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.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good plan and I'm confident that you can accomplish it. Thanks for getting me ready for IM Texas! Countdown is on....one week from now will be heading to the swim start.