The 10 Day Forecast on weather.com officially includes race day now, although I've been watching it on Accuweather's 15 day forecast for a while. The conditions are going to be great- it will start out in the low 50s and reach highs in the low 70's, or something like that. Sounds delightful! Especially because it's been very cold and rainy here the last couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to some sunshine.
The race is actually just 9 days away and I'm so excited. I've got a few minor things to take care of this weekend and I'll be dropping my bike off for transport tomorrow. Then I'm going to start packing my stuff based on a collection of established and solid lists. We leave Thursday afternoon.
I'm really loving this taper period and I'm feeling really relaxed. I'm enjoying having time to hang out with Zach and watch hockey and sit in the hot tub and visit with friends. I'm keeping my diet pretty healthy, mostly avoiding alcohol, and getting tons of sleep. All systems go!
Along with looking forward to the big day I wanted to take a look back too. I put together a little training summary to recap all that went into my Ironman preparation. I am going to keep it pretty brief and then later I'll do a longer reflection on the training and what I really thought of it and whether I'd do something like this again. So here are a few facts and figures on my Ironman training journey. The totals are up through the end of last week, so the final two weeks (taper) aren't included.
I signed up for Ironman Arizona on November 24th 2008.
I officially began training May 11th. That was 28 weeks, or about 6 1/2 months, before IMAZ 09.
My training volume over 26 weeks (6 months) averaged 12 hours per week.
My training volume in the 10 week peak period averaged 14.5 hours per week.
My highest volume week was 18.5 hours in week 25.
My longest bike ride was 107 miles (Harvest Century Ride). I did 9 rides over 60 miles.
My longest run was 20 miles. I did 7 runs of 14 miles or longer.
My longest swim was 4200 yards. I did 7 swims of 3000 yards or longer.
I participated in 4 triathlons during my training: Blue Lake Sprint, Hagg Lake Olympic, Lake Stevens 70.3, and the Aluminum Man Olympic.
Besides the triathlons, I did 9 Open Water Swims.
I ran one running race, the Timberline Trail Half Marathon, where I won my age group!
That's it for my quickie update. I'll be back to recap this second taper week and then again next week to post my goals (spoiler alert: FINISH) and final thoughts and stuff. I'll also post the tracking info and all that. My race number was posted a few days ago and it is #2252. Yay! This is really happening!!!!
Thanks for reading. :) Have a great weekend!