Monday, December 31, 2007

Iron Week 25

Merry Christmas - that about sums up Week 25 on the countdown to Ironman. Pools were closed, Mrs. Bigun was off of work, excuses, excuses. But, we all get Christmas Bye's this week - hope everyone had a gluttonous week like me. Now I'm ready to throw away all the cakes, brownies (no! not the brownies!) banana breads and other most excellent treats and get back to eating healthy.

My short term swim goal is to do a 4 x 500 meter set (in a 50m pool) with each 500 under 11 min. I came close this week, coming a total of 57 seconds over the 4 intervals from getting it. The swim coach at my pool offered to film me a little on Monday to see what form tweaks we can make. Only swam a total of 4100 meters this week, but with the pool closures, I can't hardly complain.

I actually got 2 bike workouts in this week for a total of 100 miles. My long ride of 62 miles was the longest I'd been on a bike since October, but at 17.5mph average, it was a nice ride. Well, I made it a little bit challenging by staying in my 12 gear for the whole ride, even when the wind picked up. I stayed in the 'base' heart rate range for over 3 hrs, so the ride really was a complete success.

Running this week was not as good as prior weeks. I felt slow and heavy all week, my longest run being a 10 miler. I bricked on Sunday trying to make up for my lack of mileage, and tacked on 8 miles to the long bike...but my total of 23.5 miles is short of my "over 30" goal.

One more hard week in the cycle, then a welcome easy week coming up. I'm gonna make sure I get my running in - only 6 weeks until the Marathon!

10 comments:

Spokane Al said...

Pool closures, holidays with friends and family, food - all suitable reasons to back off just a bit during this special time of year.

I am like you - my goal is at least 30 miles per week of running.

The Scott Family said...

At least you have a bit of time to make up for your glutenous week. I've only got 4 days till race day to try to shed the 7lbs I've put on :( .... and I've yet to start official carbo-loading :) What a cruel date for a race :(

The filming of your swim sounds a good idea. That'd be interesting. Are you going to post it on the blog with comments from your coach so we can all pick up a few tips??? :)

Good luck with getting back in the groove ready for your marathon.

Tri-Dummy said...

"I felt slow and heavy all week."

Don't you feel this way every week?

blink140pnt6 said...

Your not gonna take that crap from dummy are ya Bigun.

Loooks like a pretty good week to me.

Shelley said...

Happy New years to you and your family !!

Curly Su said...

happy new year!

Duane said...

Happy New Year!

Lana said...

Dang - 100 miles on the bike would make me feel heavy on the run, too! You're doing great! Oh - and I meant to tell you - I enjoyed watching you and Di decorate your Christmas tree - that was too cool! Happy New Year!!

Steve Stenzel said...

Happy New Year!! Good luck with the workouts!!!

supalinds said...

That is a great week, considering it was christmas and all!