Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Road Ahead

I have officially begun my training for Ironman Arizona 2011.

I am going to post my goal for IMAZ here as a method of accountability.  In November 2008, I completed the course in 9h21m.  I left feeling very satisfied but like I had more in my tank.  However, as I sit here today those hopes were washed away by at least one baby and a couple or 3 semesters of grad school.  I've come into this training block (Six Months) with a little less ambition.

My Goal:  Qualify for Hawaii 2012.  In order for me to accomplish this, I need to train to a 9h40m Ironman finish time.  I believe this time is definitely a possibility for me.

With the semester winding down, I have managed to have a few consistent weeks of training (through a lot of encouragement from Quent).  I'm starting with run focus until I get my weekly distance to a mileage in which I'm running with a mile pace I think I should be. (currently 8:20 is comfortable)  With my body weight being higher than normal, pushing my pace is tough at the moment and everything suffers.

Today, I committed to an International Distance Triathlon this weekend.  (.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run)  I also completed a short workout through which I am able to predict my pace for the event.  This will help me judge my effort I will use complete the course.  Notice I said complete not race.

My predictions 24min swim, 1h15m bike, 45min run for a 2h25m finish.  

Just for fun... if we do some simple math and multiply this time by 4 (roughly the Ironman distance) we get a product of 9 hours 40 mins.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Strength Is Relative

So many things could be said about this .... I will encourage you to watch and develop your own strength routine.