Sep 08

Ironman Training By Numbers

If this works, this post should go live while I am in Madison prepping for race day.

665 days before I turn 30.

The Training

  • 160 – Days Training (Taper Excluded) – March 28th – September 4th
  • 323 Total Workouts
  • 118 Runs for 668 Miles (or the 26.2 mile distance 25 times)
  • 93 Bike Rides for 3,263 Miles (or the 112 mile distance 29 times)
  • 86 Swims for 219,000 yards (124.33 miles) (or the 2.4 mile distance 54 times)
  • 26 Strength/Yoga workouts

The Nutrition

  • 5 – Canisters of Powerbar Perform consumed
  • 5 – Boxes of Gu Chomps Consumed
  • 15lb – Weight lost (170lb – 155lb)
  • ~100oz – Pop consumed. The little bit consumed was mainly as recovery drink or mixed with JD.

The Rides and Races

Mental Status

  • 1 – Mental Breakdowns
  • 1 – Number of Ironman Nightmares. I dreamt that they gave me wrist band 555 despite being registered as 1072. Basically no one understood the gravity of the problem. I was told that because the athlete who had number 1072 “looked sort of like me” it wouldn’t be a problem.

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  1. Rodney

    Great training recap! You put in the hard work, now prepare to take in the glory of 140.6 miles!

    Good luck!
    Rodney recently posted..570

  2. Jeff

    So we need to track athlete #555? Have a great race and kick that courses arse!w

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Registered today and was lucky enough to get #1072. However, if #555 is faster than me, you can track him/her instead and pretend it is me. haha

      This has gotten real. My complacency is gone and I am amped up!

  3. Morgan

    You are going to rock the hell out of this IM!!!! I will be thinking of you and sending all sorts of “get ‘er done” vibes! LOL!

    I loved that most of the pop consumed was with JD. LOL! Also, that nightmare is so hilarious. Could you even imagine?!?!?

    Alright go light it up out there!!! Will be tracking you like a stalker!
    Morgan recently posted..WWKD

  4. lindsay

    soda/coke. soda/coke. soda/coke.

    get it right.

    also your vacation secret is not a secret because i saw the whooooole thing. and south carolina kind of looks like your right hand fist. just gotta cut off at the wrist to get the coastline, no biggie.
    lindsay recently posted..ten things i know about suar

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Coke is so stupid. If I want a Coca Cola, I’ll say I want a Coke. I don’t want to ask for a Coke and then get asked “what flavor”. With Coke being HQ-ed in Atlanta that has always intrigued me as the word for POP in the south.

      Oh, and I brought my orange shirt with me. 🙂 Not to race in, but I’ll probably do a warmup run in it.

      Your fist? Seriously? It’s a stretch.

  5. Jon


    Ok, your dream: the “who gives a shit” attitude from everyone else in your dream? That is EXACTLY what happened to me in my nightmares. No one else understood the importance of what was going wrong!!! And that right there just shows how important this race is to you. Don’t worry, they WONT screw up your bib #!
    Jon recently posted..TTT: GRRAAAARRRRR!!!!!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Good news. I got number 1072 as expected. Whew! Made it registration just in time to squeeze it in today. I was glad to get it done today rather wait tomorrow when it is sure to be busy.

      This has totally gotten real. So amped right now!

  6. Derek

    nice Strength and yoga!!

    you have had an excellent training cycle
    ur ready
    cant wait to be there 🙂 !!
    best of luck ~ do ur thing

  7. Matt Smith

    I agree with Jon…ANIMAL! You’re a stud, and one day I want to be like you! Maybe it’ll happen for me before I turn 30! I can’t believe how many times you’ve actually done the different distances for an IRONMAN. Actually, I would love to copy your training schedule, but I don’t know if I’d be as loyal to it as you have been. You stuck with the plan and gave it your whole heart. Only 1 breakdown isn’t too bad at all, and if I remember correctly, it was for like 2 hours and you bounced back. I wish so badly that I could be there to support you this weekend, but I’ll do it from afar. Go, Kevin, Go!!!!!
    Matt Smith recently posted..Steelhead 70.3 Ironman Race Report

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Maybe??? There is no maybe!!! You got this. You kicked butt at Steelhead, you can totally do a full IM! IMFL or IMKY maybe?? I’d say to do the new Michigan Iron, but since you are bailing on the Midwest…. haha j/k!

      I’d be happy to send you a copy of the training schedule. I can send you a PDF when I get home. If I forget and you don’t get it next week, just remind me.

  8. Alli

    Kevin Michael YOU ARE AMAZING!

  9. BDD

    ENjoy your reward for all your hard work
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  10. katie

    It worked! I hope you are having a blast doing race prep. Home stretch, baby!!!
    katie recently posted..three things thursday

  11. Emily

    I love this. It really puts into perspective how much work goes into this madness. I may have to add it to the list of ideas I steal from you 🙂
    Emily recently posted..The Ironman Wisconsin Goal Post

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I prefer “borrow”. At least that is what I did 🙂 (from who, I can’t remember). I can’t claim credit for the idea though.

      Wow was it windy today. Thankfully there isn’t wind like today forecasted.

      How much ice cream have you eaten so far????

  12. Emz

    Only one mental breakdown?! Awesome.

    But seriously 5 boxes of gu chomps?! Boxes?!
    Holy. Crap.

    You’ve. Sooooooo. Freaking. Got. This!!!!

  13. Lisa

    love this post – what a great recap of numbers. Have a great race. Don’t worry about that guy with your race number, he looks sorta’ like you. 😉
    Lisa recently posted..Predictions and Plans

  14. Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner

    Nice work! I did about 1/4 of that training 🙂
    Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner recently posted..Third Time’s a Charm!

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