Big Kahuna Ironman – 8 Weeks
Last week was one of the heaviest weeks of training I have ever experienced in a long time and my body is feeling it. Two of the highlights from last week were the successful Splash & Dash Open Water race along with a grueling long brick workout on Saturday (2 hour bike ride and 1 hour run for a total of 44 miles). We rewarded ourselves with a lazy Sunday which included massages to help recover from such an exhausting week. Additionally, we have more off days coming up this next week but the days we are on, will be heavier than normal. These workouts will feature more brick sessions (2 disciplines back to back) to help our bodies get used to multi-sport races and transiting from one event to the next.
Competing in and doing well at the Splash & Dash this past Thursday has Angela and I becoming even bigger triathlon junkies than we already were. I never caught the marathon bug; having no interest in doing another one after I completed my third one a few years back. On the other hand, I am already looking forward to and planning to do so many more triathlons even after the Big Kahuna race. There is just something about triathlons that tests your mental and physical endurance in a way that seems much more fulfilling and less boring than a marathon. We’re even debating ordering a custom BandY triathlon kit for ourselves.
One lesson learned from last week I need to share with everyone is the necessity of using a sports body glide with your wetsuit. I swam 4 times in seven days and 3 of those were in my wetsuit for an hour or more. On none of those occasions did I remember to use body glide around my neck and joints. I suggest you not do the same or you will experience the embarrassing and burning chaffing that I did. Oh, and one more piece of advice, get plenty of sleep and carbs the night before you do a long three-hour brick ride and run so you don’t bonk like we did on Saturday. I think we burned through over 2,500 calories in that 3 hour session and nearly disintegrated from the heat and exhaustion. The positive take away is that we completed almost 60% of a half Ironman with still 2 months left to train.
Week 5 Training Plan:
- Day 1 – 1 swim & 2 mile run.
- Day 2 – 1 hour run.
- Day 3 – 1 swim & 2 mile run.
- Day 4 – Rest
- Day 5 – 2 hour bike.
- Day 6 – 30 minute recovery run.
- Day 7 – Rest.