... for now I smell the rain, and with it, pain
and it's headed my way
Aw, sometimes I grow so tired
but I know I've got one thing I got to do
A-ramble on, ...
No I am not talking about most of my posts, but the fact that my HIM Training plan is about ready to commence - June 21st.
Yep, it is time to go from Fat n' Happy to Lean n' Mean. The pain is headed my way. Starting on Monday I will be following The Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide by Matt Fitzgerald. He has over 42 different training plans from Sprint to Full Iron Distance and I have decided to follow the Level 10 Half-Ironman Plan. I am putting the entire plan on a Google Spreadsheet and will share it with ya'll when it is complete (probably tomorrow). Here is the description of the Level 10 Plan:
If time is no object and you have trained as much as 18 to 20 hours a week in the past, then this is your half-Ironman training plan. It begins with 8,600 yards of swimming, 6 hours and 15 minutes of cycling, and 2 hours and 56 minutes of running in Week 1. It peaks with 12,950 yards of swimming, 10 hours and 10 minutes of cycling, and 4 hours and 55 minutes of running in Week 17.
Why would I choose such an aggressive plan you ask? Mainly because I want to see how my body handles this type of volume because if the Ironman comes to the Woodlands, and it looks like a darn near certainty at this point, then I want to start loading up the base now and see how I respond. Also, I really want to push it at the IronStar 70.3 and see what time I can drop properly trained. So, it is time to get myself ready to Bring It for the next 20 weeks!
- In order to help with my poor swimming I have signed up for a Master's Swim Program. It will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5am and fits into my training plan - nice, I know!
- Jason at the Tech Tri Blog is giving away a 10 mega-pixel camera. Get on over there and become a follower and win yourself this awesome prize. This isn't some stupid gel or butt powder people this is a real camera -- go ... now ... I'll wait here for you to come back!
- This morning I went to my gym and did a Lactate Threshold Test. The main reason is I wanted to know my max HR so I could figure out my training zones for my upcoming plan. I've been told that the old standard for figuring out your Max HR of 220 - (Your Age) was outdated. Well, after this stupid little test they are pretty much the exact same - plus or minus a few beats. I was not impressed with the test at all. Basically I was on a treadmill with a mask that supposedly registered my oxygen output. Every couple of minutes the speed and incline of the treadmill would be increased. This only lasted for like 12 minutes and my HR only got up to 141 BPM. I am no tech guru or fitness expert but this seemed to be a little short to get any type of accurate readings? Oh, well, I guess it is what it is?
- My wife is away for work in LaLa Land so I've watched a couple of movies this week: The Book of Eli - I'd like to write up a recap of this Denzel Washington post apocalyptic thriller but that would be a disservice to both words and my keypad. On a scale of 1 to 5 this movie receives a rating of monkey shit. Next I watched another thriller (using this word loosely) called Legion. Legion looked like it was going to be a badass sci-fi, shot 'em up, type of flick. It was just that if you remove the word 'badass' and replace it with 'utterly awful'. This one was so bad it doesn't even really deserve to be placed on a rating scale. If you have the chance to watch either of these movies do not ... you've been warned.
- A buddy from my Tri Club has started up a website called Lake Houston Endurance. If you are a local runner, cyclists, swimmer or Triathlete it is designed to help you find group workouts in the Lake Houston area. Go check it out because it could be a good way for us to communicate events.
- Lastly, Don't forget about the Anti-Monkey Butt Powder Giveaway. If you haven't registered to win a bottle either page down or Click Here. Contest ends Monday June 21st.
Okay, you probably thought I was gong to go the entire post and not cite the quote above. Well, it is from Led Zeppelin's Ramble On, one of my all time favorite songs ... Enjoy: