A Four Hour Training Block – Am I Nuts?!?

Life has been crazy lately. Not bad, just exceptionally busy. Even though last week was supposed to be a “light” training week (my Half Ironman plan involves 3 weeks of high intensity training, then one week of lower volume “recovery” training), I still wound up with almost 6.5 hours of workout time! In order to squeeze everything in and still get my hair cut & coloured, I doubled up my long ride and my long run on the same day. It was hard, but I figured it would be good practice for race day. Right?

Well, it worked well enough that I thought I should do it again this week – in fact, I plan to try to double up my long ride & run most of the time now until race day in twelve (12? 12!!) weeks. However, what I realized as I planned for my workout this coming Saturday is… my long ride & run combined will total 4 hours. Yes, you read that right… FOUR HOURS.

OH MY FREAKING…. Wait a minute. Why am I panicking? I expect race day will be about 7 hours, give or take 30 minutes. My first marathon took me 4:41. My second marathon took me over 6:30!! And I’ve done several training runs all in the 4-5 hour range. So why am I worried?

Honestly? I’m not. But these are the mental demons that come out and play on a regular basis – I’m sure many other runners, cyclists, and weight loss bloggers all know what I’m talking about. We know what we need to do. We probably even know we have what it takes to DO it! But the very thought of putting in that much effort…. Well, all of a sudden that evil little voice on your shoulder comes out to play, and whisper in your ear… “It’s too hard”. “Take a day off”. “Just skip today’s workout”. “Go ahead… eat the cake. One bite won’t hurt”. Any of these thoughts sound familiar? Or am I the only crazy person who hears voices?

So on Saturday, I fully intend to rock my 4 hour workout. I hope to average between 14-15 mph on the bike, hitting approximately 32-35 miles. I will then follow that up with a lovely run of 8-10 miles. Yep, I’m crazy. But on July 15 when I line up to race Ironman Racine 70.3? I’ll be ready. 🙂

Goals update: Hey, yesterday was super productive! I did my brick workout. I wrote two blog posts (and planned a couple more!). I also made lists of things I need to do this week, even breaking several of the activities down by day. On top of all that, I got a TON of stuff done at work too, so it really was a super productive day!

Today’s goals:

1. Swim workout (maybe – depends when I get up)
2. Run workout
3. Write 2 blog posts
4. File tax returns!

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