A Big Workout Sandwich

Ryan | Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 2 Comments

Training 3.5 hours on a weekend day is one thing.

Doing it in the middle of the week is another.  I awoke at 6:30 to cram in my long run for the week as Yom Kippur will take up my Saturday.  So instead of going fast, I’ll be fasting.  Or trying to. Probably unsuccessfully given my mega-appetite lately.

I ran for two hours at Griffith Park starting at 7:26 a.m., the first hour being flat and the second covering the hilly horse trails.  Ahh, the smell.  Oh how I’ll miss that in the offseason.

I was pleased with my run performance overall.  Maintained a very steady pace on the hill portion (9-9:30) while my heart rate typically fell in the low-mid zone 3 range (low 150s).  I got into the low 160s on the big hills but quickly recovered.

Racing to work was probably the most hectic part of my workout.  I got in my car at 9:27 a.m., made it across town to the Burbank studio, showered, changed, ordered breakfast and made my 10 a.m. meeting with my boss.  I’m actually more proud of that transition time than most of my races!

After a work day that can only be described as “eventful”, I bolted back to Griffith Park for the evening LA Tri Club brick workout.  Minus the run portion, of course.  I had a 1:30:00 bike ride planned, with half of it a straight shot in zone 3 bpm (146-151).  For some reason, I could never quite reach the lower end of zone 3.  It didn’t seem to be fatigue related, as I hovered consistently in the high 130s, low 140s during the speed portion of the workout.  And my mph totals were in line with expectations (20-25 mph depending on wind direction).

Finally at 7:08 p.m., as the sun set, my long day of workouts drew to a close.  What a workout sandwich!  Two hours in the morning before work, a full day at work, and 1.5 hours after work.

I am cooked!  Now I’m just waiting for Steph to get home so we can enjoy some quality time together.  I’m tired of working out, or talking about working out, or thinking about working out.

And yet, in less than 12 hours, I’m back at it again.  In the pool, for a 6 a.m. swim since I have a work dinner tomorrow night.

Sometimes, the Ironman training workouts seem more intense than my actual work day.  And today’s work day was anything but leisure-filled.

65 days and counting.

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  1. Caleb says:

    Ha ha..Welcome to the life of full time work and Ironman training. Especially when you train to compete. It will as you know be like this until a week or so before your IM. It’s always like you are chasing a clock and there is never enough time in the day. Stay inspired! You’ll go through a lot of emotional struggles where you feel isolated and all you do is train and you’ll have bouts with guilt due to just not having it mentally as far as the ability to be there for everyone..You’ll be tired and you won’t be able to bring your mental “A” game to every part of your day and it will add some guilt as you feel you owe it to your finace, your job, pets if you have them….I couldn’t imagine those with kids..
    So just stay conscious of that and know when it’s all over you’ll miss it as well. It’s good you blog too as I didn’t and I wondered often if it was just me or if it was part of the journey.

  2. Ryan says:

    Thanks Caleb. I completely agree with everything you said here…and I still have 9 weeks to go! I just got an unexpected mini-pep talk from my coach this morning (wonder if he read my post last night) and he told me I need to change my frame of mind for the next 2-plus months. Basically, I need to embrace training for length of time and distance now and not worry about speed gains. The hours are going to be long and tough from here on out, so my satisfaction should come in the feeling at the end of each day after completing the workouts. I hope that will be enough. I almost feel like I’ve been on this long metaphorical trail run (for 10 months now!), I’ve been on flats for a bit cruising along and just turned the corner to find…the biggest climb of all is yet to come. I just need to breathe and push forward, and realize this is supposed to be fun! And that yes, at the end of the race, at mile 140, it will all be way more than worthwhile.

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