Thursday, February 18, 2010

Iron UP

Everything is looking ok to get our house in greenville sold. Closing is still lined up on schedule. We are still fighting some mortgage stuff and still trying to find the right house to buy. And still haven't figured out how to not be homeless for a few months. Nothing like living in a van down by the river!

Training is going pretty well. I'm still on the fence about the march 21st marathon. Kelley wants me to do it, but I"m pretty sure she just doesn't want me to pester her about another marathon later in the year. I hit the triple today: yoga before work, a 10 mile hilly bike ride over lunch, and 4 miles of speedwork on the treadmill after work. It really felt good to get some treadmill intervals done today. Running hasn't been agreeing with me very well since the tybee race. But tonight I felt fast and fluid.

Yesterday had just one workout, a 1250 yd swim. Supposed to be a mile, but I had to get back to the office for a meeting so I cut it down to only 50 laps in the pool. Tuesday we had a company meeting, followed by a drunken company barhopping. So all I got done was some yoga before work and a 4 mile tempo run over lunch.

Fear not, I hit the trifecta again on monday though. Tripower before work, 1000 yd swim (fast 100 yd intervals) over lunch and a 21 mile bike ride after work that was tempo. very good day (for a monday). Tomorrow's lunch swim should finish off the week nicely.

So why am I finally posting an actual training log up here? What's missing in that messy log? Well for starters I'm missing a long run. I might try and run some while I'm in Greenville this weekend. But monday it begins.

Iron Week. My target is to complete the Ironman distances - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run - all in one week. Yes I know next year I'm going to do it all in one day. But I won't have to work that day either. This is going to be a fun challenge.

Why next week? It's the only time I have left in the schedule for a 20 mile long run. The marathon is almost here. So I can attack the run game with a 6.2 mile tempo run and a 20 mile long run. Actually, here's the plan:

Monday - 1250 yds (50 laps) swim, 45 mile bike
Tuesday - 15 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Wednesday - 1 mile swim (76 laps 1760 yrds), 20 mile bike
Thursday - 15 mile bike, 17 mile bike
Friday - 1250 yds (50 laps) swim
Saturday - 20 mile run

The first workout is over lunch each day. Friday night one of my company's owners has invited us to his house for dinner (I hope there's carbs!) - and he did Ironman CdA a few years ago. So he knows. Since Kelley is coming to raleigh for the weekend I will be doing the long run here on saturday, not thursday night like I normally do.

So that gives me 4400 yards in the pool, and ironman distance is 4224 yards. covered. Normally I only do 1000 yards monday and friday, so what's an extra 10 laps right? 112 miles is exactly 112 freaking miles on the bike. I might extend the monday night and tues/thur lunch rides by a few miles each so I won't have to go back thursday night for the last 17 miles. And the 10k run on tuesday and 20 mile run on saturday will finish off the marathon distance. That's a full week people. A very full week. It's going to take a lot of good food and good fuel to get it all done. I bet there won't be much sleep trouble though.

So I'm going to take what I just called a full busy week's worth of workouts and try to do that all in one day next year??? I think taking 2010 as an Ironman Prep Year was the right call.

I'm not sure what's more surprising.... that someone actually listened to my drivel advice or that it actually worked. Tyly is actually blaming me for trying her first 5 mile run yesterday. She did it - setting a personal distance record and beat her time goal. She's also getting married in a month and building a house, and I'm enjoying stalking her (if you haven't seen her blog yet it's pretty neat). She deserves a thumbs up pic! I's proud of ya girl!

Now after Ironman week..... I'm going to try and post every day next week to track the progress. Anybody else feel like taking an Iron Week this year? I'm really getting excited about the concept. Have a great weekend!


Badgergirl said...

Can't wait to hear how Iron Week goes! Good luck!

* Tyly * said...

A thumbs up picture just for me?! Awesome! Thanks! :)

Good luck with the house stuff and Iron Week! I am a loyal follower, so I can't wait to hear all about it!

Amanda said...

Good luck with Iron Week! I'm glad we're not the only ones going to be living in a van down by the river..or maybe a tent...or a cardboard refrigerator box:) No really, I hope it all works out for you guys.

GeorgiaSnail said...

I will do the running portion of IronWEEK with you...I still need to get a bike....

Wes said...

That's an epic week! Just don't hurt yourself. K?

Amanda said...

nice work. an iron week on top of all the other "life" stuff you have going on is quite the accomplishment.

Lisa said...

Have a great iron week.

have you thought about maybe one of those extended stay places while you are homeless? cheaper than a hotel, less inconvenience to the family, no long term commitment like an appartment. just a thought...

Missy said...

That's a great way to break it down. I love that. It'll be great. Tell me which week and as long as it's not a recovery week (I don't give those up for anyone), I'll post along wif ya.

Havs said...

Hey, nice workout #s. I don't know how you fit it all in during an average work week! Props to you!!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I'm feeling quite lazy after reading that!

Laurel said...

Oooh, Iron week! What a good idea.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good luck!! I know you can do it. Will be challenging. Can't wait to hear how it all goes - esp that 20 mile run on Saturday. When you get into those long distance runs it seems like they can be so hit/miss. When I was training for my marathon, some long runs felt fantastic, others kicked my arse. Hope this one goes fantastic for you!

Enjoy all the carb loading you'll be doing this week!!

Jess said...

I think doing an Iron Week is an awesome challenge. Can't wait to follow along with your progress! Good luck!!!