Its been nearly 3 and a half months since I last blogged… mostly because I have just been so busy! It turns out that training for an ironman takes a lot of time, and when you combine it with a reasonable amount of weight training there is really very little time for anything else! So where am I now? Well I am just under 4 weeks from my first half iron distance triathlon, and 11 weeks from the full. Seeing it written there in black and white makes it feel very real!
Surprisingly I actually feel like I will be ready for the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile ride, and 13.1 mile run that is waiting for me in Duluth Minnesota when I take on Superior man on August 24th, but the full distance still feels way beyond me at the moment. All triathletes have their strengths and its no secret that I am really a runner in triathletes clothing, however recently something weird has been happening and I have started getting faster and stronger on the bike… unfortunately that seems to be at the expense of my run times, and I seem to be averaging around 10 minute miles at the moment. Now this could be because its hot and humid in Ann Arbor at the moment, but this weekend I had an epiphany that to speed up by times what I really need to do is TAKE A REST DAY! Ive been training 7 days a week for about 3 months now so its not surprising that I was heading towards a crash. So my resolution this week is to take it a bit easier, have at least one rest day, and take at least two yoga classes. Then I can test the fruits of my labour at parkrun on Saturday morning and see if my 5km time improves!
Ill check in next week and write something about how my little rest experiment went but thats all I have for now… worth waiting 3 and a half months for I am sure you will agree!