Monday, February 1, 2010

next stop, hawaii

My YMCA has a winter program called "Indoor Ironman Challenge." If you sign up, you have the month of February to complete each of the Ironman Triathlon Distances - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. I signed up, and came up with a training schedule that gets me to the goal by gradually increasing in difficulty over the course of the month at a rate I think my out-of-shape body can handle.

Interested in joining me for a winter tune-up? Here's my schedule:

Week 1: swim 21 laps, run 5 miles, bike 20 miles

Monday: 10.5 lap swim*
Tuesday: 1.25 mile run, 5 mile bike
Wednesday: 1.25 mile run, 5 mile bike
Thursday: 10.5 lap swim
Friday: 1.25 mile run, 5 mile bike
Saturday: 1.25 mile run, 5 mile bike
Sunday: rest

Week 2: swim 21 laps, run 6 miles, bike 25 miles

Monday: 10.5 lap swim
Tuesday: 1.5 mile run, 6.25 mile bike
Wednesday: 1.5 mile run, 6.25 mile bike
Thursday: 10.5 lap swim
Friday: 1.5 mile run, 6.25 mile bike
Saturday: 1.5 mile run, 6.25 mile bike
Sunday: rest

Week 3: swim 21 laps, run 7 miles, bike 30 miles

Monday: 10.5 lap swim
Tuesday: 1.75 mile run, 7.5 mile bike
Wednesday: 1.75 mile run, 7.5 mile bike
Thursday: 10.5 lap swim
Friday: 1.75 mile run, 7.5 mile bike
Saturday: 1.75 mile run, 7.5 mile bike
Sunday: rest

Week 4: swim 21.5 laps, run 8.2 miles, bike 37 miles

Monday: 10.5 lap swim
Tuesday: 2 mile run, 8.75 mile bike
Wednesday: 2 mile run, 8.75 mile bike
Thursday: 11 lap swim
Friday: 2 mile run, 9.75 mile bike
Saturday: 2.2 mile run, 9.75 mile bike
Sunday: rest

*2.4 miles is 84.5 laps in my Y's pool. Also, I'm no good at swimming, so I kept the swimming amount constant throughout the month. The increase in difficulty will be how many of those laps I use a kickboard for versus how many I actually swim.

1 comment:

ashupe said...

That sounds really exciting! I was just going to suggest using a kick board when I read the end of your post. I'd also suggest using paddles on your hands (that sort of...web them), to make your arms stronger, and playing with the swim fins (they would always boost my confidence). A lot of times those things are lying around indoor pools that I've been to, but I doubt they'd be expensive.

Good luck with your training!