Saturday, August 13, 2011

Time for some heavy lifting

I knew that at some point in training for an Ironman that the training would ramp up. I've been floating around 10-12 hours of training per week lately as it started consuming more time. Time is one of my most precious commodities.

In the next seven weeks I have on my calendar 3 formal century rides, one half ironman, one sprint triathlon, one half marathon and I'm considering adding a timed open water swim. None of this is with any sort of taper. Note that this only describes the weekend activities as there will be plenty of mid week workouts too.

One the one side of the equation, if I survive, I should be in decent mental and physical shape for my November Ironman. I'll have a good understanding of what I can do if I follow the plan.

Part of the goals for these races is to see if I can, in fact, follow the plan. I might not go as fast as I could but I'll be trial to dial in Ironman pacing and nutrition and follow the plan. That's my mantra these days: follow the plan. If I don't feel like doing the workout: follow the plan. If I want to do more, don't: just follow the plan. If there is heavy lifting, just follow the plan.

Part of the plan is success in November. Follow the plan.


Shannon said...

"Follow the plan" is a good mantra to have. :)

Unknown said...

That's a heavy might say, an "iron load"

Go for it!

Kate Geisen said...

That was my mantra for my first half marathon, which was also my best race yet. I'm looking forward to watching your journey with the plan. And jealous of the centuries. I'd planned to do one this summer. It would be my 3rd century but my first on a road bike. Unfortunately, bc of all the other fun things that have been attracting my attention, my longest mileage this summer is 33 miles (though my longest seat time is 4 hours on the mt bike)...not enough to be ready for a century unless I got on it. Oh, well, the adventure race is my big goal, and my training supports that.

April said...

It sounds easy....but it isn't!
I am also "following the plan".
Just praying it's the right plan.
Good luck to you!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I like, "Follow the plan."
I try to follow that while running. Sometimes mid-run, I really have to remember that and not deviate.

Good luck!

Caratunk Girl said...

Good mantra, it totally worked for me!