Ironman Training 18 weeks out

I don't typically blog on the weekends, and I've been told by many that they read my blog when they get to work in the mornings, so if you haven't seen that I did blog this weekend, here are Saturdays and Sundays blogs (Creating Excuses for Bad habits & Weekly Round Up #2)

I was counting by the months because it was so far away-6 months, 5 months! 

Now, we are so close that I'm just like "Oh dear Jesus, let's start counting in weeks to make this more real." I can't even believe it. 

I typically do a marathon training cycle for 4 months so I won't officially hit that point until 2 more weeks so that makes me feel a little bit better, but I know the time is going to fly by. I would be lying if I didn't say that training was a lot, but I also have a lot of other volunteer work and responsibilities along with my business so of course, it just all adds up. I'm also NEVER EVER EVER wanting to complain about busyness. I actually don't like that very much when people do that, so I'm just talking about the ins and outs of training here and the logistics of that. Everyone is busy. Everyone has responsibilities and obligations, and I don't even have kids, so you mommas ROCK! Okay, moving on.

I had a weird week last week like I'm sure we all have of just like "Blah let's just get this over with" when normally I look forward to training. I'm feeling very different this morning so I'm hopeful that was just an off week. I think putting the week count helped me because it shows me how very close we are and how exciting that is. I always love to envision the finish line during all of my big workouts, and how much that is going to mean to me. Oh man, I'm just so excited. 

I also want to touch on the fact that ANYONE can do this. I am not special. I am not extraordinary. I don't have some slot in my life where I had all this ample time. I just simply decided "this is the year" and I leaped and signed up. I knew it was now or never (well that's probably not true but I knew it felt right for this year). I felt that I had built my nervous system to be able to handle higher mileage situations just from the slow progression into endurance sports that I've been doing. I know now that no matter what, I'll finish because I've went through bad situations that I've come out of which gives me confidence in the future. I know that if I just take that one extra step, I'll keep moving forward. It might take me ALL DAY but I'll get there and that gives me confidence and excitement in training. 

Last week, I also did have this weird fear with biking too. I'm not one to worry about that junk. I'm not going to live my life in fear, so all the bike crash crap that has happened in my past-it's in my past and I'm moving forward. However, bike crashes for almost everyone seem more like a "when" not an "if" and with 112 miles on the NC course and many many more miles than that in training, I just got nervous. I'm clumsy too on the bike, so that scares me as well. It's funny how everyone else is afraid in the water, and I could care less about that. It's the bike that gets me, but I think I also was envisioning my wreck last year (HEREs that recap), and I need to stop doing that. Someone was asking about it and I kept replaying how I was flying in the air and thinking that I was going to break every bone in my body. I'm hoping with more time in training, I'll keep getting better as I have to this point. I'm still slow though ;)

My coach typically schedules day to day, but he's going out of town so I got the full week in advance. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. HAHA! I typically get asked, so just to clarify, this is a website/app called Training Peaks that many coaches use.

I know this is hard to see, so I'll tell you what each day is: 

Monday-Short fast run, Bike Intervals (1 hour), Lower body 

Tuesday- Swim Intervals, Upper Body

Wednesday-60 minute easy ride, Easy Run 

Thursday-Long bike Intervals (90 minutes), Full Body (including squats and deadlifts)

Friday-Swim 1.2 miles, Short Run 

Saturday-2 hour easy ride, 5K off the bike

Can you tell the running is very minimal right now? ;) That will pick back up which will be interesting on the whole time thing? We already cut back to only 3 days of lifting (it was 4), and I'm still doing about 2 hours per day and then a little more on the weekends. Honestly though, that really just part of it. You can't truly train for an ironman and not expect to have a lot of training. I could eat, drink, sleep, train if I didn't have other responsibilities. HAHA! 

Okay enough of that-off to do client check ins! 





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