What does Ironman Training Peak Week actually look like?
On Wednesday I sat down in a chair with my laptop to send a quick email. I promptly fell asleep. Out cold. Like a toddler. I woke up about 20 minutes later from a head bob that startled me, totally disoriented and a little drool at the corner of my mouth.
I did not take a selfie of this glamorous moment. You are welcome.
I did text my friend who is also training for the same race. She reassured me she had gone to bed the night before at 7:30. Not a typo. The glamour is real people.
That’s what peak week looks like for me in Ironman Training.
I put in just under 20 hours of time last week including 10,000 meters of swimming, 115 miles of biking and 30 miles of running. No wonder I was tired.
The good news is that there are only a few weeks of volume like this in my plan.
The bad news is that this year for me two of these weeks are back to back. That’s perhaps not ideal but I have some travel coming up before the race and while I hope to stay consistent in some of my training while traveling I want to hit the big stuff before I go.
Isn’t 20 hours a lot? Yes it is. To be honest most people don’t put in quite that much time. Most plans top out at 15 hours a week. A couple of things inflate that number for me. One is that this is actual time not moving time. So for the 100 mile bike ride there were several stops (because it was about 1000 degrees) and those are included. The other thing is that I’m not a fast runner. So the 18 miles would have been closer to 2 hours for a faster runner. So it goes. Many people will cut those long runs short and just do 2:30 runs. I’m not a believer in that. My mind goes crazy with doubt if I don’t do some very long stuff before Ironman. While I’m slow I can actually take the hours of training without too much extra recovery.
So that’s a quick update of where I am in my training. Have a great week everyone.