It’s week 1.
I wasn’t sure until this week that I was going to register for Ironman, so I didn’t have a training plan. After registering (and catching my breath), I took to my calendar and immediately started penciling in “my routine.” Strength on Tuesday, cycling class on Wednesday, rest on Thursday, run Friday morning… “Oh my gosh! What am I doing? I don’t know how to swim!! (or at least not like a real swimmer does!) I have got to switch this up and get some pool time. And I have got to increase my volume. I can NOT let a monthly just slip on by. Then I’ll be down to 11 months with nothing to show for it!”
I panicked. So I penciled in swim time on Wednesday morning.
And I planned out 6 hours of workout time. It’s time to steadily increase. I feel like I’ve got to build my volume up to 10-12 hours a week over the winter – so I’m ready to go into those final 6 months of training.
Week 1 –
Sunday – Bucktown 5k (Got a PR! So that was fun); ran there and back = 1.5 hours (Then drove up to Madison, visited with friends, and volunteered for 4 hours at Ironman Wisconsin!)
Monday – Registered for Ironman. That’s enough for today!!
Tuesday – Strength class = 1 hour
Wednesday – Planned a half hour in the pool. It was terrible – more on that here – got out after 15 minutes. Cycling class = 1.25 hours
Thursday – off
Friday – Ran 4 miles = 40 minutes
Saturday – Cycling class + 40 minute run = 1.75 hours (yes I rounded up)
TOTAL = 6 hours
Okay, now I’ll break the hours down by sport because my Coach told me that I don’t want to just willy nilly (she used more technical terms) increase my volume. You want to ideally increase in each sport by 5 to 10% each week. Ah…yes, this makes sense. We’ll see if I have!!
S (swim) = 15 minutes (Ugh, I have GOT to change this!)
B (bike) = 2 hours
R (run) = 2.75
W (weights/some kind of group strength class) = 1 hour