The taper is in full swing and I am now left wondering how the day will unfold on November 6. As I look back at the past 12 weeks I must admit it was not the ideal Ironman prep. The knee surgeries of 2010 and the somewhat irregular sleeping patterns of my 3 month old and almost 4 year old made this training period challening to say the least.
I can't help but compare my trainining from IML 2009 vs. IMF 2010.
IML 2009 Averages per Week
Swim 40 min / 1,175 yds
Bike 5:25 hrs / 120 miles
Run 2:04 / 16.9 miles
Weekly Hours 7:54
IMF 2010 Averages per Week
Swim 40 min / 1,650 yds
Bike 3:30 hrs / 106 miles
Run 2:02 / 17.8 miles
Weekly Hours 7:35*
*excluding 2 weeks of little to no training per knee surgery
Below you will see the allocation of time per each discipline from July 26 to present (excluding taper phase):
The one thing I look forward to analyzing both during and post IMF is how the strength training helped 'fill the gap' for the 2 hr difference on the bike. IML reflected an average bike time per week of 5 hrs and 25 min vs. 3 hrs and 30 min for IMF.
I have never felt stronger for an Ironman and certainly feel the 'mental reserves' have not been tapped. Its amazing how important those reserves are for this distance.
The challenge of the Iron distance awaits and I am eager to test the "IM in 10" methods once again.
Stay tuned friends,