Monday, May 10, 2010

HIM Training Starts Way To Early!

I am not talking about me starting my training to far out before the race. I am talking about early as in early morning! I am really trying to stick to my plan, so if it calls for a swim/run combo workout, that's what I am gonna do!

So far, I have been getting up around 5:20 AM, so I can get everything in. Luckily, my wife has agreed to take the kids to school in the morning, which is something I never minded doing, but this frees up more time for me to train. I used to have a set time that I needed to be done, but not anymore! Thanks Baby!

This morning called for a 2500 yd swim, followed by a 40 minute run. More precisely, it called for this:

wu 6 x 100
main 4 x 400 (7:19, 7:24, 7:35, 8:26)
cd 2 x 150 pull

Then I changed and hit the dreadmill, because it was raining outside (no harden up comments please). There is no bigger buzzkill to an early morning workout, than to wake up and hear it raining outside. It makes it very hard to get up, but I was able to get up and get out the door.

Back to my run, for some reason, the stupid treadmill would only let me put in a max of 35 minutes, not 40 like the plan calls for, and remember, if it calls for 40, I'm doin 40! I had in my mind that I wanted to hit 4 miles on this run, so I pace accordingly. ( That maybe my new catch phrase...did you pace accordingly?) I hit the 4 mile mark at 34:18. The treadmill went into cooldown mode at 35 so I used the last 5 minutes for a cooldown. I think I thought the run would be easier than it was. 2,500 yards, followed by a run in training is something I had never done before.

I have 18 weeks and a few days before Ironman Branson, and I am going to be ready for it!


  1. You'll get no harden up comments here, especially when you are getting up in the wee hours of the morning in the pouring rain!

    Where the heck you guys putting that rain anyway? Haven't you had enough?

  2. ...great motivation and better self determintation! Go for it!!

    Cheers from Tokyo!

    "XTB" Xavi.

  3. Nice job! HIM training is a totally different animal than training for sprints and olympics. The way you are putting the large volume in NOW is gonna pay off HUGE dividends come race day. Stay consistent through your training and its gonna get easier!

  4. It has been raining and cold here for a few days too! I know what you mean...ick...the mill:( I have no doubt that you will be ready for your Ironman!

  5. Running on a treadmill makes you hard enough. It's akin to having your eyes burned out with a white hot knife. Well maybe not that bad, but you know what I mean.

    Stoked to have read this, will like to follow your progress for the next 18 weeks...

  6. You'll be glad you started getting used to early morning wake ups. I find it is the best time to train...nobody texting you, phoning, emailing, b/c they are all sleeping!

    The company I work for (new york life) is really big into volunteering as well. To me, that speaks volumes for our employers.
    Giving back feels way better than receiving.

  7. Wow, nice. An IM is not something I desire to complete. EVER. A sprint triathalon is the only thing I'd possibly consider...but swimming is really daunting/unappealing to me.

    Anyway, I'm excited to hear about your training journey!

  8. *Swimming competitively, I mean. Please note: I can swim.



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