Sunday, January 29, 2006

Back in the swing of things

Week 4 of base training is now complete. I have finally started to find my groove after laying off running in the fall. Managed to run 9 miles this morning. Could have gone another 3-5 comfortably but need to increase the volume slowly to prevent (or at least minimize) the risk of injury. It was an amazing morning. I left the house at 5:50 am and didn't see a car or another person for almost an hour. I like the solitude of early morning training. It really gives me time to clear my mind.

The next 6 weeks consist of increasing the amount of time and distance I train. The base training phase often proves to be the most crucial of the 30 week training program. This is an endurance event...not a sprint. Must have a solid foundation.

The following is something I have not mentioned in the blog in the past. I am still toying with the idea of trying to raise money via the Ironman race for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in honor of my father's courageous struggle with the disease for the past 20+ years. My journey to complete the 140.6 miles pales in comparison to the battle he has been engaged in for all these years. Slowly I have watched this horid disease rob him of his mobility, his speech, and slowly his mind. Every time I feel as if I can't go any further running, riding or swimming I think of his struggle and find that extra ounce of drive. His battle drives my passion to succeed. If I'm going to try and raise money in his honor I will need to make the committment soon.

Week 5 starts tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back on the bike since we had too much rain this weekend to allow for riding.
Race countdown: 174 days.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Week 1 is done

Today is my 33rd birthday. I received the news that I passed the Pulmonary Boards and I completed the first week of Ironman training. All in all, I can't complain. Ended up riding 110 miles, swimming 5,000 yards, and running 21 miles. It's a bit heavy for this early but my knees and back seem to be tolerating it well.

The best news of the week was certainly the passing score for the Boards. I took them 2 months after completing Prairieman and was not sure I was completely prepared. Got in a great 45 mile ride today with my usual training group. The legs still feel sluggish on climbs but overall they are getting better.

As for Lance's and Dale's posts...bring it on fellas.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

The journey begins today...

It's New Year's Day 2006 and the Lake Placid Ironman race is a mere 202 days away. It seems so far away but in reality it is so close. 162 days have passed since I signed up for the race this past July.

Today I embarked on a 30 week training regimen. With a bit of luck and some smart training strategies I can remain injury-free. The time commitments are large but Jenny and my girls understand how important this race is to me. I estimate that I will swim 200,000 yards, bike 3,000 miles, and run 550 miles in the next seven months. Much of it will occur in the morning before the girls wake or at night after they go to sleep.

My goal is to continue to post entries throughout my training. While much of it will be boring to those who read it, I believe this will serve as a nice reminder of all my hard work, sacrifice and suffering.

Here's to a good, safe season and a great time at Ironman Lake Placid 2006. Anything is possible.