Ironman Texas Training – Week 11?

Ironman Texas training is 11 weeks down…..I think!  I can’t keep track but I think that is the right number.  Last week was a huge week and break through week for me.

Training last week took up a total of 17.5 hours of my life and I loved every minute of it.  I am thankful that the zombie apocalypse did not happen until Monday when I could barely move my legs because of the 92 mile ride followed by 30 minute lactate threshold run I did the day before.  That ride was the longest ride of my ‘career’ and I smiled the entire time.  I was on a large portion of the Ironman Texas course and it is no longer as daunting as it once seemed.  I managed to ride the course at a 19.5 mph clip and felt strong.  My hydration and nutrition were spot on with 95% (guesstimate) liquid nutrition and 5% (Thank You HoneyStinger) coming from solid foods.

When I got home though is when the zombie hit.  I had to drive back from Conroe, Texas after that ride and it took me nearly 3 hours and when I landed I packed up my gear for the Monday workout so when 830p hit I was done.  Cooked.  There was no moving.  It was to the point that Karen practically dragged me into bed. Monday rolled around and getting in the water for what I figured would be a recovery swim was not true.  That was a session of yard after yard after yard of race pace swimming.  If you have heard it before I am going to say it again:  Ironman training is hard work.

There are rewards though.  Like knowing you can ride 92 miles at 19.5 mph.  Like knowing that you can throw down a 30 minute run right after that and cover 3.7 miles at an 8:00/mi pace.  Like knowing that the next day when you get in the water you can still hit your race pace times.  That is what Ironman training has done for me.  My confidence is sky-high right now and I need to bring myself back to earth as there is this ‘little’ race called 70.3 Ironman San Juan in two weeks that I need to be focused on.

The numbers to date are:

Weekly:

  • Swim – 5.5 miles
  • Bike – 164.3 miles
  • Run – 30.5 miles

February:

  • Swim – 23.2 miles
  • Bike – 476.7 miles
  • Run – 83.0 miles

Ironman Texas Training:

  • Swim – 56.7 miles
  • Bike – 1278.3 miles
  • Run – 296.7 miles

 


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  1. Jen says:

    Wow! What a week but congrats – you really are becoming the athlete you want to be by doing what you have to. Awesomeness.
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  2. marlene says:

    EPIC week! I can’t even wrap my brain around those numbers… one day, maybe! You are dominating your training and that’s going to show come race day.
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  3. Bob says:

    good job
    Must have been that Carrot motivation you saw
    19.5 sounds real familiar to me on that course…
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  4. Jeff Irvin says:

    Great numbers Jason. Can’t wait to watch you crush the IMTX course!

    That Montgomery ride is my favorite on the MS150 circuit. Kevin and I were jealous that you were out doing it as we were sitting on the deck of an Irish pub in Rice Village enjoying Guinness and the blue skies of the 70* day — okay maybe we weren’t THAT jealous!

    Did you just commit Jennie to a marathon?

    Awesome!
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    • CTER says:

      Trust me as I was rolling past those aid stations and seeing people scarf down Reese’s after Reese’s and cookies and whatever else they had in there I was jealous of them never mind you two sitting on a back porch enjoying the sun….haha!

      And absolutely just commited Jennie to a marathon. If I’m going down we are all going down. Take the ship, women and children all with me…..haha!
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  5. B.o.B. says:

    yay for spot on nutrition! that’s a HUGE success in my book. i am impressed you made it to 8:30. lol!

  6. Caroline says:

    next week we need to see a Duke shirt on the video…come on now…
    we need to get in the spirit it IS March !

    Triathlons numbers give me a headache…that is a lot!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. Kevin says:

    HAHAHAHA! This is my first VLOG viewing and I have totally been missing out!

    I didn’t realize this was your longest ride ever! That is awesome! You killed it out there.

    I wish I could make it back down to watch IMTX. Maybe I can get Jeff to live stream it for me.

    And totally what Jeff said about being jealous about missing the ride. It was a gorgeous day and would have been awesome to ride. The cold beer made it better though.

    I had the same thing happen to me on a ride where I did a 75 mile route followed by a 25 mile route. On the second loop, I slowed down to help some people who were studying the map. I told them where the next turn was and the guy looked at me like he didn’t believe me. I assured him that I had already ridden it and was sure of the course

    You forgot to mention your first burger joint in 11 months! ;)

    PS: I shared it with Jennie… she didn’t say “No”… haha
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  8. Hahaha. So I’m running a marathon now, huh?? Interesting how this all worked itself out! ;)

    It was great to meet you this weekend! Good luck with your training and upcoming races! :)
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  9. fun to watch you knock off milestone after milestone…nice job!

  10. Maria Simone says:

    Awesome week, Jason! Sleep is your friend – don’t resist it. Your body will adapt to the big weekends :) you are going to rock San Juan!
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  11. katie says:

    I can’t believe how close it is!!!!
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