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Today marks 12 weeks until Angela and I will be competing in the Big Kahuna Triathlon. This event is 70.3 IronMan race. For those that don’t know a 70.3 IronMan race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 run. Yes, in that order.
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Well, I’ll start by getting straight into it. I didn’t hit my 500 km goal for September. I did a total of 230 miles last month, about 70 miles or 23% short of the 310 miles I needed. I was unfortunately derailed by a chest infection during the latter part of the month that kept me sidelined. I tried a workout now and then but they were wasted efforts where I found it hard to breath most of the time. Disappointing I know, but I am not Superman and shouldn’t expect Herculean efforts to just come to me.
Last month I mentioned in a few of my 281.2 posts that I would give periodic updates this month on my training. I call this month’s goal the 500k challenge. 500km represents the metric total distance I wanted to meet this month in swimming, running and cycling. That goal breaks down to 10 miles of swimming, 60 miles of running and 240 miles of cycling, for a total of 310 miles. I debated calling it the 310 mile challenge but 500K just sounds cooler to me. I also thought that the swimming part would be the hardest to complete at the beginning of the month and I have been proven right. At about a third of the way through this month, I am equally a third of the way done in all three disciplines. The time in the pool being the most exhausting of the three.
Done and done and done! Yes friends, the 281.2 mile quest is complete. As of this morning’s spin class, I have wrapped up all the mileage I needed to reach my goals for the month.
Today I was reminded why trying to do so many miles in one month has been so daunting before. The flat out fatigue can really hit you all at once.