Big Kahuna Triathlon

Big Kahuna Ironman – 12 Weeks

Today marks 12 weeks until Angela and I will be competing in the Big Kahuna Triathlon. This event is 70.3 Ironman distance race, more commonly referred to as a Half Ironman. For those that don’t know, a 70.3 IronMan race consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and 13.1-mile (21.1 km). Yes, in that order.

Much like I did last fall with my 281.2 blog series, I hope to post updates regularly on our training efforts leading up to this event. We actually started our training yesterday by running the The WIPRO San Francisco 1st Half Marathon, and used today as a rest day. What a way to kick off training at that. The race was great, but very hilly and every bit a half marathon. In fact, our first day workout in our training plan only called for a 1 hour run, but being that our plan is for Olympic distance, we thought why not double it to meet Ironman standards.

This event is a major highlight in what has been a whirlwind past year of life events for us. Last July we held our wedding on the beach in Hilton Head Island. In January we moved full-time to San Jose, CA. Now we are taking on one of the biggest endurance challenges out there. We made many of the necessary preparations so far. Lightweight bikes, wet suits, triathlon watches, open water training, etc. Now comes the long 12 week grind towards peak physical conditioning.

I hope to bring anyone who reads this some interesting notes and tips on what works and lessons learnt in trying an event so big. I am anticipating two big themes of this blog series will be related to nutrition and recovery. With the volume of training ahead of us, how can these two topics not dominate. Check our the breakdown below to see what we are doing this week. I’ll post my feedback on it in detail at the end of the week.

Week 1 Training Plan:

  • Day 1 – 1 hour easy run.
  • Day 2 – 1+ mile swim.
  • Day 3 – 1+ hour cycling
  • Day 4 – 1 mile swim.
  • Day 5 – 50 min easy run.
  • Day 6 – 25 mile bike ride.
  • Day 7 – 1 hour open water swim with optional 3/6 mile run.

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