Ironman Training Has Its Ups And Downs And Its Natural

Ironman training is not plotted out on a graph with a constant upward tilt.  Ironman training goes through many phases and your motivation and inspiration will go through many more cycles than that.  There may be times where you question whether or not you can accomplish the task of completing an Ironman.  There will be times when you think that you cannot be stopped. This weekend alone I had conversations regarding the reality of Ironman training equaling Ironman racing.  There was that moment of a lack of confidence.  In each conversation I made sure to reinforce that the training is much harder than the race.  The race will present its difficulties but that is the only thing going on during that day:  YOU RACE.  Training days involve responsibilities including family, friends, work, etc.  It is a constant juggling act but all of the Ironman training yields its results on race day. This week's Ironman Tennessee training showcased two varying perspectives from KC and I which is not uncommon since we both have different training plans, live in different places and are just different people.  Either way our Ironman training will bring us to September 28th when the canon goes off.

KC's Ironman Training Week 16 Recap

[caption id="attachment_9470" align="alignright" width="300"]ironman training - triathlon - cycles Is this B-O-R-I-N-G?[/caption] B-O-R-I-N-G, that about sums it up. I'm bored with my training and I can't figure out why. Perhaps once i add in the swim this week, my boring mindset will disappear. We'll see. I did most of my training at work this week in our gym. It's a really nice set up and I'm surprised more employees don't take advantage of it. How much better can you get than free?? When I worked for Metlife, they charged a fee to use their gym and it was taken out of your paycheck every pay period. That's all I have for this week. Here's hoping for a less boring upcoming week. Upward and Onward!

Jason's Ironman Training Week 16 Recap

I may have to change my heading for these entries until I actually start doing triathlon training.  I have not seen my bike, well ridden my bike, in what seems like months.  I walk past it at least 3x per week and stare longingly at it and yet I am not drawn to it.  I keep a bag packed and in my car for that spark of swimming inspiration and yet it very rarely arrives.  Running on the other hand is all-consuming right now. Not surprisingly I am running hours and hours and hours right now in preparation for Lake Martin 100.  I recently completed the first week of the 3 week Phase III training for this race.  The next two weeks are even more running volume so the idea of getting on a bike or in the water are going to become further and further away.  This past week I ran 86 miles and I have 88 and 93 mile weeks coming up  before a two-week taper.  I am hoping that during those two weeks I find my inner Nemo.  I am not sure I am going in search of my inner LeMond because I need my legs to be as fresh as possible as they can possibly be and spinning the pedals may not accomplish that. [caption id="attachment_9469" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ironman training - triathlon - cycles Lots of pink on this calendar because I am running, running and running, running![/caption]  
Jason Bahamundi

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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.