Ironman Arizona training has started already and the first week was not easy to say the least. Hill work plus speed intervals plus temperatures reaching the 90s and humidity at a bazillion percent and you have the recipe for a tough week.
All that being said I am very excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak. Getting long rides in and working on my goals for IMAZ has been invigorating. I am using Jeff’s tips on getting rid of my Speedfil and using only water bottles on the bike. With a 3 loop course on the bike this should be somewhat easy to do. I am going to have my torpedo upfront along with a cage on the down tube. Lastly I am going to put one cage on the saddle to hold a bottle of water so I don’t have to stop at every aid station on the bike.
Also my nutrition is changing as well. I am still going with EFS Liquid Shot Kona-Mocha (800 calories in two bottles) in the torpedo but my down tube water bottle will have Herbalife24 Prolong (750 calories) coupled with Herbalife24 Prepare. This mix is great because it provides me with calories and has a mango taste which coupled with the Kona-Mocha will make me feel as if I am at brunch rather than a 112 mile race. The remainder of calories needed will come from two HoneyStinger waffles (160 calories per waffle for 320 total calories.) This combination will give me a total of 1870 calories (~ 300 calories per hour) and no need to stop at special needs on the course. The difficulty will be the timing. I am used to drinking every 15 minutes and will continue to do so but will now need to include water in the rotation. Nothing too difficult to do but it will take practice getting it right.
The nutrition and hydration on the run will not change from Ironman Texas as I felt great the entire run. My one goal is to train at a higher heart rate since I plan on racing at a higher heart rate. The higher bpm will not be difficult to achieve with the weather being what it is in the summer here in Texas. Of course with the higher temps will come slower paces, but focusing on heart rate is what I need to do. Reading this post from my Spidey-Twin Maria Simone (we are born 1 day apart) of No Limits Endurance Coaching will help in re-enforcing this thought process. Every summer I complain that my paces are slower and it isn’t until August that I realize the weather is what is causing this issue and I’m not magically slower.
Now for the swim……oh the swim. I am seeing some great swim times from folks racing right now and I long for those days. I know that I swam slower because I went without a wetsuit at IMTX but that does not make me feel better. This is one discipline that I need to and will get better at. I am going to an OWS clinic on Wednesday evenings to get the practice in. As they say, practice makes perfect.
Here are my stats from Week 1 and it looks like the percentages compared to IMTX training are right in line……Thanks Coach!
DON’T WORRY VIDEOS WILL BE MAKING THEIR WAY BACK TO THE BLOG AS WELL…..HAHA!