Fortunately its not going to be a huge shock. I will NOT be riding 100 miles every weekend out of the gate just because it is "Ironman specific." Like anything, there needs to be a build up. In fact, this weekend might look almost exactly like last weekend's efforts, except for a 2 mile swim race added on.
But mostly, I see the 12 week out mark as getting mentally ready for the race. What is the course like? What courses in my area are suitable for replicating the terrain up there? What will the on course nutrition be? Can I replicate it myself, and if so, will it work for me? What will be the best days to recover? How will I schedule these longer workouts in with travel and work? When will I balance this all with family? W
The past two weeks have been bringing everything together. My run is finally shaping back up. My bike fitness is hitting all new highs. The last three weeks especially my bike fitness decided to truly show up for the season. And! The swim is finally, FINALLY shaping up! OMG I have been SO frustrated with my swim form this season. It just doesn't want to show up! The other night I did a 4 x 500 set and actually had some decent results. Amazing how 1-3 seconds faster per 100 can yield some faster times, especially over a longer distance. And what is even stranger, is that I go EVEN faster if I breath exclusively to my left. I am a always breaths to the right swimmer, but yet doing what is uncomfortable makes me go WAY faster. 3 secs/100 in a 5x100 set. WTF?!?
What I am trying to get at, is that my "base" fitness is where it is supposed to be leading into "pure" Ironman training. I feel like everything is well rounded and there is still only one way to go, and that is up!
I am also happy that I haven't peaked yet. Last season I sort of peaked in early April, and another in early June, and then I basically went flat till Placid, other than building up incredible endurance. I am mostly speaking of raw speed here. This season I am not worrying about hitting top speed in May/June and trying to hold it till August. It is just NOT possible! I want to have a mini peak at the end of June, and a LARGER peak at the end of August for the 140.6, then my body can give me the middle finger all it wants in September.
But first!, this weekend I am doing a 2 mile swim race in a lake in Reston, VA. After being labeled as being in the "safety blanket" division, aka, the wetsuit division, I wonder if I should shed this "safety blanket" and just swim for the sake of pure swimming?
The following weekend is Rev3 Quassy Olympic. That might be a nice contrast to go 2 miles sans wetsuit, then 0.9 miles with a wetsuit and see if I go super fast at the Olympic.
Hope you have a great long Memorial Day Weekend and get lots of miles and yards or kilometers and meters in!!!