Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Square One

Ironman training started yesterday.

I managed to find my bike AND the Silver Comet Trail on Saturday for a nice two hour ride with a twenty minute run-off.

Sunday, I thought my legs would be too tired for a long run, but after the first mile or two, they felt pretty darn good. I went ahead and ran the 6.1 miles I had planned, and wrapped up the week with 22 miles of running. That's a pretty big number for me, and something I plan to repeat often.

How was everybody's fourth? Dee Dee was working all weekend. That left Matthew and I to fend for ourselves. We played lots of soccer and (I) drank copious amounts of beer. I somehow managed to not bloat myself up to Good Year blimp size. Outstanding. Cuz Tuesday's bike session called for "small" hill repeats at VO2 max.

For now, I'm jumping into my Ironman plan at the twenty week mark (24 week plan). Two half Ironmans have to count for something, right? and this four week block is all about building strength. Strength before speed. Eight times I went up that dayum hill for a minute with a two minute recovery, and all I could think was that my thighs haven't felt like this since I did those trainer sessions back in the winter!

Nose to the grind stone! Back into the swing of things. Let's get this show on the road...

Wes

8 comments:

Scott Keeps Running said...

Work it!

I was in Portland for the 4th and was a temporary quality control specialist for local beers and wines. And bacon - I ate lots of bacon.

Kim said...

Go Wes Go!

Jess said...

Oh man hill repeats are the devil! Way to build that strength.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Go Wes! I need to get some hill repeats in the plan.

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
Cheers to the start of Ironman training:) It sounds like your workouts have been going well with the legs feeling fresh and strong!

Hmmm, you have been drinking a copious amount of beer:) I bet that my southern blogger friend is a riot when he drinks a bit too much:) Take care!

Michelle said...

Glad the legs are feeling good!

Lisa said...

Woooohooooo let the training begin!

challenges2010 said...

Wishing you the best in your training and IM! I like hills better than a headwind but not much :-)