Time to dust off this blog. Over two years since the last post…
However I have good reason in that this week I’ve started my training leading up to Ironman Barcelona on 4th October 2015. For those that don’t know an Ironman is:
- 2.4 miles of swimming (in this case a sea swim)
- 112 miles cycling
- A regular sized marathon of running
All one after the other. The time cut off is 17 hours but at the moment I am optimistic and hoping to sneak in just under 12 hours. The motivation for doing it is no more than that I’ve really got into triathlon over the past couple of years, and I turn 40 in November, so why not?
I’m following a well known Don Fink training plan (the Competitive one from Be Iron Fit) that sees me swim, bike and run in increasing volume over the next thirty weeks. For context I’m a pretty decent swimmer having competed as a kid, have been doing a fair amount of cycling over the past five years but running is my weak point. At the height of my training I’ll be spending over 20 hours per week training on top of work and life! In fact it looks like this:
The two dips in volume are mini-tapers for my intermediate races:
- Pitsford Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday 12th July
- Ironman 70.3 Dublin on Sunday 9th August (a half distance Ironman)
Then it is into the peak phase before a taper down to the event itself.
I’m aiming to document regular updates on the training on this blog, but all the sessions will also be logged to my Strava account.
Finally, a few people have asked if I am doing this for a charity. The answer is no as this will be enough of a challenge without the pressure of reaching a target. However if you would like to make a donation then I’d love it to go to Debra.