ICC (Ironman Chattanooga Challenge) - Week #3 And A New Addition

ICC (Ironman Chattanooga Challenge) is already into its third week.  Where does the time go?  I can now understand how those that are preparing for their first Ironman can feel as if they did not get everything in because the minutes/days/weeks/months fly by and before you know it the cannon is going off.  This reminds me to say to those of you that ARE preparing for your first: cherish all the moments, even the bad ones.  These training sessions and cycles will not be able to be done again so embrace all that they are.  Embrace the suck, the great, the good and the recovery/rest. In addition to KC and I charting and giving you the good, bad and ugly of our  training for Ironman Chattanooga we have a new addition to this challenge.  Liz Young used the Contact Me form to ask if she could participate in the challenge.  As I want this to be an open and honest discussion about what it takes to get to the start and finish line of an Ironman I said yes.  The beauty is that Liz has a different story than KC and I so you, the reader, will benefit from a third perspective on what the Ironman training is and what it means to different people. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Jason Bahamundi - Ironman Chattanooga Challenge - Wee k#3

[caption id="attachment_9157" align="alignright" width="300"]Ironman Chattanooga - ICC - triathlon - training Lots Of Pink Signifying Lots Of Running Coming Up.[/caption] This week started with a trip back from Ironman Arizona and ended with the longest run I have done since Ironman Texas.  After October finished with the cycling mileage I knew that I wanted November to be run focused and it has in a way but it has also been more of a step back MONTH or so it feels.  When you run for one hour compared to a 6 hour bike it feels as if you are not doing a lot.  That is all about to change. Coerced, inspired, or fooled by Jeff to run the Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile trail race my training is about to take a big turn.  Weeks of 25 miles of running are going to be replaced with weeks of 50 miles of running.  Months of 4000 yards of swimming are going to be replaced with weeks of 4000+ yards of swimming as I will need it to recover from the pounding my legs are about to take.  Spinning on the bike is going to be included but there will be nothing hard about those hour-long sessions.  My heart rate will barely break Z1 on those spin workouts. What I am most excited about is getting my nutrition back on track.  With the turn of the calendar to a new week I am going back to a no sugar diet for the month.  I will be avoiding all added sugars outside of the recovery shakes that I use since recovery is going to be the key to getting my legs prepared for the next days workouts. If you take a look at the picture to the right you will see lots of pink for next week.  Those are all running days.  The light green are the spinning days and then the blue.  Oh the blue and how I have avoided you.  Maybe the running will push me back into the love of swimming. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Kristie Concepcion - Ironman Chattanooga Challenge - Wee k#3

[caption id="attachment_9158" align="alignright" width="300"]Ironman Chattanooga - ICC - triathlon - training Swimming. It is still part of the IMTN race day right? Not if KC had her choice based on her training calendar.[/caption] Wow! It feels like Ironman Florida was 3 months ago, not 3 weeks ago. Remember that cold bug I said kept trying to get me for the last few weeks, it finally settled in for the first half of the week. I still got my training in though and it never got any worse. I finished off the last half of the week feeling much stronger.
Here's a little tip for you that I learned the hard way. If you are starting to catch a cold, how do you know when you should back off the workout or keep pushing on? The answer is ...if your symptoms are from the neck up, go for it. If the symptoms are from the neck down, fuhgetaboutit!
Ok, back to the training, so this morning called for a 12 mile run but I felt so good, I took it an extra 1.5 miles and cranked up the speed a bit on the last 3 miles just for fun. I also hopped on a trail for a while for the peacefulness that running on the road less traveled provides.
Looking forward to Thanksgiving week. No, not for Thanksgiving but for all kinds of free time to train like a beast! Maybe I'll get a little crazy and swim! Imagine that? Seriously, the best part about next week is that I'm doing a 5K, on Sunday, with a newbie runner. She's doing her first ever 5K and I am doing it with her. Let's see if the running bug bites her.
Hope everyone has a stellar week! Upward and Onward!

Liz Young - Ironman Chattanooga Challenge - Wee k#3

I am currently 3 weeks out from IMFL. That was my 4th IM distance race. I would have to say that consistency is my theme. While one always strives to get "faster" at these things, I remain constant. All of my races are within 35 minutes of each other. So as always, for the past 3 weeks I have been mulling over every detail that I can remember.
This time period is really difficult due to 1. rest and recovery (something that is difficult for most, especially when we have our next race on the calendar) with my age of 50, people are telling me I need to take time off, but I really don't feel like it.  2. I live in NW Ohio, it is now 15 degrees and the high is going to be 26 today (I like it hot and muggy) Chattanooga should be great weather. 3. Training in the dark! Just a bummer.
I am excited to begin my winter strengthening though. Yoga is a must for me this year. (I hate yoga because it brings to the forefront all those weaknesses and imbalances that our body has. We like to train the stuff we are already good at).
 As you can see training for an Ironman will come in all shapes and sizes, just like the athletes that race this distance.  You can also see that not everybody will follow the same type of plan.  I am training for a 50 mile trail race in February. KC is racing a marathon at the end of this year. Liz will be doing strength training and yoga throughout the winter.

The point is that not all people are created equal and neither should their training be.

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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