After almost 60 hours of efforts (I came up 3 mins short), I wound up with:
Swim: 35,250 yards
Bike: 466.15 miles
Run: 155.52 miles (are you kidding me?!?!?)
Basically I got it done in March and this will be the volume to not only carry me through my Half Ironman in a mere 10 days, but also is setting me up perfectly with a solid base when I hit Ironman specific training on May 1st.
I never DREAMED of running that much in 31 days. That comes out to be 5 miles EVERY day! Looking back, I ran a total of 56.67 miles in March of '09, and just 87 miles during March of last year. (I had a 40 mile week this past month!)
March was a major yo-yo month. I had a good week, then I had a bad week, then I had an excellent week, then I had a crappy week, finishing (so far) with a pretty decent week.
I did one race, a 15K down in Central Park and had a HUGE PR (by 9 mins). I think the running volume with intensity, especially on some of the long runs, has finally paid off.
Here are some race photos for your enjoyment :)
|WHAT am I looking at?!?|
|Chipmunk cheeks! Was I exhaling?|
|Actual finish time: 1:06:04|
As of right now, my legs are 80% healed from the race and I am preparing for one last onslaught this weekend before Galveston. 3.5 hour ride on Saturday plus a 30 min brick, followed by a 2 hour run on Sunday. Wow! Its easy volume. NO intensity! A bit different from my past tapers but I trust my coach and I am sure he knows what he is preaching. (I think he is doing St. Croix in a few weeks to qualify for Kona).
Have a good weekend!