The plan for this week was to make it a recovery week with much less training time and that is how it ended up. I ended the week with just about 5 hrs of training time and it included 2 swims, 2 runs, and 2 bike rides.
The 2 runs I did were quite a contrast. Wednesday’s run was in warm and humid FL at about 77F while Saturday’s run was 40 degrees cooler at 35F
For the coming week, I expect my workout volume to also be reduced as I’m flying to Phoenix on Saturday. I’ll be there to volunteer for Ironman AZ so that I can register for next year’s Ironman AZ
Goals for Next Week: The weather this come week is going to be brutal and so I expect all my bike rides will have to be indoors. I will be aiming for at least 3 swim days of 1500m each, 3 run days for a total of my normal 18 miles, and 2 bike days of about an hour each
This week was another great week. It ended with 9 hours of training for the second consecutive week. The highlight of the week though was the swimming milestone I hit where I was able to swim for 2000m without stopping. It was just a week ago that I swam for 1500m without stopping so hitting 2000m just one week later was great. I really wasn’t expecting to hit that until nearer the end of the year.
I ran for 18 miles again, doing 3 days of 6 miles each. I will continue to stick to that level and will probably only jump to 20-21 miles at the beginning of December.
This week I only managed to bike 2 days. Last week Tuesday I started my ride but my headlight failed after a few minutes and wouldn’t come on. I had to abandon that ride and I only ended up doing 2 rides for the week including a 2-hr, 32-mile ride on Sunday
I managed to join a local cycling club, Lone Star Cyclists and they do Tue/Thu rides and a longer Sat ride. I can’t do the Tue/Thu rides with them as they do it in the evenings and I need to swim then, but the long Saturday rides are perfect. It will help with monotony of riding alone, allow me to explore new routes, and to be a bit safer as I’ll be in a group. I plan to try my first ride with them on Saturday November 10. They would have multiple groups for each ride covering different distances and different paces. I will end up riding with the faster/longer group but for my first ride, I’ll probably go with a middle-of-the-pack group.
Goals for Next Week: After doing two weeks of 9-hrs, I plan to make this week a recovery week as I’ll be in FL and that always impacts my training. I’ll also be swimming in a small hotel pool. So, I will aim for 3 days of 45-mins of swimming, 2 days of running and a 2 days of cycling including a group club ride on Saturday
Just a mere week after hitting a major milestone of swimming 1500m without stopping, I managed to up that to swimming 2000m without stopping yesterday. This carries a lot of significance as the swim portion of the Ironman 70.3 is 1900m and knowing I can do 2000m this early in my preparation is a great confidence booster.
In my blog entry a week ago, I mentioned I was hoping to swim 2000m, with breaks, by the end of November and swimming it continuously by the year. So much for shattering my goals! I didn’t start off the week trying to do this, but on Monday I did my swim and like last week, I swam 1500m again without stopping. I felt good afterwards and was sure I could have swam more, but mentally, I had 1500m in my mind and I stopped at that point. Tuesday I swam with a single break. When heading out to go swimming on Thursday, I knew I was going to sleep in on Friday and so I could swim a bit longer and not have to worry about getting to bed, but even then, I was only planning to swim 2000m with some breaks. But as I swam more and more and coaxed myself into going just a couple more hundred meters at a time, and then once I got to 1500m, I figured I had to go all the way. I did it in a touch over 56 mins.
I’m not breaking any speed records, but if I can swim at the same pace for the Ironman 70.3, I would come in well under the cutoff of 1 hr 10 mins.
So my milestones thus fare are:
- Sep 25 – Swam 500m
- Oct 3 – Swam 1000m
- Oct 26 – Swam 1500m
- Nov 1 – Swam 2000m
I don’t have any more distance milestones until after my Ironman 70.3. My milestones will now be based on speed and pace.