This Monday, Jan 28, I started my half iron training program. I have been doing a variation of this training program for about a year so I am familiar with the schedule. The difference now will be the intensity. My goal is to not only to improve my endurance, but to also improve my speed.
I plan to incorporate more speed drills and tempo runs/ride/swims. This is going to be fun. As always when I go into a new season, I plan out my races and then work backwards from there. This year, I have actually rated A races. I have incorporated a couple of sprint tri's as B/C races just to work on transitions and to keep my focus.
An 18 week training plan can tend to get a little monotonous, but with less intense races scattered, I think I will be able to make it. I love racing.
Now about Running. I have a love/hate relationship with running. For me running has always been easy. I can quickly zone out while running. I never really worked on it.
I am currently reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. This book is mostly about ultramarathons and ultra racing. While I have run a couple of marathons and I enjoyed the challenge, I have not been bitten by the ultra bug. While some would consider an Ironman an ultra event, I don't. Not yet anyway.
While I am finding some of the book very interesting and good, other parts seem to be dragging on. Way too much background on each person. I am struggling to finish it. More on this once I actually finish it.