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.