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The intensity cranked up. To make matters worse, the way the calendar falls for various other commitments, there's no chance that I'll be doing any of the regional sprint races that can divert one's attention from the ever present grind of training.
Triathletes enter the water for the first phase of last year's Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Boulder, Colo. This year Boulder welcomes a full distance Ironman (140.6) to complement the longstanding half distance event. Participants for the Aug. 3 race Adidas Shoes High Tops For Girls Black And White
The goal for this year's triathlon season is Ironman Boulder on Aug. 3. It's the first year of this race there has been a Half Ironman there for some time so there's Maroon Adidas High Tops
are likely in the thick of training.(Photo: AP)
Then the reality of a 17 week IM specific plan kicked in.
I learned the hard way, in preparation for Wisconsin, that IM training on vacation may not be as much fun for others as it is for the person training.
some novelty to racing in bike centric Boulder.
Boulder fits, giving me a nice long recovery after the race before the cyclocross season kicks off.
My planning started in January with six weeks that focused on swimming, along with running and whatever cycling I could get in on the trainer.
There's no real way to know, of course, short of actual race day.
It's also within a day's drive, which is rare for those of us out here in the northern plains. The only other regional Ironman is in Madison, Wisc.
That all sounds good of course. You survive a pounding four hour sufferfest at the hands of actual cyclists on Saturday, followed by a short "brick" run as it's commonly called immediately Adidas Energy Boost 3 For Sale
As training grind wears on
Things felt like they were on target.
Boulder is a month earlier, which works well with our household vacation plans, a milestone trip to mark a milestone anniversary.
Trust your plan.
I did Wisconsin last year, my first full length IM. It's a fabulous event, and I plan to go back in 2015. But it's in September.
That was followed by six weeks of primarily running, about 35 to 40 miles a week. That's not a lot for serious marathoners but quite a bit for IM, considering you're still doing the other disciplines.
A good sprint race can be an affirmation of training, some general notion that things are working, because it usually is. How you feel during training is often not the best Adidas Duramo 6 Runner Review measure of the value of it.
But in the end all any endurance athlete can do is trust.
The hours cranked up.
That all finished up a couple weeks ago.
There are heart monitors and theories and more research online than you can ever possibly digest.
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