Sunday, January 19, 2014
I love tapering. It means I have trained hard for a long time and now am receiving a payoff for all that hard training by slowly decreasing my mileage. Yesterday's long run was only 12 miles and this Saturday's long run will be a trifling 8 miler.
Everyone trains for a marathon differently. Many (usually a lot younger) have even started a marathon with no training at all. Casual runners who want to see if they can do it, and many do. Others take it extremely seriously, doing all the tempo runs, hill runs, slow runs, interval runs, etc. All right by the book.
Then there are guys like me, somewhere in the middle. I've never been a stickler for details. So, I get out there and run, and when it occurs to me, I do some hill work, some fast runs and slow runs. Not by the book, but I try to mix it up .
So, I've done my miles. I'm pretty good about following that part of the plan. I do log in the required miles and hardly ever miss a scheduled run. But, I'm doing more swimming and bicycling now and make sure I keep moving on non-running days. My weight training is only 2 times a week or so, now. But I justify that when I feel the burn after a long swim or long run. I'm not sure this 67 year old body needs to be lifting too many heavy weights with all the other abuse it's taking.
The cycling and swimming are doing okay. I am concentrating on the running for now. Once the marathon is finished I will spend more time on swimming and cycling. I think my running base is strong enough that I can take it easier on that up until triathlon day at the end of March.
I am sorta' nervous about that competition. It's a 70.3 tri or half ironman distance. I don't have a clue how my body will react to being in constant motion for at least 8 hours. That's my projection - 8 hours or so. I have 2 months after the marathon to finish training for that, and I expect that's not really adequate time. Still, I think it's enough time to train to finish. As the training progresses I may adjust my projected time But for now I'm thinking 1 hr swim, 4 hour bike, and 2:45 run, and about 15 minutes for transitions.
I know there are triathletes who read my blogs. So, feel free to hand out advise. I'll listen to you, no guarantees that I will apply your advise, though. :)
Today I am going for a swim. it's kind of cool down here in Florida, it's supposed to get up to 69 degrees at the highest today. The natural spring where I swim will be slightly higher in temp at 72F degrees, so I should be comfortable enough.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.