Ironman Texas Training – Week 12

Ironman Texas Training is pretty close to half-way done I guess.  The race is on May 19th and if we include two weeks of taper for it that means that means that 12 weeks out of 23 are done.  That is nuts and awesome at the same time.  I have been pulling myself back a lot to remember that 70.3 San Juan is this weekend and that my focus needs to be on that race and not what lies ahead in The Woodlands.

This past week was a low volume week as taper kicked in over the weekend with a lot less time training (4 hours total on the weekend which is less than the bike ride I did last Sunday.)  The week was a lot of speed work so the volume numbers are down but the intensity was taken up quite a bit.

I am ready for San Juan.  I have my goals etched in my head for each discipline and while they may be just outside of reach I think that with the proper mental pushing I can get my body to do what it needs to do to get there.  As they say…..that which does not kill me will only make me stronger.  I have put the time and work and energy into getting ready for this 70.3 and come Sunday it will be time to unleash the beast within.

I am going to be wearing Bib #994 (which I cannot figure out a good rationale behind the number but will before the gun goes off) and if you are interested in tracking me be sure to follow Karen through her Twitter handle @theladybaha.  She will be using an App on her iPhone that is said to be more up-to-date and quicker than Ironman Live.

Here are the numbers for the week and overall:

Week 12:

  • Swim: 4.89 miles
  • Bike: 81 miles
  • Run: 21.2 miles

Overall:

  • Swim: 60.1 miles
  • Bike: 1356.9 miles
  • Run: 333.6 miles

 

Lastly, I am doing a giveaway of the book You Are An Ironman.  You can read my review of the book here and if you so choose you can enter through the comments by leaving the following comment:  Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

** Contest will be open until 5pm CST on 3/23/2012 **

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  • Angela

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    Good luck this weekend!

  • http://stuffabout.me Patrick Mahoney

    Looking good…

  • http://marleneontherun.com marlene

    Can’t wait to see you pull out all the stops for this upcoming second half of your training. Also love seeing those total distance tallies for swim/bike/run. CRAZY (awesome) numbers.

    First, let’s rock that 70.3! I will be tracking you so no slacking off! (as if you ever would)

    And yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’ (please)!
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Thank you my friend. I can rig the giveaway if there is a Vega giveaway winning in my future…..LOL!
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  • http://journeytoahalfmaraton.blogspot.com/ Caroline

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    Good luck my friend!
    you are ready!
    I will be tracking you during the race!!!
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  • http://www.shutupandrun.net Shut Up and Run

    You are READY. Cannot wait to see how you do this weekend. Be sure to take lots of pics of PR. I’ve never been there.

    For some reason bib numbers always make me think of dates. That said, let’s look at 994 or September 1994. It relates to something you love.

    14th September 1994 : After 34 days of strike by Major League Baseball Players Association the acting commissioner for baseball Bud Selig has announced the cancelation of the 1994 Major League Baseball season. The strike was over proposals by owners for a players salary cap and lasted in total for 232 days .

    For what it’s worth, that’s all I got.
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      How you managed to skip this as just taking place in 1994 blows my mind:
      January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.
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  • http://serialsmartie.blogspot.com/ Erin

    Enter me for the drawing please!

    12 weeks out is good timing for a 70.3. I did Texas 70.3 last year, which was about 7 weeks out from IMTX. Used it as a long training day but managed to crush my previous TX 70.3 time by 30 minutes. Moving to the mountains + IM training, then racing at sea level will do that. Enjoy PR and the rest of your IMTX training!
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Erin – thank you for visiting and commenting.

      I see you are doing Ironman Boise 70.3. I am looking forward to 2013 and thinking of doing 70.3 Kansas at that time. Why did you choose Boise over Kansas at that time of the year?
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      • http://serialsmartie.blogspot.com/ Erin

        Couple of reasons…
        1) my husband is from Idaho and we have family in Boise. And we have family and friends racing Boise with me. This means my husband can hang with the family instead of sherpa’ing solo. And we then spend an extra week up there vacationing.

        2) the Boise course is AWESOME. My tri club is actually doing Kansas as their club race. I’m still doing Boise. Kansas is hot hot hot. With the Boise race starting at noon (which is weird – figuring out what to eat for breakfast is hard) that means your run is late afternoon/early evening. The run is entirely along the Boise river and has a lot of tree cover. Its an AWESOME run for a 70.3. Seriously, I won’t even do the Boulder 70.3 (which is in my own backyard) because the Boulder run is a sun-baked death march and the Boise run is WIN. (I hate racing in the heat, I’d much rather be a bit cold)

        The Kansas course and the Boise course aren’t too dissimilar. Boise’s swim is cold. Both bikes have rolling hills (Boise’s may be a bit larger in scale, I’m not sure). Boise’s run is infinitely better, mostly due to the lack of heat. Both places could be crazy windy. When I did Boise in 2010, we had 28-35 mph winds, mostly cross to head winds.
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        • TheLadyBaha

          OK – I think you have me sold on Boise as it is the same time of the year and will work well into my plan for races for 2013. Thank you for the information it is truly appreciated.

  • Brian

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    Another great post. Can’t wait for IM Texas. I will be out there Volunteering and it will be my first 140.6 in 2013.

    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Brian – it is going to be a pleasure to meet you out there. By the way we have reservations at Bucca Di Peppo at 4pm on Friday. If you and your wife care to join drop me a line at cooktraineatrace@gmail.com
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  • Jodi Newman

    Yes! Enter me please!

  • http://runthisamazingday.blogspot.com katie

    ooooh, you are so ready for this race! I’ll be sending you lots of GO GET IT ALREADY RUN FASTER!
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Trust me when I say that your words of RAWR and GRRR and HRMPH and RUDE will be there with me as I am doing the run and trying to get to that goal.
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  • http://www.runwithjill.blogspot.com Jill

    One day I will do an full Ironman, so the book would be excellent to read! So Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’ please :).

    You’re going to do awesome in San Juan (is that this weekend? If so, I’ll be racing with ya buddy!)….you have the focus and more grit than anyone I know! Good luck!!
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  • http://jen-eat4life.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    Please enter me in the drawing. Good luck this weekend!
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  • http://www.shutupandrun.net Shut Up and Run

    Please enter me in the You Are an Ironman book!!!!!!!!
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  • http://danglethecarrot.blogspot.com Jeff Irvin

    You are ready buddy! Go down to the motherland and kick the shit out of the course!
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Thanks Jeff. I owe a lot of thanks to you for your unlimited help and wisdom and of course the suit…..I will do it proud.
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  • http://halfironadventure.blogspot.com Diane

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    And I’m so excited to follow your race updates!

  • http://www.shesaidineedagoal.com Adena

    Awesome video!! Love the music!!! I lready have the book so no entry for me but love the idea of passing it on.

    ps I made guacamole for the first time. Almost ate the entire tub!! Hahahaha
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Ha Ha…..did you see my dinner on Twitter. One small avocado right in the center of my tofu scramble quesadillas. Didn’t bother making the guacamole just ate it that way……LOL!

      That Which Does Not Kill Me!!!!!!
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  • http://youjusthavetotri.blogspot.com/ Julie

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    Good luck this weekend! All though you don’t need luck you’ve worked your ass off!
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  • Trudi Knight

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

  • http://katieaschmidt.blogspot.com Katie@Will Race for Carbs

    Good luck this weekend! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Sure, enter me in the drawing, but I don’t have high hopes because I am really unlucky at these blog contests!
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  • Nathaniel

    Yes, Enter Me Into The Random Drawing To Win ‘You Are An Ironman’

    Would love to read the book and race fast this weekend.

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