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Friday, May 1, 2009

Panic: only three full months of training to go!

I can't believe it's May already, time just flies by.

I had a brief panic attack when I realized I'm only 4 months from Ironman! That's only three months of training, followed by a month where I'll be training but tapering.

A quick run-down of where I am at:


I've been mostly doing technique work in my swim sessions up to now, and I feel like I'm sliding through the water much better, and my balance has come a long way. I'm following the idea that pool time is primarily for practicing swimming, not neccessarily leaving feeling like I've had a great work-out.

Next steps:
  • 2000m test to see where I'm at
  • Use one of my weekly sessions to focus more on increasing swim endurance
  • Open water swims with tri club starting early June

I just switched to using my road bike outdoors (rather than indoors or mountain biking), but I have a much better base than I normally would following the off-season. All that trainer time really paid off this year, I feel like I'm in great shape.

Next steps:
  • Increase mileage - long ride to increase to 100k in the next month
  • At least 2-3 rides of 150k+, probably one in June, two in July.


I built up to 30k for the Around the Bay race in March. Since then I've been maintaining a 20k long run, as well as at least one other more challenging (hilly) run in the 10-15k range per week.

  • Increase LSD from 20K to 25-27k, gradually
  • Maintain the 10-15k hill run

What, me worry?

I'm confident I'll be ready.

My swimming is under control. I've become a competent and consistent swimmer, and having done 1900m in December gave me the confidence that 3800m will be within reach.

The bike is where I have the most experience and the most confidence. I've built up to 160km two years in a row without issue, 100km has become routine, so I don't anticipate any issues with the training.

And I'm running better than ever, and more injury free than ever. I've already covered the longest distances I anticipate running in training, so it's just a matter of keeping it up and not hurting myself.

Ironman, here I come!

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