Ironman Training…By the Book

As many of you know, I have been going at this alone.  I am a self coached athlete.  I am never too shy or timid to ask for a more experienced triathletes’ opinions or advice, but for the most part I am all on my own.  I think that going at this alone builds some self confidence and allows me to prove to myself that I am able to do this.  Someday down the line I have not ruled out getting a coach, but for now, I’m on my own.

Like I said, I have been consulting other athletes for advice and opinion, but I always made my training plans on my own.  My current goal is to finish an Ironman triathlon.  This is a huge task, and a daunting one to undertake on one’s own.  Therefore, I have gone to the books.  I am training for this event by the book, literally.


Last summer, when I decided that I was going to be doing an Ironman triathlon this summer, I walked right into Barnes and Noble and picked up “Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon”

Since then, this book has become my bible. I have created my training plan for Ironman Lousiville using this book.  The 24 week plan officially began on March 11th.  It was also already amended because of a race.  March 16th was the Rock’n’Roll USA Half Marathon.

Since then I have been sticking to the plan.  Over the next few days I will be posting recaps of my past weeks of training as well as a what to watch for over the next few weeks.  One of the few things I am really looking forward to this season is that I will not be racing almost every weekend as I did last summer.  I have only two races.  Rev3 Quassy HalfRev and Ironman Louisville.  I will check in again later in the week.

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