Sunday, October 27, 2013

2013 IMFL Training Done!

In 2011 I trained 196 actual hours of my planned 304 hour 20 week plan for Ironman Florida.  That's 64%.  This year, 2013, I trained 166 actual hours (adding 3 hours for taper), or so, of my planned 306 hour 20 week plan.  That's 54%.

As you might have seen before, my plan, like most plans, should stair step up in intensity each week with three recovery periods in between.  The chart shows hours of training on the left and weeks 1 through 20 on the bottom.

2013 Planned Training (hours / weeks)
As you can see from my actual training I didn't always stick to the plan.  The stair steps are virtually non-existent however, I got in some good weeks of training along the way.

2013 Actual Training (hours / weeks)
So that's about it.  I guess I averaged about 8 hours and 18 minutes of training per week.  I still have a few days to go.  I will say that those 166 hours were intense and I did add 4 or 5 weeks at the beginning for the 2013 Augusta Ironman 70.3.

The odd thing is that I'm strangely at peace with the whole thing.  The thought of doing a full 140.6 Ironman really doesn't seem that daunting.  I have had two years to forget about the pain from my last effort.  I suppose it really depends upon how much I want to push myself to the edge.  Too much effort and I might fall off a cliff before the finish line, too little effort and I might have regrets, just the right amount and I should have energy to cheer on my fellow competitors long into the night.  Maybe I'll get some good pictures too.    

See my 2013 training plan here in pdf format.

Thanks for reading.

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