Week 52 – The end of downtime

After I finished my epic Athens Marathon my body and spirit were broken.

I got sick. I was in so much pain and so tired that motion felt painful. The idea of gearing up for another go at it was just inconceivable.

My coach agreed that I was baked.

So I took a break. And in reality this month-and-a-half break was the longest break I have take in my training since I started training. Pretty much continuously from 2010 I have been training for some reason or another to achieve some objective.

But now I am ready to go. The battery of desire is recharged, the spirit is engaged and the mountain looks appealing.

The long term plan remains, an Ironman in 2015. After reading about some epic attempts from folks I know, the challenge is that much more daunting.

The midterm plan, for 2014, is to do Vineman Half Ironman and the Athens Marathon.

The weight loss goal is to lose 30 pounds this year before the Athens Marathon and 30 more pounds before next year’s Ironman. After the Athens Marathon it was clear my weight is the single biggest obstacle to me pulling this off.

And because I am told that sharing you weight plan with a wider group encourages you to be honest, my plan is to put my daily weight graph in this blog…

The basic outline of the training plan is the following for January:

 Mon     Bike (pm)
 Tue     Run
 Wed     Long Swim (prefer Tues)
 Thu     Long Bike
 Fri     Long Run
 Sat     Rest Day
 Sun     Swim

And for February:

 Mon     Run am / Bike pm 
 Tue     Long Swim 
 Wed     Bike/Run brick 
 Thu     Swim / Long Bike 
 Fri     Long Run 
 Sat     Rest Day 
 Sun     Swim

70.3 here I come…

This looks like it’s going to hurt…


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