Week 6 of Ironman training…and I mix in a 20 mile long run.
Most Ironman veterans are likely banging their heads on the keyboard at this concept.
I should explain the logic (or the madness).
My plan going into the offseason was that I needed something in the spring to keep me motivated throughout the long winter months. If I landed on the couch, I would likely not get off again when the snow melts. I need short-term goals and long-term goals.
This was to be the year of the Ironman, but I figured a spring marathon would not screw training up too badly for a fall triathlon.
As I just completed my first outdoor run and race last week, I thought I had time to build up.
Yesterday, I looked at the calendar. Whoops.
Race day is May 4th. Taper starts mid-April. So, 4 weeks left to train. And it has been quite awhile since a serious long run.
The return of snow and ice forced me back indoors. I went to the indoor track with a plan to run as far as I could. I figured 15-16 miles.
I completed 20 instead.
That was yesterday. Followed that up today with a treadmill 10k. Mostly bike sessions planed for the weekend (but a 5k run after each).
The training will become more run-centric until I start to taper. Twenty-plus mile long runs will be the norm for the next three weeks. Will then start to push the bike a little more. Post marathon, will fall closer to plan.
Base triathlon training with peak marathon training. Should be interesting phase of my training…