Ironman Training – Week 30 – November 11 – November 20 2019

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.

Ironman Training – Week 29 – November 11 – November 17 2019

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.

Ironman Training – Week 28 – November 4 – November 10 2019

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.

Ironman Training – Week 27 – October 28 – November 3 2019

For the first 5 days of the week, it was a perfect training week. All my swims were done including one of them in my full wetsuit – I hope to do at least one swim a week for the remainder of my training in the full wetsuit. I got to run outdoors in the cooler weather. I did have to do a the BRICK workout indoors as it was too cold.

Things fell apart a bit over the weekend. On Saturday I headed out for my 3-hr run. About 1 mile into my run, I started to feel as though I needed to go to the bathroom. I kept going hoping it would go away, but it never did. I ended up cutting the run short after 3 miles. When I got home, I did have to go to the bathroom.

On Sunday, I decided to re-try my 3-hr run instead of the 5-hr bike due to the poor weather. The run went well. I started off by clicking off the early miles at around 11:30 min/mile. Quite fast for me. I did eventually slow down, but in the end I ran 15 miles in 3:01. That is a 12:01 min/mile pace. I would have liked to have been under the 12 min/min, but I was still pleased with the run anyway.

In the end I ended up missing my long 5-hr bike ride. and ended the week at 10:44 hrs of training.

Since I have not been doing the last couple of long bike rides, my training fitness on TrainingPeaks has plateaued but I’m actually not upset about that. I would be happy to go into my Ironman with my current level of fitness.

Oh, and this past week BIB numbers were released. I am BIB number 3058 for my Ironman!