Ironman Arizona is so close I can taste it! Kinda. I mean, I’ve been busting my butt for 18 weeks, with no fewer than 10 workouts a week, mostly two-a-day workouts, all while the temperature in Central Texas found its triple-digit groove. So we must be getting close, right? Well… no. With Week 18 in the books, it marks the HALFWAY point of my 36-week training plan. I’m not sure why it sounded like a good idea to take on such a long, demanding regimen*, but it sure feels like the race should be coming up. For perspective, my go-to advanced marathon training plans are 18 weeks long. My body is ready to race! And yet we’re still in the “base building” phase of this thing.
*Oh, right, because it’s an Ironman…
Week 18 was a bit of a relief in training. Most of the workouts were relatively gentle, especially compared to the brutal week before. I know I”m making progress though when five hours of workouts on the weekend is “gentle”. These next 18 weeks are going to really push me to the limit. And I can’t wait.
Eighteen weeks down, eighteen weeks to go!