|January 2011 Totals:|
|Bike:||16h 29m - 286.03 Mi|
|Run:||8h 15m 25s - 57.05 Mi|
|Swim:||15h 43m - 36150 Yd|
|Cross-Country Skiing:||1h 00m|
|January 2010 Totals:|
|Bike:||7h 37m - 127.74 M|
|Run:||9h 30m 35s - 69.20 Mi|
|Swim:||11h 40m - 22150.00 Yd|
I still have plantar fasciitis which is affecting my running. I have been doing lots of stretching, icing and exercises, but I still have soreness and tenderness when running more than 3 or 4 miles. I am getting more and more concerned. I was hoping to do a couple of races like the Frost Bite (last month), Partners in Pain and Snake River HM, but the way things are looking I will probably have to pass on those.
As far as training is concerned, I am certainly training differently than I was for Troika (half iron distance) last year. For Ironman, I am actually following a training plan. I decided to skip masters swim in January and February, I am not sure if/when I will go back to masters. I am swimming solo at the gym and I have been happy with my workouts there and the flexibility that comes with that.
Additionally I have learned a lot about Ironman training and about myself. A few observations that come to mind not in any particular order:
1. Training is on your mind ALL the time.
2. January is a significant date for us folks training to do Ironman CDA . It seems the clock starts ticking at this point. If you don't start training, you are falling behind!
3. I shower more at gyms than I do at home!
4. It has been COLD here in Spokane, hence most of my training is done indoors on the bike trainer or the treadmill.
5. Last weekend I rode 2:45 on the bike trainer, the longest I have ever done. This weekend my plan calls for 3 hours...ouch!
6. While on the bike trainer, watching something on TV makes ALL the difference.
7. Triathlon can be expensive: bike, cat eye for bike, wet suit, wheels (hopefully), new shoes etc.
8. Family support and flexibility is crucial. A BIG thanks to my wife for taking on more responsibility when needed!
9. One of my goals while training is to think about the race more. While riding, I need to envision the race. The same for running and swimming.
My swim is my limiter and I really want to improve on it. Yesterday my plan called for a 2500 yard swim, no warm up or cool down. I was a bit nervous about this swim. I even considered doing a different swim, but I figured it would be a good time to see where I am at. I swam a nice comfortable pace and tried to glide as much as I could. When gliding I have to hold my breath longer and keep my chest/head further in the water. In the end I was real happy to have completed this swim in 38m 26sec which is at a pace of 1m 32s /100 yards. February is off to a great start! Happy Training!