just trying to get outside and walking or doing a 3-5 mile run each day since I'll be busy in conferences all day. That will be nice - I hope the weather cooperates!
Off I go!
1) What has been your longest training program? Did you think it was forEVER long?
2) Any suggestions on how to stay awake a little longer?
3) How has your week been?