Week #4 of training is in the books and the week had a few successes. I was able to swim the 1,000 yard TT at a pace of 1:45/100y and the beauty was that I swam 1,050 yards at that pace. I am very excited about that and think that I can still go lower than that to probably 1:42 per 100 yards.
In addition to the success on the swim I have been working hard on pacing for both 70.3 Puerto Rico and for Ironman Texas. Taking in a bunch of advice about not starting to fast and being prepared to walk I have been training to do just that. I am setting out on my runs that are short at :15 slower than my goal pace for Puerto Rico. If it is a longer run than I am going out at :30 slower than my goal pace for Texas. Once I hit a heart rate of 160 I bring the pace back down so that my heart rate slows. The benefits are evident as I’m running right at the target pace for both races when the run is done.
My legs feel good and as of today I still have all of my brain cells. The week coming up is going to test that notion but I’m ready to become the Athlete I Want To Be. The bricks in that wall are starting to stack and it is strong.
How Is Your Training Coming Along?