It’s official! There’s exactly one month to go until Ironman Florida!
I feel like Ironman training comes in different stages…
First there’s the commitment stage. This happens a full year in advance when you register for the race. This stage is easy because you still have a year (which is practically an eternity, right?) to train. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet how much time training will take from your life.
After that there’s the base-building phase, where you start casually building up the miles in each sport. This is the fun stage because you know you’re working towards the goal, but the time commitment isn’t there yet.
A couple months after that there’s the training phase, where you start the 24-week plan you found online. This is is the phase when it all starts to sink in. It’s when you start to question your abilities and time committed to training. You refuse to check out the final phase in the training plan because reading realizing you’ll eventually spend 7 hours on a bike just seems impossible. Gulp.
Finally there’s the peak stage of training when you’re just ready to do the darn thing. You’ve had 11 months of build up and have put your blood, sweat, and tears in it. You’ve already done a century and gotten a couple of good runs in. You’re tired of spending time away from and family and just want to race.
I’m at that point in training – I’m just ready to race. 😉
Through every training phase, there’s one thing in common – the Ironman is ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT IT. It’s also all you can talk about and all that anyone can ask about. How’s training going? Are you nervous? When’s the big day? How’s your nutrition plan? Have you tried XYZ yet? Honestly, I forgot what other people talk about besides Ironman training.
I’m going to miss talking about training (seriously, what else am I going to talk about now?), but I’m not going to miss the time away from my husband, the cold showers at the pool, the 5:00am alarm clocks, etc….
I had one of those cold showers this morning.
As the season drags on, the pool is steadily growing colder and colder each morning. (the showers are too). There’s no greater motivation for the season to be over than a cold pool. brrr… I’m so glad I don’t live up north. I’m such a wimp when it comes to cool temps!
I still have two more phases to hit with training: taper and race day. I’m looking forward to both. I just have to get through the next two weeks and I’ll be there (my last long bike is this week, but my last long swim and run are next week).