Today officially begins my 24 week Beach to Battleship Full Iron Distance training plan. I am really looking forward to getting back to an entirely structured training plan. The only thing I am not exactly looking forward to is getting up at the butt crack of stupid again. This time around I am looking at at least two days during the week of doubling up as well as doubling up both days on the weekend. I am using Level 6 of the Triathlete Magazine Week by Week Training Plan guide. As Part of the plan, I will be racing the South Carolina Half again this year.
The last few weeks have been slightly unproductive as far as training goes. Between school projects, finals, and our hospitals Joint Commission inspection. Needless to say training suffered. Now that all is done, it should be smooth sailing where training is concerned.
I have had mixed results dealing with my running difficulties. I think I have find the root cause of my problems. I have mentioned (too many times) about my tight hips. After reading a few yoga-related articles I have found a series of stretches for dealing with tight hips. I have been practicing these stretches almost nightly and I can see some slight improvement. From what I have read, fixing these types of things can take a long time.
On Saturday, I did a test run to see how my running is going. The first long run next weekend is 80 minutes so I wanted to see how 60 minutes felt. Because I am likely to be run-walking the run portion of the ironman, I am building it in to my training. For the first half I walked a minute after every mile and then the second half I walked a minute after every half mile. While it was slow and I only averaged 11:49/mile, my legs felt good. As I work out the kinks in my legs, I hope to be able to only take walk breaks on the mile. The speed and hill work in the plan should help me build some strength and speed in my running.
Today I suffered through a 5K. It was hot and humid. Initially my legs felt good. At about 1.25 miles in I started having to tell myself I was not going to walk. By 1.5 miles i started to take walk breaks. I think I didnt stretch enough last night and I didnt warm up at all so my legs were tight. I ended up finishing in 32:34 which was an avg of about 10:30 per mile. With walk breaks that wasnt too bad, but still disappointing. On an interesting note, as I sprinted to the finish line, I registered my highest HR ever (at least highest accurate one) at 200. What really ticked me off, (besides walkers at the front, walkers on the left side, and those with strollers) was as I am being pushed through the corral, trying to catch my breath, some old guy is trying to shove a flyer for another race in my face.
As it gets closer to race day, I will disclose what I have in mind as far as goals. Obviously my most important goal is to simply finish. Beyond that, I have a few different time goals in mind, but I wont disclose them till I know that they are more realistic based on my long rides and bricks.
I also hope to be more active with my blogging now that I am training full force. Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend