I start my Redman 140.6 training this weekend. 17 weeks. September 21 will be here before you know it, but will I be ready?
I mean I am going to train hard. This is something I want, but there are more factors involved than just my physical fitness. One thing I really did not think of until recently was that Sept in OKC can still be really hot! After reading all the reports from IM TX and how people were dropping like flies from the heat, it got me wondering. I mean TX in May is as hot as Aug and Sept, but OKC can get warm too. I know I will have plenty of chances to get in workouts in the heat, but I have to figure out if that is the smartest way to do it.
I also did a second look over my training plan. I used the custom plans over on BT.com. I based my workouts on the following criteria. Swimming a 1:55/100 pace, biking 16 MPH average and running a 10:00 pace. I have no idea if that will actually be true on race day...
I also based the plan on doing 3 bikes a week (a short, medium and long) 3 runs (short, medium and long) and 2 swims (med and long) per week, or basically doing something everyday. the plan does have some scheduled rest days worked in.
Overall, the weekday workouts look totally doable. The weekend workouts are going to hurt. Only because of the long rides, the runs are manageable as the longest run on the schedule is 15 miles! Where else but IM training would one say, "it's only 15 miles!"??
All my workouts will have a design behind them, it is simply not just go run 5 miles or swim 1800 yards. There are lots of drills.
It is going to be an interesting next few months. I know I cannot hit all the workouts due to travel and life (I have a family, job and other things going on) but if I did, I would be looking at these numbers between June and September.
Swim: 60 miles
Bike: 1780 miles
Run: 312 miles
Yeah, it is doable, but I'd be lying to you all if I said I was not a little nervous about taking on this distance. I am sure I will blog about my doubts, but never mistake it with me backing out. This blog is just my way of expressing myself (something I am not that great at in words, but I know I am typing words, but I mean that I that great at talking those words...see what I mean?)
I thought about titling this post "It Just Got Real", but triathlon has always been real for me. Instead, my journey to IM has been a long one and I have come a long ways. It keeps getting better, and I can't wait to cross that line!