Monday, April 20, 2009

Mother Nature's Change of Plans

Mileage for week ending 4/19/09

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of my focused triathlon training! My training log in Excel started on 4/21/08 -- what a year it has been!

In the last year I learned to swim (one of my biggest accomplishments!), did Sprint, Olympic, Quarter and Half Ironman distance tris, trained for a completed a sub-4 hour marathon (my goal time) and registered for IMFL.

It was neat to look back over the past 52 weeks to see how my training has progressed and coincidentally, this week also marks my largest volume week yet! With Ironman Florida just over 6 months away, I am excited to see how much is yet to come.

One area that I want to focus on in the weeks and months ahead is nutrition. I have not experimented enough with various nutrition strategies or products, and while I have a plan for my HIM in a couple of weeks, I want to develop a more structured plan for IMFL. I would love to hear what each of you are doing for your races and your preferred products/supplements/etc.

This weekend I was supposed to complete a two day bike tour, but the Texas weather had other plans. The weather was so bad that for the first time in 25 years, the MS Society cancelled the first day of the ride. The good news is that Mother Nature's change of plans was actually probably a blessing in disguise for my training schedule.

My plan called for a 4 hour ride and a two day bicycle tour would obviously have meant substantially more saddle time. While I would have liked to have the saddle time, I am sure that I would have been more sore this week than intended and that would not have been so great for my last peak training week this week before my taper for the Gulf Coast Tri.

In other news, I am contemplating getting a new bike. I currently ride a Giant TCR AW (carbon/aluminum) road bike with a Fast Forward seat post and aero bars. Now that I have decided I am going to stick around the sport for a while, I am trying to decide if I want to upgrade to a nicer tri specific bike for my IM. Thoughts?

Swim: 5400 yards in 2:00
Bike: 91 miles in 6:05
Run: 29.5 miles in 4:27
Total Time: 12:32

2 comments:

Kelly said...

What a week!! Great job, Anne!! I'd love to hear about your nutrition plan for you HIM.

Trishie said...

one helluva year indeed ! congrats on all of your successes. I think it's so important to look back at what we've accomplished -- I think that triathletes tend to be so focused on what's next, PRing, training for the next race that we forget to look BACK and be proud !

I am starting to work on my nutrition plan for IMCOZ. I want to keep it simple simple. I'm thinking of doing 300 calories/ hour - 200 of Infinit + 1 GU for the bike... and then doing my usual marathon nutrition for the run (1 GU every 6 miles, alternate water and Gatorade at the fuel stops)