Monday, August 13, 2007

Iron Week 45

Well, it's about 45 Weeks until my first shot at Ironman. Lots of time. Right. I'm still working up a training schedule, and since today is a work "Admin" day, and I may not do any training either, I might have time to put some final touches on it.

So how was the week? Crummy stuff first - my weight is still 242lbs. Crimeny, I can't seem to get into the 230's and stay there. Of course, last year I was struggling at around 250 - 255, so I guess these remaining fat cells are entrenched. Dug in. I'll just keep chipping away, I guess. What else sucked? Running, that's what sucked! Only 5 miles - but hey, I got me some new digs! BEASTs - so in hindsight, I was taking it easy, breaking them in...yea, that's it.

Ok stuff - swimming. Put in all of 6,400 yds or so - most of that was a 3k swim on Sunday with Jetpack. I haven't swum in a 25yd pool in forever - felt like I was cheating. Did 500yds x 6, then watched him finish up another 700 yds. My right elbow still hurts, but I think that's a somewhat permanent thing - taking time off has not seemed to fix it. My goal has always been to average 6k a week, so that was good, but my Ironman goal is nearly double that, so I'll need to work that volume up a bit. ONE-O-ONE wise, a 3k swim is a good thing - with breaks between sets, I did it in 1:10, which is very cool...

Finishing on a good note, yep, it's all about the bike! I had a really good week of bike training this week! Tuesday was a 37 mile interval set, Thursday was my now-signature 42 mile pyramid set (awesome smoker btw), and Sunday I somehow finished a very, very slow 92 miler in some hills. It was extremely casual on the way up - Jetpack and I laughed it up the whole way... funny thing as the temps rose, and the wind picked up in our face - the way back really sucked! But, it was the first time I did a long Swim-Bike Brick like that, and the whole experience was pretty cool. Almost a good IM bike, and overall a great 101 training day.

14 hrs of training this week - the most I've ever done. I need another big week this week, then a nice taper before Chicago. I promise, more running this week!

8 comments:

tri-dogmom said...

sounds like a good week of training to me! 14 hours will seem like nothing here soon :-) I took 2 days off in a row this week. A full weekend of NOTHING. It was soooo weird... Funny how our mind & bodies get used to this stuff...

bigmike600 said...

That is a lot of biking. Let me know how you like the shoes. Same as I got. They have been good so far. 300 miles on them.

Brent Buckner said...

Good training numbers!

Lots of folks have difficulty dropping weight doing long slow distance training for IM. YMMV.

Dan Seifring said...

Dude 14 hours of training is a great week in my books. Keep up the great work.

J-Wim said...

Beasts for a beast .... sounds about right.
BTW- your weather pixie looks just like you, love the green hair - a nice touch!

S. Baboo said...

You know I keep pushing myself down to around 212 each winter. I even got down to 208 for a few days this winter but then the season hits and I work my way backup to about 220. It's like that is what my body wants to weigh. I'll just keep hitting it year after year and hopefully will be able to weigh a reasonable amount someday.

Dude, you are beginning to worry me on the bike. Why don't you calm down for a while, take a rest and get in some slow stuff…really slow stuff.

supalinds said...

Sounds like a great week of training to me. 46 weeks to go..yikes. Why you gotta put numbers on it like that. I want to go on in my ignorant bliss and pretend like it is years away. But it's coming, better get ready.
Keep up the good training.

Shawn said...

I hear ya about the weight. It seemed like forever for me to get below 240, then I was 239. Then again it took forever to get to 229, but I did it. Now I am trying for 219 and yes its taking forever!!!! Hang in there!