2016 IMLP Training – WEEK 3

WEEK 3 – January 11, 2016 – January 17, 2016

Being indoors at the start of a training plan is always a drag for me.  In 2013, when I started training for Ironman Wisconsin, I started in late February, which meant I was a little bit closer to spring, and being outside.  This time I am sure that I am looking at a solid three months indoors with our crazy Chicagoland weather.

Being inside isn’t really a bad thing.  Many triathletes do the majority of their training indoors, winter, spring, summer or fall.  I don’t know how their brains allow them to do that, because the boredom would kill me.

But this week I kind of turned the corner.  I would dread looking at each bike workout, knowing that I was looking at sitting on that hard saddle for 1.5 hours or more.  This week I seemed to have motivation and get it done mentality.  I hope it lasts until spring.

The swim work out this week called for a straight 2500 yard swim, with no drills or workouts thrown in on Tuesday.  That is a little of a mental break, because having to remember all of the drill and the lap I am on while swimming is a challenge for me.  (I am starting to think that I need to mentally suck it up!)  Thursday’s swim was another workout, but easier to follow as it had 12 X 100 yard repeats.  I did well with them, keeping my splits somewhere around 2 minutes per 100.  I know, that’s not very fast, but that’s all I got.  Plus, I am not doing kick turns.  I never saw the need to learn them because you won’t need them in the lake.

The bike and run workouts were basically the same, but got a bump up in time by about 15 minutes.  Slowly easing my way out of the first phase of training.


Swims: 2, 2 hours, 5000 yards

Bikes: 3 total, 3 hours, approx. 42 miles

Runs: 7 total, 4 hours, approx. 27 miles

Week 3 – DONE!



Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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