Friday, August 20, 2010
Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Since it was a slow day and I didn't have anything any good to write about, I decided I'd create some "news" by signing up for the 2011 Ironman Hawaii 70.3, which is happening next June. I figured that would give me something to talk about tonight.
Of course, once I finish this post I am faced with getting ready for it. From what I understand, the swim start is brutal with 1400 participants starting at once. The bike course is bound to have gusty cross winds with a long 17 mile climb up to the turn around point at Hawi. And every race report I've read says that the run course is confusing, hot and hard.
But it IS Hawaii, the spiritual birthplace of Ironman. I'd might as well go all in for my first one. And besides, Mary and I are discussing a way to turn it into a vacation, which we have not done in years. I figure we get in two days before the race, and stay four after. Maybe without Ian? That's an appealing proposition, but also a bit scary. Plus I like having the little guy around. We'll see.
So ROUGHLY, here's what I think my training/race schedule will look like:
- Now through October 8th: Continue to train for and participate in the Orange County Olympic Triathlon.
- Balance of October: Relax a bit.
- November-January: Start back in on training with a bit more emphasis on swimming and running, and take it a bit easy on the bike. Run a couple of local 10K's.
- Early February (Superbowl Sunday): Run the Huntington Beach 1/2 Marathon.
- February-May: Do a 16 week Half Ironman training plan. Participate in a few local sprint races.
What do you guys think of the plan? It seems to make sense to me but advice would be more than welcome.
Any one else thinking of doing this race?