Eleven weeks to go until Ironman Texas. I have finished three half Ironman distance triathlons before, and that offers me no reassurance of completing a full. Going the 140.6 is still inconceivable. The whole endeavor requires blind faith in the training plan.
Last week went well, and this week progresses nicely. I can look at the plan and feel some comfort. The slowly lengthening long runs and rides seem doable week to week. The speed work is modest and achievable. There are even a few races thrown in to keep me entertained and honestly hitting race paces. The plan makes sense.
But then contemplating the end goal, a sub 13 hour Ironman, hits me with waves of doubt and anxiety. It does not seem reasonable at all.
This undertaking is controlled insanity really. It would be a better use of the next couple months to quit now. Jog once or twice a week, and have a productive life interacting with people and doing other things. But I have to embrace the insanity of it to achieve this thing I want to achieve. And honestly, I relish it. It excites me.
Keep my head on the next workout in the plan. The map is made, just focus on the next bend in the road. Have faith that I am headed to that place far over the horizon. Have faith that in three months I will be at that finish line.
I have two races this year that matter. Where in the past I have looked at every new race as a chance for gradual improvement, this year I am going to focus on two big days. All of my training for the next six months and all the smaller races are going to center around those two very big goals.
I am coming off a disappointing run season. My desire to qualify for the Boston Marathon will have to go unfulfilled for a while longer. Last weekend, I ran well for the first 15 miles of the Austin Marathon, then fell off pace and struggled. Marathons are agony. This race, followed by last year’s are still numbers 1 and 2 for most difficult races I have endured.
I botched my training and didn’t make my tune up races. I can’t despair that when I don’t do the work in training, I fail on the course. I still set a PR on a warm humid morning, but I don’t like not being prepared to reach the goals I want to reach.
With Boston hopes sidelined for the time being, I have those other looming goals. Ironman Texas is in twelve weeks. This will be my first full Ironman, and I still find the distances unfathomable. Twelve weeks after that is Olympic Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee. I want to show in the top quarter of my age group, which means building a lot more speed.
For three months, I work on going long. Then for the next three months, I work on going fast.
I like racing, and I believe it does me good, so there will be plenty of low priority races scattered within my training. I am going to try and finish out the Texas Tri Series put on by High Five Events as I did in 2012 because those are the races that are the most fun.
But I have two dates always in mind. I go long. And then I go fast.
2/16 - Austin Marathon - 3:23:16 (Failed goal of 3:10)
4/6 - Capital 10K Run - C
4/13 - Austin 10/20 10 mile Run - C
5/3 - Cap2K Swim - C
5/4 - The Rookie Tri Sprint Triathlon - C
5/17 - Ironman Texas - A
5/26 - CapTex Olympic Triathlon - C
6/15 - Lake Pflugerville Tri Sprint Triathlon - C
7/13 - Couples Sprint Triathlon - C
8/3 - Jack’s Generic Intermediate Triathlon - C
8/9 - USAT Nationals Milwaukee Olympic Triathlon - A
9/1 TriRock Austin Olympic Triathlon - C
9/27 - Kerrville Half Triathlon - C
10/26 - Ironman 70.3 Austin - B