With no full 140.6 Ironman triathlons on the schedule for 2012 I've been a little slack in my training. That's not to say that I didn't have some good training days or that I didn't take my training seriously. It's just that I didn't seem to have as many good hard training days as I thought I'd need to be as competitive as I think I can be. Of course it can't be calculated what additional damage any increased effort might have caused my body. Pull a muscle or twist an ankle and I'm through for the season. To highlight my training over the past 20-weeks I took my training plan and created charts of what I planned to do, what I actually did, and what was the percentage of completed vs. planned training. Each chart indicates only the time expended on each discipline and not the intensity of effort or the time required to prepare. As most of you know, a 5 hour and 30 minutes century training day usually starts before dawn and ends late in the late afternoon. Before you know it the whole day is shot and all you have to show for it is a lawn that still isn't mowed, a dog that needs some attention, and a wife wondering when it will all end.
As expected, my plan called for some base building, stair-steps of increased effort for 3 weeks followed by a recovery week. The 4 week process then starts all over again 2 more times before ending with 2 weeks of tapering before the race. The systematic increases in training duration over time was somewhat disrupted by 3 century rides, a few sprint triathlons, and an awful case of hives for which 5 months later I have yet to find the cause and from which I still suffer. A daily Zyrtec tablet keeps it in check.
|Hives from an as yet undiagnosed Allergy|
|Planned hours of training|
|Completed hours of training|
|Actual percentage of of completed/planned training|
Fortunately, I have a do-over scheduled for October 28th in the form of the 2012 Ironman Miami 70.3.
Wish me luck!
Thanks for reading.