Today marks the beginning of my 18 week journey that ends at the finish line of the Big Kahuna Half Ironman Race in Santa Cruz, CA on September 9.
Talk about taking on a huge time commitment. As a grad student, I know it’s the perfect time for me to train for one. I will have finished my second year and coursework. I have an outside job where I work from home and set my own hours for the summer. And I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, where summer’s aren’t too hot to train for something like this.
As such, I began this journey early this morning with a 5am wakeup call (well it was actually 5:30, but same difference, right?!). Why the early wakeup?
I had to get a few hours of work in before I could head to the gym for my first workout of training: 1000m swim + 20 mile bike ride.
The view from the stationary bike (yes, that’s the ocean in the far distance).
And, just for good measure, I followed that up with a strength and cardio class I’m taking on campus. Yeah, I was at the gym from 8:30-12. Talk about baller status.
I actually had someone ask me this morning on Instagram (<3), so for those of you out there looking for a delicious dairy free and/or gluten free protein drink, CalNaturale is for you. Here’s the deets from their webage:
Like seriously. This stuff is like liquid heaven. It tastes sooo good – it doesn’t even taste/feel like a protein drink. I actually drank it post swim+bike, and then ran a mile about 15 minutes after drinking ~1/2 of it, and was completely fine. I then completed an intense strength sesh without any complaints – except that I wanted more. Hah.
**I am not being compensated in any way for this opinion. It is truly mine. If any brainwashing occurred, it was self induced.**
Anyway, with my first workout under my belt, I am feeling confident and strong, albeit a little bit tired (thank you 530am wakeup), and am super excited for the weeks of training to come. I realize this is a little preemptive and I may start hating training soon, but here’s to positive thinking and positive starts! As such, this is what my next three weeks should look like for training:
Will it all happen? I’ll keep you posted – with (hopefully) weekly training updates, and changes to my schedule. I’m following (mostly) the training schedule from here. I’ve got a few additional workouts thrown in there (mostly for strength building purposes), plan to add some yoga in there, and as I progress I will probably be adjusting some (for example Thursday nights I do track workouts with my endurance team and Saturdays I might throw some longer runs in just for fun).
I’m also excited for the couple triathlons I have scheduled intermittently this summer as ‘practice’ tris to help get my transition times down. I have a goal time in mind for finishing it, granted training goes according to plan, and really want to make sure than transitions aren’t what kills me as at my (first and only) tri last fall, I lost a lot of time during transitions.
Here’s to the new challenge, a guaranteed PR and the elatedness I feel now staying with me for the next 18 weeks.
Have you ever trained for a half ironman or ironman? Have any suggestions for a newbie?!
Anyone know of any really good and very supportive tri tops/suits for women? I’m in the market for one…