Catching up

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!

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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!

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