As I’m typing this I have to pinch myself because I simply cannot believe that there are only 8 weeks left until the Arizona Ironman! It does not seem like that long ago that my family and I were volunteering for the event last November. As volunteers we were able to sign up before the registration opened to the public, so my hubby and some friends and I bit the bullet and registered. At the time it seemed so far away, however, as time seems to do lately, it has flown by.
Training is going as good as can be expected. I haven’t posted much about it because between shuttling kids around to school and activities, training, and working full-time, blogging has taken a backseat. I have been averaging about 10 hours per week of training. A typical week will include 3 sessions of each discipline…yep that means 9 workouts total. How do I fit those into 7 days (really 6 since 1 day a week is a scheduled rest day)? The 2 runs during the week that I do are rather short compared to my previous marathon training plans, so on run days I will also throw in my swim training. That is getting a bit harder as the swims are progressing in distance, and therefore taking me more time since I’m still quite the slow swimmer. However, I have enjoyed swimming after running as it seems to really loosen my legs up and I don’t get as sore. I’ll have to remember this and keep this practice when I get back to “just” training for a marathon. Yes, you did catch that correctly, I will be switching back to marathon training post Ironman (and after a good long recovery period). I’m sure there will also be more triathlons in my future, as well, but I need some time to get back to my first love after all this Ironman craziness.
As if I’m not already nervous enough with just 8 weeks to go, here is a picture of the start of last year’s race. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around what it will be like to be in the water with 2,500+ people. Did I really sign up to do this?!