I finally decided to break out of the "I'm going to work out every day but just do what I feel like" phase of training. I can't complain really - January was a slightly slow month for me. February picked up a bit. But I have a half marathon in 26 days that I'd like to live through and then right around the corner is the REV3 Knoxville half Ironman (are you doing a REV3 race? You should...). Part me of keeps thinking "what the eff was I thinking signing up for a half IM in May" but I'm actually quite excited. Now if it can just warm up enough to not have to wear 8 trillion layers just to run (and don't mention biking outside... ain't no way) I'd be happy.
So I finally pulled out the ole' Ironman training plan (since yeah, that's in 187 days too... which means I'm officially training for that as well). I'm actually sticking with the plan for once. We've always followed this plan, but mainly gone by hours and miles, versus drills, heart rate, pace, goals, etc.
Hum... sticking to a proven plant to be 100% prepared come race day? Novel idea for a self coached athlete who wants to get better.
Today's swim was awesome:
- 300 WU
- 200 Kick
- 4x50 increasing each 50
- then something I loved 1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 5/5, 4/4, 3/3, 2/2, 1/1 meaning that I would swim 1 lap hard, 1 easy, 2 hard, 2 easy, etc.
- 6x75 decreasing each 75
Came home to sun and warming temps. This is Ohio right? We decided to run outside. First mile was 8:50 and we felt like we were booking it. I didn't have my Garmin but know where the 1 mile mark is. When we got home, we had done 5.4 miles (it's a common loop that we do and have garmined a bajillion times so I know the exact distance) in 45:30. That means that we ended up managing 8:25's for the run. Miles 1-5.4 were obviously very fast. I felt great.
I'm liking this plan. I'm going to get fast. Or at least not die when my races come.
That's success in my books!