So yeah, I'm serious now.
JUST KIDDING!! I didn't actually register for it. I did consider it though. Ultimately I decided to play it smart and have time to ramp up safely, given my ongoing IT band trouble. Thank god for that, because if I was 100% healthy right now I probably would have pulled the trigger on that registration and I don't think that would have been that wise. (On the other hand, if I hadn't had knee trouble I wouldn't be biking or swimming in the first place...)
So here's my current "big picture" plan:
- Now: Skill and strength.
- 2014: Half Ironman (Steelhead 70.3 in August)
- 2015: Full Ironman!! (Wisconsin 140.6 in September)
- 2016: I have a thought on this but better not write it here because I'll probably change my mind anyway.
It's a really zoomed out view. :)
Here's a little more detail on the "now". I'm continuing to lift regularly to build strength to help support my IT band/knee and help cushion against new injuries later, when my training volume increases. Running has been improving. I'm really focusing on my form while running. Specifically, I'm trying to land my feet under my center of mass (no more overstriding!) and increase my cadence. It seems to be helping. I am up to a 7 mile long run and an 18 mile week. That's huge, compared to where I've been recently. I'm in a swim class to work on my technique and increase my comfort level. I'm biking twice a week, getting to know Robin a little better, but not really focusing on speed at all. I plan to do some spinning classes over the winter.
|Bike grease. I don't really know how it got there. Lifting the bike up onto the car I guess. Yes, I'm flexing my quads for the photo. Sue me.|
I meant to swim yesterday but got stuck in front of the TV instead and couldn't seem to pull myself away. So today I did my 7 mile run (8am) then went straight to the gym, lifted for 45 minutes, did a 30 min abs class (10:30am), and then swam for 45 minutes. Saturdays are awesome. I love working out, and that's part of the reason I'm not worried about training for an Ironman. I'm sure I'll have weeks where I feel burned out, but overall, I think I'll like it. I like to go long, but not super intense. A match made in heaven. :) The only thing I'm worried about is my work schedule, since this 40 hrs/week day shift thing hasn't been ideal for my workouts. Evenings might work better, so I might ask to go to that. I would ask for 32 hrs/week in the 6 months leading up to the race, but apparently they haven't been approving those requests on my current unit. We'll see.
I've been trolling the interwebs for everything from tattoos to hotels to coaching. I booked a hotel for 2014 IM Wisconsin to go out and volunteer for it. It's a great year to volunteer because I know 5 people doing the race that i can cheer for! Perfect.
I actually read somewhere about someone who got the tattoo before they even did the Ironman, as a way to hold themselves accountable and make sure they actually did it! Crazy! I'm not that brave! Especially since my track record for meeting goals recently isn't so hot. We all know how that "13x13.1 in '13" thing went! (Hint: I've been stuck at 5 since June).
Oh, here are my two favorite running tunes right now, in case you needed some songspiration!
One Republic : Counting Stars
Awolnation: Wake Up
(You have to ride this one out to the chorus).