Thursday, August 12, 2010

Early days in the new routine

Day 27 - 100 minute ride on trainer + 42 min 8.5km run

Total time on week so far 8h14m

I've always heard that it is far more likely to accomplish a goal when you write it down. It's even more likely if you share it and have others aware of your goal. I plan to take that one step further and try a social experiment and make the cyber world my de-facto task master / coach.

This represents my 4th consecutive week of training every day except my scheduled workout off Sundays (it's a Chariots of Fire thing). A month in to my new regime and I am about 10 lbs lighter and eating far healthier plus starting to look more like the lean and high strength to weight triathlete I need to be in order to make it to Kona.

For those that don't know, and actually care, it's a LOT harder to get this 40+ body back into shape than when I was 20 something. My wife and the younger kids have been away for over two weeks and I joked with her on the phone that she would come back to a lighter husband with 6 pack abs... Her response was laughter and a comment that in 20 plus years of marriage I have never had a six pack - ouch. It's true though.

So I turn to my cyber task master and training friends to help this 40 something working man with a childhood dream (when he was 14) to do Ironman Hawaii actually get there this time.

My goal this week was to ramp up to 15 hours of training (I never include weights and crunches etc as hours). I am only slightly behind schedule but a 2:30 hr day tomorrow and a 4:15 hr Saturday shoould do it.

While I would never recommend the ramp up I am doing (6 to 9 to 12 to 15 hours) its still less than last September's ramp to Ironman Florida (8 to 15 to 16 to 10 to 12 to 21 to 27). This is where the disclaimer says don't try this at home kids. Preventative ice treatments and strong efforts for 7.5 to 8.5 hrs sleep each day are critical, plus limited speed work during this fast of a valume ramp up.

However, I am looking forward to next weeks recovery week of 10 hours with a test run Olympic Triathlon on the 21st. And with that time to get to sleep!

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