Training Plans

Well, here we go. Chattanooga Ironman 70.3 is 4 months away. On May 20, 2018 I’ll slip into the Tennessee River at about 7 AM and swim, downhill 1.2 miles. Then, I’ll dry off real quick and head out into the rolling hills of North Georgia for a 56 mile bike ride. When I return I’ll give the timing chip to Cindy and she’ll run the 13.1 mile half marathon. It all started yesterday on a rainy Sunday afternoon, on my bike trainer, under the carport. A one hour ride on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Priceless.

All of this happens one piece at a time. There’s a picture of me and my training plan. Two of the 125 workouts, done! I’m in this for the long haul! It’s easy to miss sight of the structure of training. I was guilty today of trying to race the whole race in the first two workouts! It doesn’t work that way. It works when I can take each workout one at a time, and give each workout my best. I enjoy filling in each of the workouts once they are complete. Pink for Pedaling. (see what I did there? 🙂 Blue, self explanatory, water color. Wow, 2000 yards today! Cindy has the yellow highlighter for the mileage she will be running.

It is good that I am excited. This mornings swim workout was case in point. I was thinking “competitive plan” but my training partner was thinking, “intermediate training plan.” Good call. We want to build a base, then build on that, and then peak on May 20. I was ready to take way too big of a bite of the 600 pound gorilla! Slow and steady wins the race.

So, register for a race, get a coach, get a training plan, and start the journey. Check each workout off one at a time, and be able to say, “I gave it my best.” Believe me, the race will take care of itself. Race Day truly is the victory lap for all the effort put into each and every single, solitary, meaningful workout. The Yogis and Tai Chi masters have got it. Have an “intention” for each workout. Focused. Purposeful.

See you in the pool !