What Training for Lake Placid Has Taught Me

Back in 2010 when I started this blog,  I never thought that it would turn into a blog about my training for a full ironman. Yes, I mentioned IMs, but at that point in my life I thought it would be impossible to train for one. When I first began training for a triathlon, I did not know anyone else (except for my coach that is) who had completed full triathlons. Despite already living alone, training for Mooseman was in itself isolating. Long rides, runs, and swims, were all done independantly.

Over the past year, I’ve realize that there actually a community of triathletes in (and out of) the area,  and training does not have to be isolating like it was when I first began the sport. In fact, meeting others has given me not only the opportunity to train with them, but also ask questions about their training–things that have worked for them in their racing careers–and things that they regret doing. In this, my knowledge of the sport has increased tremendously. Not only that, bumping into those people I know, whether after their workout or at races, tends to bring a smile to my face. This once lonesome sport has turned into one that I can enjoy with others.

A couple days ago I had a conversation with an ultra-marathoner about picking an event to train for that you may feel is impossible to do. He told me training for endurance events–such as ironmans or ultra-marathoners– are learning experiences and help you with life; they are much more than just a sporting event. Training teaches you discipline. You develop a certain mental toughness that you might not have achieved had you not trained for something. You learn things about your body you may not have known. Through training I’ve learned to treat my body with respect. People say the race itself is not only composed of the physical activity itself, but of mental activity. I’ve realized that training involves just as much mental toughness as that which is required during a race. There is an internal driving force within me that has sprung up, motivating me to run during a tough brick workout when my legs want me to stop. It tells me to slip into the water and swim those laps during a workout, when I began with no desire to swim at all.

He told me that the word “impossible” is actually “i’m possible.”

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And now, look at this week’s training (thus far)

Sunday: 1hr turbo trainer+ t-15min run

Monday/tuesday: whirlwind 28hrs at work in two days (my legs were more tired than running a marathon)

Wednesday: 100min trainer w/ interval training + t-5mile run and core strength

Today:  3000yd swim and when I finish this, a 6 mile tempo run 😛 and core strength

Friday: 1700 yd swim (speed) and easy 4-5mile run + leg strength

Saturday am before work (if I don’t get the workout in Friday): 45min spin before work

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. mawil1
    Feb 15, 2015 @ 09:54:42

    I agree, it’s good to stretch oneself no matter what age we are, because we learn new things from it. Mind you, not everyone needs to do an ironman to stretch themselves, I remember what an achievement doing my first 5k was! I’m glad that you have found a community of like minded people to train with. It’s the icing on the cake!

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