The Easy Part of IMLP – Training

May 4th, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Ironman | Life | Little Otter | Ryan

With all of our efforts surrounding raising funds for the Adirondack Medical Center, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that I signed up for a 140.6 mile race in 80 days (and counting). But, here we are in the middle of April and training is beginning to truly ramp up at this point.

After the disaster that was my half-marathon meltdown in Hyannis, I took solace in the fact that I had another opportunity to run well in a trip down to Wilmington, NC for the Wrightsville Beach 13.1. Although the trip was amazing and the city was excellent, I can’t say that the race went particularly well. In fact, it was literally shitty. I raced from port-o-john to port-o-john. It would appear that I don’t do well with the water down there. (Note to self for next year’s attempt at qualifying for Boston: bottled water only, bub.)

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Since our return from Wilmington, it’s been a bit of a struggle as the training and intensity from coach has definitely ramped up. Really, it comes down to finding ways to fit training in around the schedule of being a good father and husband, rather than the other way around. What’s that mean for some training days? Here’s an example of a couple of day schedules we’ve worked around:

Day 1 — Ryan: Swim and Run, Kelly: Run

4:30 AM – alarm without waking up Kelly or Ivy
4:45 AM – breakfast downstairs, only light on so that it doesn’t shine up the hallway to the bedrooms
5:05 AM – depart for the Y
5:15 AM – in the pool. 3300 yards to swim.
6:15 AM – drive back home. Second breakfast made. Kelly gets out with Ivy for her run
7:30 AM – on the way into the office; Kelly takes Ivy to day care
8:15 AM – start work
11:40 AM – head to gym at the office
11:45 AM – run
12:45 PM – lunch
1:00 PM – start of afternoon meetings
4:45 PM – leave to pick up Ivy from day care
5:30 PM – arrive home, make Ivy her next bottle, make dinner
6:30 PM – Kelly gets home, we eat
7:45 PM – Ivy’s last bottle
8:15 PM – put Ivy down for the night in her crib (YES!)
9:00 PM – lights out

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Day 2– Ryan: Bike and Run, Kelly: Bike and Swim
4:30 AM – alarm without waking up Kelly or Ivy
4:45 AM – breakfast
5:20 AM – on the bike
6:20 AM – bike done; Kelly and Ivy wake up
6:45 AM – breakfast #2
7:00 AM – Kelly gets on the bike, I take Ivy to daycare on the way to work
8:15 AM – start work
11:40 AM – head to gym at the office
11:45 AM – run
12:45 PM – lunch
1:00 PM – start of afternoon meetings
4:30 PM – pick up Ivy from daycare
5:00 PM – Kelly gets home; depart to pool
5:20 PM – Kelly swims. I walk Ivy in her stroller around the perimeter of the pool
6:30 PM – pick up dinner on the way home
7:45 PM – Ivy’s last bottle
8:15 PM – put Ivy down for the night in her crib
9:00 PM – lights out

As you can see, training takes a whole different level of intricacy and planning to be able to get done. Not only are we having to manage our “normal” schedules, but also trying to add additional coordination points to ensure that we each can try to get done what we need to. Some days are more successful than others; for instance, I originally planned on splitting my long ride today before and after work, but my body simply was not cooperative. So now we will manage that differently.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with where I am at. I lack some of the long ride conditioning at this point, simply from lack of time in the saddle due to user error. But we’ve got 11 Saturdays to get it in. Which really means 9 Saturdays of work to go. Time to make each one of them count. Because although we will raise $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center, I also want to go fast. And the only way to get there is through doing the work and recovering from it.

Now, where’s our schedule planner? We have another week of training to coordinate!

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