It starts tomorrow. 17 weeks of Ironman specific training. I am pretty sure (notice I am leaving the door open) that this will be my last 140.6 distance race for a long time (door still open). The volume of training required does not equal the amount of time I have to devote to training so this is not something I can’t keep up much longer. It is a funny situation; I don’t want to keep doing these races because I don’t have the time to commit to the training to get better. I know many people are happy just to train an complete but I would really like to get better. Maybe once my kids are older and I get more flexibility in my work situation I can sustain this level of training; but for my situation it just isn’t feasible to do this every year. I have all the support in the world from my husband for which I am super grateful. But it is just too much to do this year after year.
My plan is to do a weekly re-cap of my training including video like I did when I trained for Ironman St. George in 2012. I am so happy with my decision to have a coach for this race. We have been working together since February and we have built things up nicely. I am going into this confident that she will get me to the start line healthy and ready to give it all I can. My biggest enemy in this is myself and mornings. I used to love to get up early and train but that has become more and more difficult. I can’t afford to sleep in because there is no way I will be able to sustain the training volume if I don’t get some stuff done before work.
So here we go! I hope you follow along for the ride and see what I can make of Ironman Arizona 2014!