I’ve just finished the 8th week of my Ironman triathlon training program heading to Ironman Cairns, June 2018.
Some stats since I started – I hit 1000km on the bike, I’ve run over 158km and I’ve swum over 23 km – mainly in a pool but some in open water.
And I’m still yet to miss a session. My last session of this block was a 30 minute open water swim and I was ready to skip it. I swapped my rest day from Friday to Sunday because I was going to Sydney for 24 hours, which meant I couldn’t swap any other days. I had a market at Murwillumbah for my other business – Joyou – on the Saturday. With a time difference because of daylight savings I had to leave home at 5am. But I also had to do a run and a swim that day. So that meant setting my alarm for 3:30am to do an easy 4km run.
Luckily it was an easy run because I didn’t want to go too fast so my hair didn’t get sweaty. Shhh! Don’t tell my coach! I really didn’t have time to wash it because of the early start.
3:30 am alarm, 4km run, home, shower and breakfast, head to the markets, home, swim, shower, fly to Sydney.
When the markets finished I headed for my open water swim at Evandale Lake. The lake has recently been refreshed – drained out and refilled. I’ve only ever been there to swim in the early morning and there’s hardly anyone there.
On this day it was packed. It was the first day of school holidays for NSW and the second week for Queensland. It was a hot day, the first of non-rainy hot days in a while and it was a week before Christmas. There were people everywhere.
I was tired and didn’t feel like dodging people as I swam. But I haven’t missed a session yet and it’s becoming harder and harder to break that streak because I really want to do every single session.
So I gave myself a talking to and made myself just get in the water and swim. It wasn’t a hard session and it wasn’t a long session. I was just looking for an excuse. I was tired, I’d had an early start, I had to get to the airport that afternoon, I didn’t have much time, there were too many people – yada yada yada.
All they were were excuses. And once you’ve made one excuse it’s easy to make another. So, like Nike says, Just Do It.
One of the reasons I love training in the morning is because you don’t have time to think of excuses you just get up and go. Now afternoon training has given me the chance to work on my mind. To give me time to think about the training and still get out and do it.
I also went back to see my nutritionist this week and get a new program for my increased training load. More on that in the next update.
Also during this four weeks I had a little break down at South West Rocks and Des tailored my program to my location – it included swimming in the bay, riding along the river, and running on trails trying to avoid kangaroos (avoiding kangaroos whilst running wasn’t actually in the program, it was just what I had to do).
I’m really enjoying the training. I’m enjoying the gradual build up and I’m also loving seeing the changes in my body, particularly since I had not been doing much training in the 10 weeks prior to starting the program due to my broken wrist. And, I have now found a way to visibly reduce the signs of cellulite (this should be on an advertisement!) The cure? Ten sessions of exercise a week for 8 weeks. I wonder how many people would sign up to reduce their cellulite if they had to work out that much.
And I wonder if the cellulite will completely disappear if I keep up this training regime until June. If it does, that will be fabulous. And if it doesn’t, at least I’ll be fit enough to finish an Ironman Triathlon.
And after 8 weeks, I love the feeling of being fit. And I can even do a push up again. Yep, singular.
You can read about Weeks 1- 4 here.