It has started. Actually, my training for Taupo Ironman 2014, started 5days after Tauranga half ironman which was 2weeks ago. So far so good, my recovery went well. I got going fairly quick with no niggles (No more than normal at least), sicknesses or drops in motivation. So far I have managed two long rides and runs each and a mixture of shorter other sessions and quite a few seaswim races, 4 in fact.
One always asks the questions, with such a long race as an ironman, how does a non pro (most of them don't work at all..) fit the training in.. And how much long stuff do I need to do? Will it be enough to even finish this extremely long event? Is there such a thing as too much, or is it more a lack of recovery and time that is more the issue for us weekend warriors, us age groupers, us 'just want to finish this thing'.
I am now down to 5.5weeks, and that's including some tapering to rest up, so basically the next 3-4weeks are it.
Logic tells me, this race is all about getting through the swim smoothly, then enjoy a big looooong lunchbreak on the bike and keeping the ego well away so to come off the bike feeling as good as possible.
Therefore the plan is, get efficient and comfortable enough with the swim to keep going for an hour or so with ease. Do as many long rides over 5hrs as mentally possible, ideally with a couple close to 200kilometers. Then the run!! How does anyone run a fast marathon after all of that. My aim is just to run. I'm prone to knee problems with running, particularly super long runs and high mileage. I tend to go better with more quality and speed, but this race is not about that, at all. So that is my biggest challenge right there. Therefore I need to be very careful where I do my long runs in the weekly plan and to look after my poor we body between them with lots of foam rolling, stretching, massage, cold water therapy, some gym strength and core exercises and lots of physio visits.
Furthermore, I'll sacrifice some long run frequency for some extra bike kilometers with some solid runs off the bike to build strength. This begins tomorrow with a 4hr ride followed by an 8km run.
Until then, happy eating, sleeping and training. The story of my life at the moment...