Ironman Flex wide2016 Louisville

IMLOU 2016 Race Report: I am an IRONMAN!

It’s Ironman Day!

I set 3 alarms for race morning, just in case. I woke up 10 minutes before any of them went off, at 4:20 a.m. I wasted no time. I had my water, cup of coffee, english muffin with PB&J, and milk. Same thing as every day as I’ve done in training and other races. Nothing new.

I braided my hair, got my kit on to wear under the wetsuit, double checked my special needs bags, and got the family up and out of bed. We left for transition around 5:20, and before I knew it, I was in line to get in. I got the special needs bags dropped off,  all my fluids set up on my bike, aired up my tires, got body marked, and met up with our group.

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What was I thinking?

Reality is starting to set in, as I narrow in on the 6 months leading up to IRONMAN Louisville. I spent this weekend researching training plans, and trying to decide which one is going to be the one that gets me to the finish line in October. Do I train by time, miles, heart rate, RPE? All of those? Just one?

While the “week 1” schedules of these plans seem fairly easy, I’m finding myself incredibly overwhelmed with the peak weeks of these training sessions. I know I’m not going to jump into my peak training right away, and that I’ll have months of time to work myself into that phase.  For fun, I’ll share just one example of those plans. On the Saturday 4 weeks before IMLOU, I’m going to bike 100 miles, and follow with a run for 10 minutes. Then on Sunday, run I’ll 18 miles and throw in a 4000 meter swim for good measure after that.  That’s just TWO days of workouts that entire week! The end result just weeks later, I’m going to swim 2.4 miles in a river, bike 112 miles on hills and whatever elements the weather has in store for me that day, and then…I’m going to run 26.2 miles to top the day off, and hopefully live to tell you all about it.

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