Ironman Game Plan

And just like that, we are half way through week 2 of training for our first Ironman.  Early on, I knew the only way I was going to be successful was to find a "game plan" and stick to it. Unfortunately, hiring a coach was financially not an option for us. I felt like some of my mediocre results at previous triathlons resulted from first not having a plan, and later, not sticking to a plan. After some research, I felt confident that the Be Ironfit plan would get Jason and me to the finish line. I decided to start with the competitive plan, and if it gets to be too much, I can always back down to intermediate later.

So far, I really like the book’s approach and time-saving tips. Our workouts are structured by time rather than distance, so it is easier to plan out our week ahead of time.  The plan also starts out at a very reasonable 6 hours a week. This has been tough, as we were so anxious to start training, and now that we have started, I am so motivated, I feel like I want to do more! But I know as the plan starts to progress, and we get into the 16 hour training weeks, I will look back on this time with envy!
Late night trainer rides
As for Jason, he has been working 16 hour days, 7 days a week, since we started. I’ve been super proud of him for getting up at 4:30 every morning to head to work but still hopping on the trainer til 9:30 at night to get it done.

The zone training has also been a learning curve. We are training in zone two for first base phase-10 weeks. Zone two feels excruciatingly slow-my runs average about 12 minute miles right now. But the quick recovery is wonderful!

Round and round Bass Pro Shops we go!
Ultimately, I am so happy not to have free-floating anxiety about what to train and whether I am doing enough. If I have something I want to do in 15 weeks, I can look at my agenda and know exactly what I will be training that day, and whether I can squeeze something else in. For someone who overthinks EVERYTHING and easily stresses about the smallest issues, this is invaluable!

Week 1.... OCD much?

 I am completely trusting in the plan, and knowing that I just have to do what is says and I WILL have a successful day come October 9th.

I’ll continue to keep y’all updated with my thoughts on the plan and how my workouts are going. In the meantime, what’s worked for you? What plans have you liked, not liked? When did you know you were ready to hire a coach?


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