After a mid-season “break” of 3 weeks reduced training, the build for Ironman Arizona has begun. The first week transitioning back to the higher volume/intensity definitely put my body in hurt mode. The heat and Arizona “monsoon” season humidity have added to the hurt factor. Makes keeping on top of hydration a full-time affair. During my break time I got to cut back to 8-9 workouts a week..about 10-12 hours of training. A 17 hour week (15 workouts) to transition followed by 18.5 hours last week. 10 20+ hour weeks will follow and then 3 weeks to taper. Throw in 4 races (a 1/2 Ironman, 2 sprint tri’s and a duathlon) between now and then and that makes for a busy schedule! 13 weeks seems just around the corner.
After my “winter” break, my first week of training is coming to an end. This has been a very easy week just to get things “working” again. The workouts would be considered easy recovery workouts during the season. However, after 3 weeks of play station, these short easy workouts have left my leg muscles sore. Fortunately they will get a reprive this weekend…camping in the southern Arizona back country!
Silverman on 11-7-2010 was my last race of the 2010 season. 3 weeks of zero workouts was a well earned break. 3 weeks of PS3, Thanksgiving feast and those leftovers! During my down time I also volunteered at Ironman Arizona. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. So today I ventured out for my first workout for the 2011 season. It was a cool (by Tucson standards), windy day so I “bundled” up in my running shorts and long sleeve shirt. Then it was out the door for a 30 minute run. It felt good but at the same time the legs just weren’t the same as they were 3 weeks ago. One workout down…many, many to go!