I am off to a GREAT start in my Ironman training!! I was scheduled to swim for 60 min yesterday which I did and then hopped on the bike when I got home from the pool for about 30 minutes to shake out the legs. Today I was scheduled to run a hilly route for 50 minutes, so I chose to run Stagecoach. For those of you who have run Stagecoach, you know just how hilly it is. For those of you who have never had this experience, you don't know what you are missing...it is VERY challenging and as a result, VERY rewarding :) Earlier in the day, I completed a 45 minute TRX (suspension training) workout followed by an hour of weight lifting and core strengthening. I got on the bike tonight for a 30 minute ride before watching The Biggest Loser. It feels really good to be back on the training train :)
Speaking of Biggest Loser...some friends of mine (who also compete in these ridiculous events) and I are competing against each other in our own Biggest Loser competition. After having gained 15 pounds since Jan 1, 2010 I definitely need to lose some weight!! While watching the new contestants on The Biggest Loser weigh in, I realized that if I wasn't so driven with fitness, I could potentially be one of those contestants who are very obese. The majority of my relatives on my mother's side of the family are obese, my sister is obese and I love to eat!! All of these factors could potentially push me in a different direction, but I have chosen a different train to ride...The Fitness Train...choo choo!!
I have decided I have another goal to add to the completion of Ironman for 2011. I am going to cycle everyday from now until the taper for Ironman; even if it means cycling for only 30 minutes on a couple of the week days. I am hoping that this will help make me much stronger on the bike and thus faster. After completing RAGBRAI in 2010, I felt so much stronger on the bike. There is something about cycling everyday that makes you stronger :)