Wednesday, March 28, 2007

1 mile swimming non-stop and rethinking schedule

I started my swimming phase of my Ironman training 2 weeks ago after having not swam laps in about 20 years. Today I went 1 mile (1600 meters) without stopping and actually felt stronger as I went along, with my last 250 meters (10 laps) the fastest 250 meter segment of the entire workout.

I'm also kicking up my cycling (which I started back about 8 weeks ago) to around 100 miles for the week, which I do in conjunction with my weight machine workouts about 4-5 times a week.

As for the running, since that is by far my strongest of the three sports, and because I have patiently waited for my left shin to fully heal, there is no doubt in my mind I'll be back in full form by the end of May once I start back on April 16.

Having said all that, I now feel it is extremely feasible to do a Half-Ironman sometime in the next 4-6 months. I went and looked at the calendar and saw the Steelhead Half-Ironman taking place on August 4, 2007 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Since there aren't any in the fall, I may do this one (if you have done this race or know anything about it, please let me know). A plus for this is that it's only a few hours drive from my Dad's home in Ohio, and so we can tie in a visit to see him and his wife (they may even want to go and watch).


runliarun said...

It must feel good to be so "on track."

Jess said...

Glad to hear your training is going so well! Good luck with the Half-Ironman if you decide to do it. It sounds like you'd be more than ready.

Deb said...

Sounds like you are more than ready and a great choice in races! Anytime you can mix it with some family and fn is a good thing!