Ironman Arizona is For Real

Now that I’m coming around on the fact that I’m signed up for an Ironman, I realized I haven’t really said much about my training recently, so here’s a recap to bring you up to speed.

Since Ironman 70.3 Austin, I took some time off before ramping up for Boston training.  As you may or may not know, I had huge plans for the Boston Marathon: 3 hours.  Or really, 2:59:59.  That’s a huge threshold to break as a marathoner, and I wanted it bad.  Things got off to a slow start with a minor medical procedure, but I rebounded quickly.  I was feeling strong and my training runs were even better than when I qualified for Boston at Vermont.

And then things derailed in a major way.  After a great 21 mile run, my hip flexor called it quits.  I couldn’t run 100 yards without intense pain.  Now I’m pain-free thanks to physical therapy and a month off, but my Boston goal is out the window.  It’s 5 weeks away and I’m not quite back to where I was when I got injured.  So instead I’m going in another direction and starting my Ironman Arizona training.  Today.

It may seem early, starting 36 weeks before the race, but it’s an Ironman.  It doesn’t get harder than this.  2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run.  I need all the preparation I can get.  So I intend to run Boston for fun, using the fitness that I’ll build from triathlon training and carry it all the way through to November.

I’ll try to post regularly about my training in between all the food posts that have been coming up recently.  I’ll need to in order to burn off all these calories.

Now, off to the pool!

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