Ironman training is really starting to heat up. August has been a tough month with a significant build that included 38,700 yards swimming, 148 miles running and 710 miles of biking. That brings my yearly training totals up to 208,374 yards of swimming, 1,061 miles of running and 4,442 miles of biking (491 hours of training). August was particularly challenging because I am still recovering from IMCDA and building for Ironman Lake Tahoe (IMLT) at the same time. This meant that I needed to very carefully monitor not only training distance, but also intensity. One instance of this was when I went for an 8 mile run at a sub 8 minute per mile pace one day and it took so much out of me that the 8 mile run the next day was at a 10+ minute per mile pace. So, for the most part I needed to keep my training at a slower pace, but to still cover the distance to help me finish the second Ironman.
This weekend I went to Tahoe to ride the new bike course and it is extremely challenging. I took some pictures. This is one at the highest pass at nearly 7200 feet (that I get to ride up twice). My pace on Saturday was 15 minutes slower than the bike cut-off time for the race, which means that I am going to have to ride really hard on race day just to qualify on the bike portion of the race and then start the 26.2 mile run as the temperatures start dropping. Well, I have put in the training and all I have left to do is put my all into the race and try to make all the cut-offs. My bib number is 1370 and everyone is welcome to follow me on Ironman.com on 9/21/14.
Thanks again to SwimEx for allowing me to share my journey with you and for producing the quality pool that I do my swim workouts in at all hours of the day and night.
Wish me luck and I will let you all know how things go next month.
Thanks for reading. Stephen Bratton, proud SwimEx owner.