Today marked day 1 of my Ironman Wisconsin training plan – finally! I have been waiting for this day for months. Thank you everyone for the well wishes on Twitter and Facebook today to get me moving.
I’ve mentioned this before, but in case you forgot, I’m using the Matt Fitzgerald level 7 training plan. After seeing the success that DRog and Jeff are having with the plan, I can’t wait to chart my own progress.
Today’s workout called for a 1800yd swim and 1 hour Z2 bike ride. And tomorrow’s workout? A day off. Wait, what? Oh, that’s right, Tuesdays are my scheduled day off. This is a bit of deviation from the actual plan which has the off day on Mondays. Tuesdays work better for me, so they are going my off/floater days. If there is another day that I know won’t work for a specific workout, I can always move it to Tuesday. Otherwise, I think I will aim to do yoga on Tuesdays as way to rest and recover. I am also going to try and fit at least one more core/strength workout per week into my training. Even if it is just 30 minutes, I really felt and noticed a difference in my offseason training once I started incorporating a little strength training.
My swim this morning was super easy compared to what I have been doing in the offseason. I have been working my way through Triathletes Workouts in a Binder book which has me doing 2500-3000yds per swim, so 1800yds was a walk in the park. I got some great advice from Jeff on how to approach the swim training – Thanks again Jeff. I am going to follow the plan for the first week to see how a 4 day swim week (compared to 3 day) affects me. I’ll reevaluate after that and then may start to up my distances ahead of schedule to get back to what I am used to. I’m fairly confident in my swimming thus far and am not too worried about that aspect of training. (as a non-swimmer, I never thought I would hear myself say that).
My bike ride this afternoon was nothing special. I road the Reeds Lake Triathlon course which is about 20 miles. I had the wind at my back on the way out which meant I had to fight the it AND the hills on the way back. It took it easy though and worked on keeping my cadence up and not pushing too hard. It was only about 36* out, but with gloves, headband, tights and shoe covers, I was actually very comfortable. I am really hoping that I can put the trainer away for the rest of the year. Optimistic, I know, but a man can dream right?
Any ways, it was a great first day and my spirits are high!
If you are interested in seeing my workout plan, feel free to check out the Google Calendar in the sidebar to the right. You can see the actual details by clicking on a particular workout code. Or you can see a calendar view here.