I’ve been in Tempe since Thursday and the last couple days were spent preparing. There was registration, building up my bike, gathering last minute items like water for mixing drinks, and packing the all-important gear bags.
There is only one last task left and that it to drop my bike and gear bags off at transition. That will be done early this afternoon.
With IM tomorrow, I now find my myself looking at my watch regularly and saying to myself “tomorrow at this time, I will be starting the swim“, “tomorrow this time time I’ll be coming out of the water“, “tomorrow this time I’ll be almost on the bee line highway on the bike“. I can only hope this is all true and disaster doesn’t strike on the swim.
Yes, the swim is still my biggest concern and memories of Ironman 70.3 FL will not fade away any time soon. I know that if I get out of the water, I can overcome anything that may occur on the bike or run.
The astute among you will notice that this weekly report doesn’t actually cover the entire week. That’s because I’ve have decided to shutdown my training and I will not be doing any more workouts before my race on Sunday.
I was sick and I am still recovering, but I’m not at 100%. I’m probably at 95%. I figured it was best to completely rest so I can be as healthy as possibly.
This week I only managed to do one run and then a 2500 yard swim yesterday. Its crazy, but when I checked, I realized that I had gone two weeks without swimming. This was due to work travel and then being sick last week.
I managed to pack everything yesterday as I fly to Phoenix early Thursday morning. It’s amazing how much stuff is needed for the Ironman when you actor in all the clothes, nutrition, and equipment. I’ve been working off various checklists as I don’t want to get to Arizona and find that I forgot something, especially if it’s something I can’t easily buy.
Now my days are spent worrying about the event and working through what can go wrong. I don’t know what the probably of my not finishing is, whether it’s 50%, 30%, 10% etc. but I decided that if I can get through the swim within the cutoff that probability will drop by half. The swim is the shortest event in terms of both time and distance, but for me, it’ll account for half the probability of not finishing.
If I can then do a bike split in the 6 hr 30 min range, the probability of not finishing will then drop by half again. I’m fully capable of doing a 6 hr or just over 6 hr bile split so the biggest concern or risk factor will be getting one or more flat tires or doing something silly like not following my nutrition plan – something I found out during my sprint triathlon that is easy to forget when you get caught up in the race.
If I can then start the run with 7-8 hours of available time, then I should be almost guaranteed of finishing as I can walk the entire marathon in that time if needed.
I do have some margin for error. For example getting a flat will not be the end of my race, but my margin is probably smaller than most.
I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat and runny nose…I was sick two weeks before my Ironman. Any other time I would train normally, but this was not like any other time.
I decided to skip the bike workout planned for the Monday morning, but I ended up doing it in the afternoon. I had a swim planned for the afternoon and I skipped that. I then had a decision to make. I can try and train as planned, or as close as possible, or to try and get as much rest as possible. Since this was a taper week anyway, I decided to try rest.
For the next 4 days I didn’t do any workouts. It was very disconcerting seeing my “fitness” number on TrainingPeaks drop each day. I know I can’t get any fitter during the taper, but I was distressed about losing fitness. I got worse the next couple days, but by Saturday I was starting to tell that I was getting better. I wasn’t 100%, but I felt I was OK to train.
I had a 2-hr bike and 30-min run BRICK session planned for Saturday. I ended up just doing the 2-hr bike ride. It went well except for being a bit chilly. I had a 1-hr run planned for Sunday and I did that also.
Due to missing 4 days of training, I only ended up doing just under 4 hours of training for the week. I’m still not 100%, but hopefully with the lighter load planned anyway for this last week and the week to fully recover I can be back to 10% by Sunday
With just one week left to my Ironman, I am now in the planning and packing stage ensuring I make as many lists and checklists as possible to ensure I pack and have everything I need before I fly to Tempe and for my race.
This week involved an unplanned trip to FL for a few days which disrupted my swimming . I only ended up swimming one day this week.
I did my long 2-hr run, but my long bike ride of 4 hrs was reduced to 2 hours as I had a Scuba class the entire weekend. I ended the week with 9 hours of training. While not ideal, I’m OK with that.