Ironman Chattanooga Challenge (ICC) entered and completed its 6th week and with that KC and I are one week closer to the toeing of the line and jumping into the river to float downstream. We will not really float but with the amount of swimming the two of us are doing that might be the best solution for us.
Remember that the ICC is to showcase how two seasoned triathletes with multiple Ironman finishes train for the race. Since we are in different areas of the United States, different genders, different family/friend/work responsibilities you will see different types of training volume. We also have different strengths so while I may spend more time in the water, KC may spend more time on the bike. We are crafting our own way to the start and finish line of Ironman Chattanooga. I do not compare my volume to her’s and she is not comparing her training to mine. We are our own athletes with our own goals. This is true for you, the reader, as well and so while there are rules of thumb when it comes to training for an Ironman like make sure you swim, bike and run there is no one way to get there. Keep that in mind as you read what we are putting ourselves through and looking at your training schedule
Some of you may have already read part of this post on Facebook today, sorry for the repeat.
Week 6 proved to be much better than last week. I felt stronger and better rested. I took it a little slower on the runs this week and focused on building up the miles during the week. I also felt like I redeemed myself with today’s long run. I can erase last week’s crapiness from my memory bank now.
Today’s 20 mile run that turned into 22 miles was brought to you by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I also claim the title of The Running MacGyver. That wrapper you see in the picture above, saved my run too. My body Glide and jogbra failed me today folks, so around mile 7, I realized things were gonna get ugly, particularly in one spot. My quick thinking MacGyver skills kicked in (my Dad would have been so proud) and I began looking for a remedy, which turned out to be the candy wrapper. I carefully placed it between my skin and the jogbra and threw down the next 15 miles, no problem! For those not in the know, here is a link about MacGyver:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGyver
Overall, this week was pretty good. I’ll start throwing in the swimming in January. For now, until the end of the year, I’m enjoying the running, the night biking and the crossfit stuff a lot.
Upward and Onward!
Jason’s Week 6 Ironman Chattanooga Challenge
This week was the week from hell when it comes to driving. Dallas was hit with an ice storm on Friday of last week and with the temperatures being below freezing that means that ice did not really go away until Thursday. In 10 trips into the office I was stuck in traffic on 9 of them thanks to poor driving on the ice. It was horrible and with each passing minute the anger in me grew to rage. I had not planned on doing so many doubles but I needed a stress relief and when I would get near home I would either choose to go swimming or go and lift and do core. The benefit is that this gave me a way to structure my training for Rocky Raccoon and allow me to get in the pool, jump on the bike trainer and do some lifting and core work.
My training plan for Rocky Raccoon 50 is very run heavy with 6 days per week of running. The majority of the runs during the week are low mileage with Monday off. Wednesday is the long run day mid-week. Saturday and Sunday make up about 60% of the miles I put up. For example, this week I ran 57.4 miles with 31.45 between Saturday and Sunday. Trying to make sure that I am getting proper recovery I devised the following plan:
- Monday (Rest day from running): AM Swim; PM Bike Trainer.
- Tuesday: AM Swim; PM Treadmill run.
- Wednesday: AM Run; PM Bike Trainer
- Thursday: AM Run; PM Strength/Core
- Friday: AM Run; PM Swim
- Saturday: Long Run
- Sunday: AM Long Recovery Run; PM Strength / Core
My swims will be structured and between 1500 and 2200 yards because I am only going to be in the water for 30-45 minutes. I need to keep the structure of the swim this way because right now I am in no mood to get in the water but I know that I can do anything for 30-45 minutes and that will keep me motivated. The bike trainer sessions will be one hour-long with my heart rate in Zone 1 and not much more than that. Just pure spinning to keep the legs fresh.
My long runs on the weekend I am hoping to do on the trails. There will be days where I have to run them on the treadmill, like this past weekend. On Saturday do to responsibilities I ran 19.32 miles on the treadmill. You would have thought I shot the President the way people reacted to me on Facebook. When I thought about it I realized that these people are telling me not to run on the treadmill had no real reason for telling me not to run on the treadmill. I enjoyed running for three hours and getting lost in my own mind while also watching two movies. Had the people proclaiming that I should be outside could provide me with scientific evidence that running on the treadmill is WAY WORSE than running on the road then I would have delayed the process but in the end it was what I needed to do to get in the 19 miles and enjoy the day with my step-son having our Saturday morning breakfast before leaving to cut down our Christmas Tree.
Overall I am very happy with the way training is going so far. I had some issues during the first week of Rocky Raccoon training but have broken through that plateau and am now on my way to some very large volume weeks. As the volume increases I may have to make some adjustments to my training but that is what this is all about. Keeping your eye on the prize and making adjustments to get there.