It’s all been a bit quiet on www.ironsnook.co.uk of late. I haven’t updated the blog for over a month.
To be honest I have a good excuse. On the 17th February my second child was born, a beautiful baby girl we have called Mia. Naturally training went on hold whilst I helped my wife recover from the birth and look after our 2 year old. I went back to work this week and my training restarted.
|Don Fink – handsome isn’t he?|
Challenge Weymouth is a mere 190 days away as I write this and I have started my Ironman training plan. Well I say my plan, but I have done nothing to create it. The honour of writing my plan goes to Mr Don Fink.
Fink wrote a book called “Be Iron Fit – Time Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness”. The training plans held within this book are designed to get the fastest improvements on fitness possible over a 30 week period. Your fitness is designed to peak for your big race day and countless Triathletes before me have followed the plans to Ironman success.
I have had to start the plan on week 3, as week 1 and 2 were during my paternity leave and I was otherwise occupied. You start with a mere 8 hours a week training, ramping up to over 20 hours a week by the end.
This may sound like a lot to some of you and if I am honest it sounds like a lot to me. That being said I am almost at the end of my first week of training and I feel great. I have actually done a little bit more than the plan stipulates so far but am ache and injury free. To top it all I have just got back from a swim session which was by far the most enjoyable training session I have ever had. I felt strong and like I could have carried on swimming forever.
There are a few minor hiccups to following the Fink plan. Firstly he stipulates specific dates when you should compete in an Olympic distance and then later a Half Ironman in preparation. I have already booked an Olympic distance race and it doesn’t match the date Fink suggests. Hopefully this won’t make much difference.
Secondly I am running the Brighton Marathon for Chestnut Tree House on Sunday 12th April so I am currently doing one long run a week ramping up for this. Fink does suggest long runs; however they are not as long as what I am currently doing at this stage of his plan.
The marathon is likely to take it out of me and normal people take a fair bit of time off of training following a marathon as it is quite a task in itself. Triathletes are not normal people. I am treating the Brighton Marathon as a training run and will be back to my Ironman training plan as quickly as possible afterwards (though I might have a couple of days off as reward).
Just a very quick update for tonight as I am intending on blogging weekly for a while as there is a fair amount to discuss.
Hope you all have a good weekend.