Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dreaded Week 9!!

Since I picked out the training plan that I am using to prepare for Ironman St. George 70.3, I have been dreading Week 9.  It is when the main part of the base building phase is over and they really amp up the volume and intensity of the work outs.  I have already been doing 3x3 workouts every week (meaning 3 swims, 3 bikes, and 3 runs), and that is tough, but I had fallen into a routine and was doing it.  I average 1-2 work outs a week, but not the key ones, the long ones.  Anyhow, after last week's "recovery" week, the Dreaded Week 9 started yesterday.  I now have an additional swim and bike each week and instead of adding another run, they have added a long walk to Sundays.  This is perfect timing to add that walk as the weather here has been gorgeous!

So, we will see how all this pans out. It has taken some careful planning and maneuvering to fit all those work outs in, as I normally don't train on Sundays, so I had to finagle it otherwise. It breaks down to two-a-days Monday through Friday with a long ride on Saturdays.

Week 9 also means I am half way through this training plan.  I didn't really follow a plan for my first Half, and it was okay.  But I have seen that following this one, it is much better planned than what I did and I have seen the wisdom behind the workouts and the phases with it.  I love that every 4th week is a recovery week.  I mentally and physically need these recovery weeks.  The weeks slowly build on the weeks prior, and it all makes sense!  I am feeling strong and am loving the training.  I do my best to fit it all in, but life happens.  I feel that the work outs are taxing, but do-able. I feel like even with IM StG 9 weeks away, I could complete it today.  I feel that this plan though will not only prepare me to complete it, but do it WELL.  I love that aspect and thence do my best to stick to the plan because it is a good one and I am excited to see how all of this pans out in the races that I will do before then, and for StG itself!

So, in the meantime, Happy Training all!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Way too Quiet!

I haven't posted yet this year!  I guess in the lazy off season, there isn't a ton to post about!

I have been busy though getting ready for this season. I am on Week 6 of my training plan for IMStG 70.3 that is on May 3.  I am so excited and scared about this race all at the same time.  I feel great about how my training is going.  The volume is starting to pick up, and the work outs are more demanding and more frequent, but I am feeling great.  I am swimming well, running well, and biking better than I have been.

One new thing that I have incorporated into my bike training this season is the Sufferfest cycling videos.  I figure if I have to be on the trainer due to the winter, I might as well try new things.  Holy crap those things give you a kick in the pants!  I am dripping in sweat and begging for mercy when they are done!  I really feel they will make me a stronger cyclist, heaven knows they push me harder than I would normally go on the trainer and it makes the time pass much faster.

As far as races go, there have been some slight changes from the original plans I had for the year.  My Dad and I got into the Triple Bypass for July 12.  I am so excited to do this hard and challenging ride with my Dad of all people!  It's 120 miles and 11000 ft elevation gain!  Bring it on!

I also found out that my running group got accepted into the Hood to Coast Relay.  This is an amazing race that I have wanted to do and even though the timing is pretty bad (it is the weekend BEFORE school starts) I am going to do all I can to make it happen!

So, that is it for now.  I am so excited about how things are going and how this season is shaping up.  it is going to be challenging and so fun at the same time.  Stay tuned!  In the mean time...

Happy training!