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17 days and counting...that's what the last 6 months has been about. As I approach my two weeks of tapering leading up to Ironman Tulsa, I can't help but think how different training for this race was than the other Ironman races I have done. You might be wondering why, please read on...
Training for a 140.6 mile outdoor event where you get wet (swim), then move at 20+ mph (bike), then shuffle your feet for a marathon (run) during a Colorado winter was quite different (read previous post). The biggest difference this time was quality over quantity when it came to training. As a husband and a father who will turn 40 later this year I really had to make sure the hours spent training for this race met the fitness objective required to get me to the finish line. Sometimes I had wake up earlier to get the training in so I could still get work done, or attend an obligation, or just make sure a project was completed. Sometimes I had to miss a workout (or cut it short) and find out how to make it up with a two-a-day. And other times I just had to succumb to the fact that the workout was not the most important task for that day. It was definitely a tough objective, but it all got done and here I am. There really isn't anything I can do at this point to improve my physical fitness before race day, and honestly I feel good going into this race. The next two and a half weeks will be focused on physical maintenance, equipment checks, and mental preparation. The time is almost here! More to come in the days leading up to the race; please don't forget to donate!
by Stephen Anson on Thu, May 06, 2021 @ 1:04 PM
One Month Out
With just a little more than one month to go before Ironman Tulsa, I wanted to reflect back on the past five months of training. Even though Ironman Tulsa will be my 7th iron distance triathlon, it is the first time I have had to train throughout the winter. Swimming = all indoors; there are no lakes, reservoirs, ponds, etc. open to the public for swimming in Colorado until Memorial Day at the soonest. Cycling = mostly indoors on a trainer; snow, cold, road slime, etc. don't make for good outdoor cycling in the winter. Running = still mostly outside; I refuse to run on a treadmill unless it is absolutely awful weather outside. Let's break this down:
According to my training log (which officially started on December 7th). I have logged 1,808.3 miles over the last 5 months. 44.3 miles were in a pool, 1,342.8 miles were on a bike (only 317 were outside), and 421.2 miles of running. With four more weeks of training and racing to go these miles will increase slightly, but that is how I have spent the most of my winter.
Adding to this detail; I have replaced 7 bicycle tubes and 4 tires, purchased 3 pairs of running shoes, and smelled like chlorine more hours than I'd like to admit.
Thank you to all who donated so far. If you haven't donated, there is still time to help me reach my goal. Please keep me, and everyone racing on May 23, in your prayers in the weeks leading up to and on race day.
by Stephen Anson on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 @ 9:43 AM
Let's Be Honest....
I thought it would be fun if I sort of 'documented' my journey to Ironman Tulsa. I wanted to do this for two reasons:
1) I am asking friends, family, and colleagues for their fundraising support and you deserve to know what is going on during this journey
2) My last endurance event didn't go so well. At Stagecoach Line, a 100 mile ultra-marathon, I had to drop out at mile 57. I have competed in over 50 endurance events and this was the only one I ever did not finish.
So, I want to keep myself honest, entertain y'all a little, and reach my fundraising and race goals.
With my official training program starting on Dec. 7 I thought it was time to give myself a reality check on a couple things. Transitioning from a mostly run & mountain bike routine over the last few months to a rigid swim/bike/run/other routine was reality #1. Reality #2 is the shape I am really in. You see, I feel good when I am maintaining a certain day-to-day weight, and I race well when I am at a weight lesser than that. If I am being honest, I am not at either of those weights.
Similar to the 'Freshman 15', I was afraid I may have put on the 'Quarantine-19'. I haven't stepped on a scale since March so I had no idea where I was really at. All I knew was that my stretchy pants had less stretch and I no longer needed to wear a belt on my jeans. So, after months of not caring I decided it was time to step back on the scale.
WHEW! It wasn't the 'Quarantine-19' I had suspected, but there was some extra baggage. With this information I have an honest benchmark to compare my progress against over the next 6 months.
Thank you everyone for your support and check back regularly for updates, progress, disappointments, and successes!
by Stephen Anson on Thu, Dec 03, 2020 @ 8:57 AM
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