Yay! Week 1 is Done!


WEEK 1 – March 20 > March 26

Very glad to have one of the 30 weeks of training in the books.  I was excited to get started, and to once again be following a plan instead of just doing whatever certainly gives you a sense of accomplishment.

So if you are wondering what the first week of an Ironman training plan looks like, here’s how it went for me.

Monday – Rest day!  But I ended up doing a 30 minute stationary bike spin and a 2 mile treadmill run.

Tuesday – A swim and run.  I am following the easier “Just Finish” version of the swim plan in Be Iron Fit, so it was a 1600 yard swim today.  200 yard warm-up, 8×50 drills, 5×100’s with 20 seconds rest in between 100’s, another 8×50 drill set, and a 100 yard cool down.  I was very surprised at how much my shoulders and arms were fatigued during the swim.  I’m sure it will get easier within the next couple of weeks.  I averaged about 2:02/100 yds.  The run was supposed to be a 30 minute run in Zone 2, which is a light pace run.  I gunned it instead, pushing to finish 4 miles in the 30 minutes.  So much for following the plan.

Wednesday –  The bike/run brick day.  I always think of this day as an easy day, because it sort of is.  30 minutes on the bike with a 15 minute run and you are done.  Beats Thursday, that’s for sure.

Thursday – 3-shower Thursday.  I get up and shower before I go to work.  Swimming was up first, and I was still sore from Tuesday’s effort, having not done any swimming in months.  The fitness will come eventually, though.  You swim, then you take shower number 2 to get the chlorine smell off of you.  Then it’s off to home to spin on the bike for 30 minutes.  And since I am a running streaker, I get to do a mile after that on the treadmill to keep my streak alive.  Then it’s time for shower number 3 followed by a liberal coating of lotion so my skin doesn’t dry up completely and leave me itchy for two days.  I don’t like Thursday.

Friday –  It’s typically a run day, but since I was leaving town on Saturday to drive to Minocqua, Wisconsin I decided to do both Saturday’s 60 minute bike and brick the 30 minute run.  If I hadn’t, I would have missed the bike altogether.  Now I can do an easy mile or two before leaving on Saturday, and just do some easy running for the following three days after that.

Saturday/Sunday – An easy two mile run on the treadmill at home and then drove to the Northwoods. Sunday was an easy 5 miler around Minocqua.

So there we have it, Week 1 is in the books.  Just 29 more to go.


2 Swims – 3200 yards total

4 Bikes – 41 miles total

7 Runs – 20 miles total

Week 1 is DONE!  


Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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