It’s Wednesday, which means I only have 5 days until the taper, which is both exciting and absolutely horrifying, because it means race day is just 25 days away, DAYS, not months, not weeks, DAYS!
It also means it’s time for Ironwoman Wednesday with Jamie at From Couch to Ironwoman, Michelle at IronwomanStrong and me! We’re all training for Ironman Louisville, and are coming together every Wednesday to share our journeys and talk triathlon with all you other half and full Ironmen and women!
As race day approaches, we’ve actually been checking in with each other more frequently and I don’t know if they know it, but those quick check-ins are helping me so much! It’s truly been awesome to find some fellow Ironman hopefuls to share this journey with!
Today we’re talking Ironman Training Load. Quite fitting for peak week, which culminates with the heaviest exercise I have ever done in a 48-hour period: 110 miles of cycling, followed by a 40 min brick and a 20-mile run the next day.
Someone asked me yesterday if I feel ready for the race and I said, ask me on Monday, because this weekend is as close to the Iron distances as I’ll get before THE big day. At the same time whatever happens this weekend won’t change whether or not I’m ready…I’m ready, we’ve been training for months…this weekend will just give me a better idea of what I’ll look like when I finish….
Besides peak week, every other week of Ironman training has involved quite a training load. You workout 5-7 days a week anywhere from 1-8 hours in a day, sometimes twice a day, sometimes all day and that’s not counting all the non-workout activities that accompany your workouts.
A few weeks ago we talked about relationships, and all of us mentioned how our non-triathlete relationships have faded or were being neglected during training. It’s so much more than relationships…EVERYTHING not training, nutrition or recovery related has been neglected in my life!
Training for an Ironman is so much more than just doing the workouts. Training requires commitment, motivation, dedication, sacrifice, time-management, and a lot of patience with those around you, and with yourself.
I have loved every second of Ironman training, but when Michelle asked me a couple of days ago which Ironman I am signing up for next year, my answer was: none. I think I’ll probably do one again…I mean I am an endurance junkie and my marathon track record has shown that “never again” equals about 8 years…but I am looking forward to shorter race distances next year and a lighter training load.
A few months ago Pablo posted a list of things he misses during Ironman training, here’s my Top Ten Things I Miss Most During Ironman Training:
- A clean house…I actually miss cleaning! Ha, I bet that won’t last very long once I have time to clean, but right now, I do truly miss cleaning…
- Do-It-Yourself projects…I tried to keep up with these, but I basically have 10 unfinished projects just sitting around the house waiting for me to have some free time
- Not being hungry. Seriously, I am ready to be able to go out for more than 1.5hrs without getting hungry and needing to pack a lunchbox
- A smaller food budget. The biggest hidden cost of triathlons is your grocery bill! When I go to Costco, I bet people think I’m shopping for a family of 4, but no, it’s just the 2 of us!
- Sleeping in…yeah, I have rest days where I sleep in, but 7:30am is not really sleeping in.
- Staying up late WITHOUT experiencing negative consequences
- Watching TV on the couch…okay, maybe not…I kind of like watching TV on the trainer…but definitely reading books on the couch! I have mastered watching TV on the trainer, but reading…that just hasn’t worked out and I miss reading
- Hanging out with non-triathlete friends and having those friends over (I guess we could do that now, but between the dirty house and the early bedtime, we’re not very fun hosts).
- Non-swim/bike/run activities. I’m really looking forward to adding SUP Yoga to my routine, getting back to TRX, Yoga, Pilates, maybe some Kazaxe, rock climbing and hiking.
- Traveling…while I’ve managed to travel for a few conferences and during training weekends, I miss vacation traveling like lazy beach vacations or long hikes and of course Curacao! Oh, I miss home soooo much!
I’m sure there are also things I will miss once the training load lightens next week. There’s a reason I planned Ragnar and Marine Corps right after the Ironman. I want a lighter training load, not no load…that would be too much emptiness!
How about you? How do you feel about the Ironman Training Load? Are you loving it? Are you in off-season and do you miss it? Are you planning to start training and are you excited or scared or maybe both?
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