Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Slicing up the elephant

Fifty weeks of training. Ack, that sounds like the Sentence of Doom. Far too much to contemplate! I mean, we're talking about a tired, rapidly-aging, not-so-spry, way-too-heavy old lady here! How do I break it down into manageable bites?

One resource that's been very helpful so far has been the gold standard of ironman training texts, Going Long by Joe Friel and Gordon Byrn, that I've already quoted.

(Excuse me while I think out loud and make notes to myself on my blog).

Here are the punctuation points for my Bigass Year of Training, so far:
Now the challenge will be setting the priorities and objectives for each macro cycle and fine-tuning it for each discipline (swimming, biking, and running) within each cycle.

That's how I'll cut apart the elephant into easily-consumed tasty bite-sized morsels. Preferably thin marinated strips roasted on skewers with a piquant Thai peanut sauce, please.



Note to self: Yurtie recommends that I do another Olympic or half IM in August/September. Think about Steelhead (~August 5), Timberman (~Aug 19), or Diamondman (~Sept 11).

16 comments:

TriMom217 said...

ah yes, the age old question: How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Holly said...

Sounds like a good plan Nancy!

Lynne said...

Now just dive in?!

TriFeist said...

Damn, that's organized. Now I need to buy going long...

nancytoby said...

It's worth it. Perhaps the only tri-related book I've seen that I'll say that about, so far...!

*jeanne* said...

Goofy...the Challenge...
oh, me, oh, my...

Me, too.

Did we really sign up for this, Nancy?

Flatman said...

Sounds like a plan to me!

trifit said...

I'm looking at the Ocean Drive marathon in March, too. Also, I ordered "Going Long". Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Downhillnut said...

Looks like the perfect recipe for success!

warren said...

Looks ambitious. Looks like fun!

Good luck!

IMmike said...

Sounds great Nancy. Have a nice run on sunday.

mipper said...

HOW are you SO organized?!?! i'm doing good if i remember to pour the cereal first and then the milk. dang woman... i need to learn from you!

nancytoby said...

WAIT until you see the new utility room. I'm so proud.

Ellie said...

Oh, my.... ~sigh~

My IMFL training plan looks like... "keep moving some and throw in swims, bikes and runs eventually approaching race distance."

Oh, my.... ~sigh~

nancytoby said...

That worked GREAT for you for Chesapeakeman, Ellie! It just wouldn't work for me, since I'm obsessed with planning and recordkeeping. :-) Plus I want to be sure that I get in some long swims and long runs with plenty of time to spare over the spring and summer so I don't try to crowd them in all at once near the IM.

Melissa said...

Now Ellie sounds like my speed of triathlete. I think the half IM on the heels of an Olympic.....then chased very quickly by a marathon could be over the top for you, Nancy. I don't have your academic background, just nearly 20 years of racing triathlons with no significant injuries to speak of. I ran MCM in October and a 20 miler two weeks ago. I'm doing the Rock n Roll Marathon in Phoenix over MLK weekend in January and then will focus on gradually increasing my bike and swim distances. I too will be at Columbia and Eagleman but after that, no long races for a while. I'm in for Irongirl Columbia in August and then Make A Wish as a tuneup triathlon in September. Lastly, I plan to do the swim-bike only at Chesapeakeman a month ahead of IMFL so I have plenty of time to recover. Still I think I may have too much on my plate. Maybe you recover much faster than I do.....good luck to you all.