Sunday: Run/walk 4 miles, weights
I've spent some time this weekend doing training research, and think I've come up with a plan. I really like the free ironman training program at trifuel.com, but I had a few concerns:
- There's a ton of swimming (up to four days a week!) that I don't necessarily need.
- Everything is done by time and heart rate rather than distance, so if I remain very, very slow, then I might not get in the distance that's intended.
- There's no time for yoga, which I really think I want to keep up.
- The taper is only two weeks and (to me at least) looks like too much work too close to the race.
- My job is going to create a handful of three- or four-day periods where I can't work out at all.
So the plan I came up with is to start the 36-week program 40 weeks out. That gives me one extra week to taper, one extra week to add on distance to my long ride and/or run, and two weeks of buffer to add random rest days when work gets crazy. I'll stick to swimming once or twice a week, but maybe double up the swims to get in the full week's yardage. And I'll take the time freed up by swimming less often to do yoga about twice a week.
I'm 42 weeks out from the race right now, so I'm thinking I might back off on my training a bit for the next two weeks (and hit a ton of yoga classes instead) so that I can start fresh and raring to go.