This week is a special week because it’s the very first week of my Half Ironman 12-week training program for Oilman, a local half ironman in November in Montgomery, TX. Plus it seems somewhat appropriate given my industry!
It’s also fitting that I start training this week since it’s back-to-school week here in Texas. I’m all about fresh beginnings! This feels so different and I’m much more confident (and laid back) than the last time I started a Half Ironman program. I was a bundle of nerves! Goals? I’m doing this half ironman mainly to prepare for IMTX and get everything dialed in (bike, nutrition, swim form, etc.), but I of course will strive to improve my times from last year’s half distance. You bet this will still be a race!
I’m very excited this time to be on a “real” (not free-from-the-internet) training program this time. I mentioned earlier I’ll be coached by Marni Sumbal, and right now I’m going to use her pre-built half ironman training plan, then we’ll start one-on-one coaching for IMTX later this winter. She is training for Kona herself in October and will share her journey via her blog – great inspiration! She’s already gone above and beyond what I’d expect of a regular pre-built plan and has been very responsive. And her husband has a cycling background and is knowledgeable on any bike questions (he’s helping me with a power meter – yes, I’m getting a very expensive toy!!). I can already see the journey is going to be a great experience.
As far as what I’ve been up to lately – I had a spectacular weekend, including a run, bike and lots of time resting. I don’t know where most of the time went, but I got in a good group run on Saturday, and then I joined my friend Alex for “Ghetto Ride” on Sunday and we did 50 miles in 2:45, followed by a 15 minute run OTB. It’s a city ride from my doorstep, so that time included a number of stops at lights as well as one <unplanned> trek across a closed road & walking over a newly graveled railroad; not shabby.
Nearly fifty miles that fast all before 9 AM, I’ll take it! I actually just realized that I was on the bike for almost 3 hours and never even thought about needing to take a rest stop or get off – my endurance is improving! Now I just need to get used to all the bricks I have coming up in my future – there’s going to be a lot.
That’s it – Happy Wednesday Y’all!