The First Month of IM70.3AZ Training

Last December, I bit the bullet and signed up for the Ironman 70.3 in Arizona. The race is taking place later this October. I want nothing more than to finish it.

I was basically starting back at square one in terms of fitness though. I hadn’t done any type of triathlon since 2016. Like, we are talking the bare back to basics, people. No endurance, no strength… Nada. Zilch.

So when it came down to finding a training plan… I didn’t know what I wanted. I liked the idea of a time-based plan, because you can plan your day around that block of time needed for training. But, at the same time, I wanted a mileage plan, because I like to know that I am capable of completing the distances needed.

I opted to look into two plans.

I stumbled upon this 20-week plan from Triathlete. It features an 8-week base, 6-week build, and 6-week peak. With the exception of swimming, the cycling and running training is all time based. I read through it, and it didn’t seem intimidating as I thought it would be.

I decided that I was going to use this plan for the 8-week base building portion. For the remaining 12 weeks, I have decided to go with this plan, which is a plan I’d been referred to by my mom when I wanted to do what was then called Vineman 70.3 back in 2015. This second plan is mileage based, and I am determined to follow it as religiously as I can. Granted, I can still flip flop back onto the time-based plan if needed, but I hope not!

Anyway, I am happy to say that I have completed one month of Half Ironman training. Proof:

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I have to admit, this month was tough.

Prior to training, I had a routine going. I was awake by 4:30am in order to be at work by 5:30. At 2pm, I was off work and making my way home. I normally would workout after work since I had the whole afternoon to do so. Being out of work early also meant having more time to cook dinner and prep my lunch for the next day. By 8pm, I was winding down and in my bed ready to sleep.

Then June 4 happened.

It was the kickoff of Half Ironman training and the week that my work schedule shifted to a later start time. I was now scheduled to start work at 8am, for professional development reasons. (All good things, I promise.) During this week, I attempted to keep my routine going by still awaking at 4:30am and getting my workout done. It felt really good to get my workout done before work, and after I’d get home, I’d spend the afternoon getting dinner and lunches done. The first week wasn’t so bad.

The second week, however, my work schedule changed again. I can’t really be upset since I did approve the change. Little did I know that a whole hour’s difference was really going to throw me off.

For the second and third weeks of training, I was working 7am to 3:30pm. In the morning, I felt crunched to get my workouts in depending on what I needed to do on the day. I struggled trying to get my workouts done in the morning, and tried to push them to the afternoon. I found it a little difficult to try both working out and cooking in the afternoons. But, it was during this time that I began to utilize my little crock pot more. That made my life so much more easier!!

Week four of the first month of training, I was faced with another (approved) schedule change. Now, I was working 7:30am to 4:00pm. By this week, I’d completely lost motivation to get up early enough to get my training done. I ended up putting in some late hours. I didn’t even get a swim done this week. Yikes.

My weekends were usually pretty good. The first two weeks of training, I only managed one weekend workout instead of the required two. I’m not sure if it was the drastic change in weather (Arizona is approaching monsoon season) or if there was something in the water at the local pool. I did notice I was getting headaches the day after swimming at that pool in particular. I don’t know. But on the weekend days that I did workout, I pushed hard and felt really great about my performance.

I will admit that I slacked off on the weekends, putting in at least one discipline on either day. But I need to really find my groove, and get those runs in with the swims! Other than that though, I’m feeling good and confident.

Here’s to month two of Half Ironman training!

Weeks 1 – 4 Stats: S – 1:33:34 | B – 10:25:27 | R – 1:39:07

 

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