Saturday, May 6, 2017


April was much better than March. My chest cold cleared up and the weather warmed up (most days). My month totals are below.

All of the biking was indoors on the trainer or on the bike at the YMCA. My long was an hour and a half on thd trainer. Hopefully, I'll get outside a couple times this month. We'll call it a win if I can get in a couple rides on my 40 mile route south of town.

I think one run was on the treadmill. Otherhows my outside runs were 4 to 8 miles with my long run being about 8.2 miles. I hit a 9:45 min/mile average on my longest run, and that is quite possible my best run ever (it felt easy on a windy day). I'm sticking with two runs a week; it's a safe play. I know my joints can put up with the wear and tear of a two run week. I'll just try to stretch out the distance over the next few months.

I've only been swimming about once a week, and that seems like plenty. I'm not worried about the swim. I've been doing mile swims, and that's about as much as I can stand. I'll have to get some open water at some point, but that is for later in the summer.

I do some strength training once or twice a week, and that's easily the most important part of my training. When I get down (line in March) I have to remember hope predictable my body is. My shoulders, hips and knees will hurt on the swim, bike and run (respectively) if I neglect my strength work. With my strength work, I hurt little enough to be convinced that Ironman is doable and not too detrimental to my health.