Ironman Texas Training - Week #10

140.6_Woodlands_TexasIronman Texas training is better than any job I have ever had.  I say that because I don't take time off from it.  I love getting up and getting to work.  Yes there are days that I would rather be sleeping but once I start the workout I feel great and when it is over I feel even better.  No job in the world has given me back more than I have given to the job.  How does one become a professional triathlete?  Are there sponsors out there that would want me to promote their product all day long while I train?  If so, let me know because I love it. I love it until I see that the current week's planned training shows over 12 hours of training.  This does not include the amount of swimming or lifting that I do.  To give you a point of reference my training typically shows anywhere from 8-10 hours of planned training and I end up with anywhere from 13-16 hours of completed training.  To see 12.5 hours of planned training means that I could be in the 17.5 to 20 hours this week.  Scary but at the same time invigorating.  I am ready for it and I'm ready for the zombie look as well. Yesterday I had an email exchange with my Coach regarding an event I qualified for.  Last year at the Disco Triathlon I finished in 5th place in my Age Group.  This event is taking those from the series that finished Top 10.  I sent Coach the information and her reply was to not waste my time as I have graduated to the big leagues.  After laughing for a good 2-3 minutes straight I responded with:  That is true I guess, but I am more of a candle burner and not a match stick burner these days anyway.  What I meant was that I enjoy the long course triathlon and am no longer in the mindset of doing sprints.  There is nothing wrong with them but to pay for a sprint when I can do one, and actually do them, in training makes no sense to me anymore. Training for an Ironman has changed my perception of training, of what I want to do and how I want to get there.  I enjoy 70.3s and am loving the 140.6 training.  Race day will provide me with background for whether or not I love racing the distance.  I have not run a 5k in nearly 3 years and I don't think I will be doing one any time soon, same can be said for sprints. That being said this past week of training was a step back week or a recovery week from the overload we have been doing for the previous 8 weeks (can you see my RRCA class coming through with that sentence?)  The numbers are the lowest but it was necessary and is setting me up for success in this overload week I'm staring at. Week 10:
  • Swim: 4.86 miles
  • Bike: 75 miles
  • Run: 17.5 miles
Overall:
  • Swim: 49.7 miles
  • Bike: 1111.56 miles
  • Run: 281.95 miles
  [caption id="attachment_5398" align="aligncenter" width="238" caption="Week 10 Breakdown by Miles"]cook_train_eat_race_ironman_texas_training_Week10-Miles[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5399" align="aligncenter" width="216" caption="Ironman Texas Training by Minutes"]cook_train_eat_race_ironman_texas_training_minutes[/caption]
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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.

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