Now that my 2012 season is over, everything that I do with regard to health, training, triathlon, nutrition and weight management have to be done with C-man in mind. That being said, I’m in need of some guidance.
I plan on following in the footsteps of Jeff, Kevin, and Jon and use Matt Fitzgerald’s level 7 Ironman plan. With my race being on September 29, 2012, the 24 week plan officially begins on April 15. My questions revolve around what to do until then. Jeff Irvin gave me what I consider to be great advice: considering my limited endurance history, I should commence marathon training this winter so that when my IM training begins, I’ll have a solid base and those long runs won’t be a huge shock to my system. I’ve decided to follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2 plan(18 weeks). Jeff also suggested that I hop on the trainer a few times a week for some recovery and interval training. All this sounds good to me, but I don’t know when to do it. I’m going to be running for the next month and a half as I have a Half Mary on Thanksgiving weekend. If I were to begin the Marathon training right now, I’d be finished it by the beginning of February, which would allow me to rest and recover a bit before IM training. The problem could possibly be that if I stopped running in February, I might loose some of the fitness that I worked so hard to get. Or I could train for the Half Mary, take 3 weeks off and then start the marathon training in the middle of December which would take me right up to April 15 when I start IM training. The possible problem here is will my body be screaming for a break by late next summer.
Over the course of the last year, I’ve battled with rest and recovery/ how much is too much kind of thing. As I write this on a Tuesday afternoon, my last training session was yesterday morning and I’m feeling guilty as can be. I want to be ready for C-man, but I don’t want to be worn down. As always I would appreciate your thoughts and thanks for reading!