Another couple of weeks of slacking off and then it is the real deal! No more calling my weekends cross training time, doing short runs or no pushing 100% all the time.
I am looking forward to the training experience for a few reasons! First, I suppose as a Type A, I want to see what I have inside myself and how far I can push that limit. Kind of a bizarre thing to want to go that hard, but that is how I am wired.
The second part is following a structure to get to what is still an unknown result to come. Following a very well outlined strategy with a lot of tough workouts should prove for some good results. Following this will be a huge baseline experiment, as this is IM #1 I dont know what I am capable of, so the next few months will tell me each day what I can do and ideally lead to a great day in September.
Another great part of this goal is the realization of a dream. Until only a few months ago the thought of IRONMAN was a bucket list thing. Well, here goes, a chance to tick that one of the list. I have the outmost of respect for the people who have completed an IM and I now have the chance to become one of them.
Today was my first 10 mile run, it was a very deliberate slow run trying to keep my heart rate scary low. I have to say it is really hard to run slow to do that, but it is a required way to go right now to get the base I need to establish. So my 10 miles was done at a 9 min pace keeping my heart rate under 150, it felt very easy to accomplish. Easy from an exertion perspective, but it killed not to speed up. I suppose that will come soon enough! My goal this week is to run all 5 days building up some mileage, then next week I will 'coast' as I swim a little more. The last time I did that small experiment my running improved a great deal, so I figure I can try it again and see what results it provides!
Now that hte Olympics are over, I am going to catch up on my sleep. I hope you all had a great day! See YA!