Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ironman Lake Placid--Six Months to Go!

It is January, and FINALLY I have six months to go until Ironman Lake Placid.  I can not believe that I will be crossing that Ironman finish line in July.
I really had no plans to run Disney this year once I signed up for my Ironman.  I had a successful triathlon season during the summer and wanted to continue that into my Ironman training this winter.  Luckily, I have a very smart coach who is much smarter than I am and had me take the fall off from triathlon training.  I was very hesitant to her approach.  I was so scared of slowing down on the bike and in the pool.  I had no idea what marathon training would do for me as my PR's in the past were very small.

To my surprise, running half as many miles as I usually run brought a bigger PR and a desire to get my Ironman training going.  I had a VERY easy week last week and started swimming and biking more this week.  And, like I feared, I am SLOW!  My heart rate on the bike is much higher than it should be and my swim splits are nowhere near where I want them to be.  But, I am learning patience.  My coach promised me that the rest would benefit me more even if it meant starting slower than I left off.

I wish I could tell you what my training plans for the next few months will be, but I have no idea.  We use Training Peaks for my training and my plan gets posted every few weeks.  Beyond this second recovery week, I don't know what I am doing.  And while the controlling person in me hates this; the student in me says to be patient.  My coach is working well for me so I will continue to see how it goes.

And speaking of being a student, spring semester has started for me.  And, finally, finally, finally I am taking classes that are interesting.  I am taking Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology.  I am enjoying sitting in class learning about the muscle fibers that an endurance athlete has as compared to a sprinter.  One our of labs will be finding our VO2 Max, something I have been curious about for a while.

And, I am still waiting on graduate school decisions.  I have no yes's; I have no no's.  Every time I get a new email I anxiously click over, hoping it is good news and realizing it is usually junk mail.  This is the part of my life that I am losing patience.  I only applied to two schools so I am incredibly nervous that I won't get one acceptance.  I know I put out the best applications that I could have done.  I also know there are many more applicants that are competing with me.  We will soon see what the future holds for me.

What are you training for right now?  What do you do to distract yourself when you are waiting for something that you have no control over?

I am giving away an iFitness belt on this post, don't forget to enter!!!


jobo said...

Woohoo! I can't wait to hear all about your training! you are amazing! I can't say it enough!

Liana said...

I can't wait for your ironman!

I'm training for a 50 miler, I guess I went for more running instead of conquering my fear of the bike. =)

Michelle D said...

So excited for you and your IM training! Good luck with the grad school decisions - fingers-crossed for you!

elizabeth said...

you are going to kill it! i think i would panic too about not seeing my training plan in full-but good for you for adapting. i want to enter your giveaway but feel guilty since i already have one :)

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Oh, wow!! Six months is not that far at all... so excited for you. And I love that your coaches plan worked- you crushed your marathon pr!

RunToTheFinish said...

the idea of not seeing my plan freaks me out, but i totally get why coaches do it too!!

Hit The Road Jane said...

I'm so excited for you!!! Ironman is such an epic race and crossing that finish line ....I just know I'd be bawling and so emotional. 2013 is your year!!! I'm going back to school this year and cannot wait. Having a class you find interesting is the best feeling, especially when it's something you can apply to your own life right now. I hope to read about your VO2max lab soon! To be honest, I usually shop when I'm trying to distract myself from something I'm waiting on. That or read a really engrossing book lol