It’s not quite a done deal… yet… but it may as well be (I just haven’t paid my entry fee yet). On June 24th I will be competing in Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.
For those of you who aren’t “in the know”, an Ironman 70.3 is 1.9 km swim / 90 km bike / 21.1 km run or 1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run (which adds up to 70.3 miles – clever eh?).
I’ve been training for a May/June Ironman since a week or so after The Goofy but I just hadn’t chosen one or signed up. But now Ellie has the time off work, I am gaining confidence and strength, and Coach Ben has set out the training schedule… so – why the hell not? I’m 40-years-old and not getting any younger.
Ironman training is pretty time consuming, which is why I have been reluctant to do it in the past. For example, this week:
- Monday: 60 minutes on the Bike (easy aerobic) and 30 minutes resistance training,
- Tuesday: 75 minutes swim (form drills),
- Wednesday: 60 minutes bike (power drills) and 30 minutes resistance training,
- Thursday: 75 minutes swim (form drills) and 45 minutes running (intense hills),
- Friday: 60 minutes swimming (slow endurance),
- Saturday: 3 hour run (slow endurance) and 2.5 hour bike (long hills),
- Sunday: Foam roll and Yoga.
I am no mathematician but that is an average of 90-100 minutes per day. Woo! That is pretty hardcore for a dude with a full time web job, a part time coaching job, a girlfriend and a life… ok, I don’t have a life – other than training for Ironman.
Stay tuned and I will try to be more diligent in updating this blog with my progress. You can also follow me on TrainingPeaks if you want… but their interface for observing athletes from the frontend is pretty poor so I will understand if you don’t.
Note – 2 days after this post was written I paid my entry fee – it is now officially official!