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 26 – October 21 – October 27 2019

The previous week was one of my best training weeks, but this last week of training has got to be among my most disappointing.

First, the best workout has got to be my long run on Saturday. It went great. I ran the first 12 miles without taking any walking breaks. I ran/walked the last mile to end the run at 13.1 miles. My average pace for the entire run was11:52 min/mile. I will take that any day!

For the remainder of the week, there were two factors at play:

1) I was traveling for work and that makes it challenging to do all my workouts. It’s not that I didn’t have the time. It is just always a little bit harder
2) My motivation these days has been at an all time low

For my swims, I started off as normal, but on my first day swimming in the hotel pool, I got to about 400m when a kid came into the pool. I know he would have seen me swimming laps and there was plenty of space in other parts of the pool. but he seemed to insist on playing right in my path. I almost swam into him a couple times. I ended up cutting that workout short. On my next swim day, I just got tired or bored of swimming and ended the workout after swimming juts over 1000m. My motivation just isn’t there!

All my runs were done as planned, but I had to run/walk while running in FL. The heat and humidity was tough.

My long Sunday ride was disappointing. Due to the weather and a family commitment, I had to start my long ride around noon. While I planned to do a 5 1/2 hr ride, I decided to abandon it after just over 3 hrs. I could have gone more, but just the thought of sitting on the bike for another 2 1/2 hrs was not appealing.

I don’t know if this is normal, but I am so ready to stop training!

Now, to make matters worse, I think I may be getting sick. For now, it’s just a congested feeling in my chest but it’s something to keep an eye on.