Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter Ironman Training

Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well.
Not sure if many of you know, I am going to Tempe this November to race at Ironman Arizona this year. I figured with running my company and not setting aside time to train, if I register for a big race, I will be focused on training and commit to a regular schedule of training. If there are any small business men on the team, you all imagine how well that has turned out!!

When you are running a small business and have a varied client base, you may hear terms such as "Having a wife and a mistress." That refers to having clients that have lots of work and pay regularly and the once in a while large paying contract that tempts you like a mistress. Well throw into the mix the wife, mistress and an Ironman race. Now you are talking about major pressure and lots of guilt. All that aside, things are going really well. It's like going to church, you know you should have done it long ago and just feel guilt, guilt, guilt. You wake up at night and realize, I missed my GST remittance so that I could get a swim workout in. Canada Revenue is calling and I could't get my 100 meter time down to 1:25. WTF!

I have enjoyed reading the blog posts about the cross training and all of the successes of everyone this year and have used that as motivation for the basement training. The weekly workouts in the "Basement of Pain" have been pretty steady. We added a treadmill to the collection of furniture this fall and it has come to good use. I can get a pretty hard trainer workout and hop right onto the treadmill. No more "No running" excuses!

My transition times haven't decreased at all as I fumble around trying to pull of the soaking wet bike clothes to squeeze into my running skirt, I'll come around though. I don't know how Paul can wear those things.

Yesterday was probably one of my best workouts this year. 2 hours on the trainer, a workout of standing and sprinting followed by some big gear sets. I watched stage 17 of the 2008 TDF and it was great. You can pedal really hard when you watch O'Grady and Cancellara lay smack. I then followed that with 30 minutes pretty hard on the treadmill. I almost felt like I ran past Evans going up Alp Duez. I know I past Menchov because he cracked pretty bad.

For the first time ever I think I will going to an Ironman race really light. It has taken along time to realize that recovery meals shouldn't be beer smoothies and copious amounts of scotch. I might be able to get down to 180 for the first in 17 years!

That's all for now, again I hope everyone is doing well.

Slayer Dan


RobWoolley said...

What? Scotch isn't a recovery drink!
Best of luck Dan, you're going to rock it.

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