Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ironman Training Weeks 1-2

Our Ironman training plan is 24-weeks long. Last week, I thought about recapping how our workouts went but decided that it would be better to recap two weeks at a time. I want to be able to look back at how our training went so that the next time I can use what worked, and change what didn't (you shouldn't be surprised that I'm already talking about a next time).


Totals - Swim: 3.64 miles, Bike: 70 miles, Run: 19.5 miles (93.14 miles)

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 5 mile run, 2,500 yard swim
Wednesday - 20 mile bike
Thursday - 20 mile bike
Friday - 5 mile run
Saturday - 9.5 mile run, 1,400 yard swim
Sunday - 30 mile bike, 2,500 yard swim

The theme for the first week can be best summed up as, "yay! I'm training again!" After taking the months of November - February off from training, and being injured for some of that time, starting a training plan was a welcome breath of fresh air. Some people may not like training plans, but I do so much better when I am on them.

Training plans get a thumbs up

The only notable changes that happened in our training during the first week were a switched bike and run on Thursday and Friday and an extra .5 miles on our run on Saturday. It was ridiculously cold on Thursday, and I was over it, so we waited to run on Friday when it was 45 degrees outside. I think it was the smart choice.

We did all of our workouts for the week, even after celebrating St. Patrick's Day downtown for hours on Saturday (though I didn't drink). We thought about not going swimming, but I felt guilty so we went.


Totals - Swim: 4.15 miles, Bike: 75.01 miles, Run: 21.14 miles (100.3 miles)

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 5 mile run, 1,500 yard swim
Wednesday - 20 mile bike
Thursday - 6 mile run
Friday - 20 mile bike
Saturday - 10 mile run, 2,900 yard swim
Sunday - 35 mile bike, 2,900 yard swim

If week one's theme was all rainbows and butterflies about training, the theme for week two was, "ooof, I'm training again". 

35 mile ride on the trainer

We didn't switch any of our workouts around this week, except for the yardage of our Tuesday and Saturday swims and the miles on our Tuesday and Thursday runs. Other than swimming and the majority of the bike on Sunday, I didn't feel great this week. Everything felt hard and I think that I was a bit run down. We did run on trails twice, which was a nice change, but even that felt hard. The reason it says I did 10 workouts this week is because we split Thursday's run into 2 miles on roads and 4 miles on trails.

 A lot of time in the pool this week

Saturday's run was particularly unpleasant for me and our friend Rob and Mike both could have pushed me into traffic for being such a complainer.

Luckily, the week is over and I know that there are other good ones to come. I also am realistic and know that not every week is going to be spectacular, but if they were I would be nervous for the starting jump into the Ohio River on August 24th. The challenges are what push you and make you stronger, and I definitely need that in order to become an Ironman.


  1. Great start to your training Jamie. Looking forward to watching the rest.

  2. You are doing well with your training. I was supposed to do the Tri Columbia, but and gonna change it to a local sprint as my first tri of the year. Especially since I am having hip issues. I start my training next week. YAY!

  3. You are starting off like a boss. LOVE it. Can't wait to see you kill it :) AHH so exciting!

  4. Gr8 1st weeks of training!! Keep up the positive attitude. Tell me more about the trail surface. Enjoy week #3, Cheers

  5. Great start! I'm winding down a training plan right now and I can't imagine working out as much as you do. Keep up the great work!

  6. Wow. Awesome start! I know you will do wonderful with this training. You are so dedicated.

  7. Off to a solid start! Get it! :)

  8. Such a solid start! Congrats! I bet the training takes a ton of planning, as I imagine a lot of time is involved!

  9. Girl you are doing amazing, and I can't wait to hear about every step of your journey! You inspire me!!

  10. Way to go! Like you, I thrive off training plans; bring on the structure. ;)