Monday, March 1, 2010


With just under six months to go until Ironman Canada, I'm in my second base-building week and am starting to adjust to the volume. Maybe this thing is achievable after all....but there is still lots of work to do.

This past week I logged 13 hours, 30 minutes and actually enjoyed most of it to boot! Having the winter Olympics in the background was a great motivator as well as the unseasonably warm weather.

I spent 6:30 on the bike, 5 hours running and 2 hours swimming, including a 100k ride on Saturday morning and a 20-mile run on Sunday morning. Admittedly, I freaked out a little early in the week upon realizing that I only have 7 weeks to go until the Boston marathon with no 30k+ runs under my belt, but am feeling a little more confident about my race preparations after having put in the 20-miler on Sunday at a 4:57 pace.

Last year this time I was logging 100+ km weeks, so it will be interesting to see how the lower run volume and massive amounts of cross-training impact my marathon. It is really strange to me to spend more time on the bike than running :) Somewhat interesting, however, is that my average run pace is faster than in previous training blocks - this week was 61 km at 4:59, the previous week 57km at 4:38. I attribute this to more high quality run workouts and fewer recovery runs. Only time will tell if this approach translates to success on race day.

Pre- and post-workout nutrition is still a challenge, and I am struggling a bit to manage my diet. So. Hungry. All the time. I feel like I'm eating constantly and yet still having hunger pangs pretty regularly, which is really surprising because I estimate that I am consuming in the neighbourhood of 2800-3000 calories a day. It's also really hard to juggle eating well with the training volume, full-time work and life in general...damn those gummy bears!

1 comment:

  1. mmm food my favourite :)

    It sounds like FAT may be your friend here.

    Make sure you are eating lots of the good ones, almonds, avacoados, full fat milk and dairy and not only will you be consuming the calories your body needs youll also feel full.