Big Kahuna Ironman – 9 Weeks
This past week was hands down one of the most interesting weeks of training yet. We travelled down to San Diego, CA for the 4th of July holiday, which took 24 hours round trip and killed a day of training. Word of advice, fly from NorCal to SoCal. Also, I was pretty sick the first couple of days and was dragging ass until Friday. So, a lot of the training we had planned got thrown out the window. However, we adapted and took advantage of our beautiful surroundings.
San Diego, and in particular La Jolla, offers some of the best hiking and water sports activities out there. I was very impressed by the number of triathletes in the Carlsbad and La Jolla areas and how they were out everyday and all day. Multiple cycling teams, open water swim groups, and running packs were all out in force during the holiday weekend. It all makes sense though when you look up the history of triathlon. It turns out the first triathlon was held in Mission Bay, San Diego in 1974. Being so centered in the home of triathlon gave me a new sense conviction.
One thing San Diego offers in full effect is great access to beaches and relatively “safe” ocean swimming. Though we did things like run along the beach, go on an epic 11+ mile hike and kayaking around the La Jolla caves a bit; it was the access to the ocean swims were we really adapted our training for the week. Twice we set out on swims about a quarter-mile off shore that really put our swimming to the test. I finally feel like I am finally conquering my swimming anxieties. Hell, I had to and I thank my brother-in-law, Jonathan, for helping me get over my fears.
There aren’t many words to describe the feeling of being out in the ocean with some baby seals, battling through giant kelt, watching out for sting rays and leopard sharks, and battling 3-5 foot waves. Awesome, just about sums it up all up. I only wish I had a camera to catch what I saw and experienced. I think I will invest in a GoPro Camera for the next ocean swim. It’s just insane to look down at water a 100 plus feet below you and see the amount of sea life below you, roll over to blue skies, gaze over to the cliffs at the sea lions and be pushing yourself to keep going when the land doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. Other than finishing my first marathon, this may have been the greatest moment in my athletic life ever.
After all of that, this coming week’s training could be the perfect let down or trap week. To account for that, we plan on going outside of our comfort zones all week with new running and cycling routes, a duathlon race, and upping the overall volume. With all this training, I am also planning on adding a few product reviews of all the tools and equipment we are using. One last note, I know some of you may be wondering; yes, keeping yourself warm naturally in your wet suit happens.
Week 4 Training Plan:
- Day 1 – 1+ hour run.
- Day 2 – 1 hour bike.
- Day 3 – 1 mile swim.
- Day 4 – Splash n’ Dash.
- Day 5 – Rest.
- Day 6 – 2 hour bike and track workout.
- Day 7 – Rest.