Training update

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Life got busy, it always does.
No way I can blog every two-three week how training went with great detail.
I'm more than happy if I get half of my scheduled training in.

In November my cycling got better, my confidence, too. I was improving steadily.
December and January brought really bad weather, a lot of snow and ice, then it was cold and windy. I thought I was the one who went out whatever the weather, but actually went down on ice in January and hurt my shoulder. Shoulder still painful, hope it'll resolve soon and won't affect my swimming.
(Later that day I had a half hour swim race... Done relative well, 1540m)
Then it was so windy, last week I was actually blown all the way to the wrong side of the road, I couldn't help. Had to cut it short, did a longer brick (aka run) afterwards.
I know I have a turbo trainer but that's quite boring. I don't enjoy it, it's just a chore...
When I do get out cycling, I find, I'm nowhere near I had been in November!!!!
Three months gone without any improvement.

Now I'm not so confident I will be able to do the bike cut off time any more.
And since I shifted my priority all to cycling, and got some bad knee injuries on the way, I didn't run much.
Started running last week again, oh, I'm slow. And no endurance.
I had no fear from the marathon afterwards in case I would manage that bike cut off (10h for the 2.4m-3.8k swim and the 112m-180k hilly ride - daunting).
Now I'm not so sure any more. I seem to jog 13 min miles? on short distances now. That won't be enough.
In comparison I've done 10.55 min miles in marathon and 10.19 min miles in half marathon last year. And I felt so slow then.

I'm still in training, but miss lots of sessions because of varied reasons.
Ironman seems bigger than I thought when entered it.
Somewhere I've read "If you manage it at first attempt the challenge wasn't big enough" - hmmm, I don't agree but have to face the possibility of not making it.
It'll be sad, but I'll still have the journey that leads to the big day.
Even if I only manage the half ironman (in May) it would be quite a big achievement for me I know.
I guess there's an even bigger step from half IM to IM than from HM to marathon.

Despite all the above I'm still working towards my dream goal, of course.
Who knows I might get very lucky...

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    Don't give up!!!!!
    Maybe downscale to the half IM this year and train for full one next year????? There is a hell of a jump from half to full....running a marathon on it's own is daunting enough, you know that.

    For me I think it is really important to lose weight first, and by doing that I'll be faster and also minimize injury risk. Then focus on speed over 10 and 21K s and maybe aim for 1 marathon towards the end of the year, with the aim of qualifying for Comrades 2012. Comrades 2011 is not going to happen now - too heavy, too slow, too injured = NOT GOOD. I'm now running my slowest 21K times EVER and it's due to the extra weight I have accumulated during second half of last year (I don't know what I was thinking????!!!! "I can have a "break" and relax and eat what I want because I won't put on weight quickly" - STUPID!!!! And now I am really suffering the consequences.)
    3814 days ago
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    You can do it...really! IronMan seems like a big thing because it *IS* a big thing!!!

    Keep on keepin on!

    3815 days ago
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    Good luck with the training - I don't know how you get it in at all! We have had such horrid outdoor training weather around here in the Northeast it's scary.

    Don't lose your dream! I'll be rooting for you!
    3815 days ago
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    Marka!!! It's so cool to read about your goals and your daily striving to get out there. I identify so much with your drive to be all you can be!! And , unfortunately, I also get what your saying about working around and with injuries. I am very interested in dialoguing closely with other athletes that make it no matter what. Seems to me I have a lot to learn about paddling and swimming with my shoulder and walking/running/hiking with my hips/foot. I like reading about your progress. The next time you're out there, I'll be cheering you on!!
    3817 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2011 6:41:08 PM
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