Ironman date July 2016!
2.4 mile swim
112 mile bike
26.2 mile run
So this is it, I have finally gotten my sorry behind in gear. After nailing my current training program and seeing some increases in swimming, biking and running ability (in the CA heat no less) while maintaining mass, I’ve realized it is time to get serious. My 1.5 hour weight sessions? I am going to have to say goodbye. My afternoons being relatively work out free? Goodbye to that as well! The pool doesn’t open at 4am!
I am going to be sad to see the mass go. I am also positively terrified.
Why do I want to do this? I once thought the bounds of my insanity stopped at a 50k, and now they want to continue on and on for another 100 miles or so. Right now I am saying this is a once in a lifetime thing. One and done. But again, that is what I said training for my first marathon.
It all started when I was 10. Who knows why, but I turned on the TV and was watching the XTERRA Ironman Championships in Maui Hawaii. I looked at the runners and the swimmers and the bikers and thought, they are absolutely crazy. Just nuts. However, after the winners had been crowned, there was a tiny little segment where they showed some of the people who were still running. They gave a shout out to every person who was happy just to be there, and a few of those who were happy just to finish. Some of them even looked normal. One was old.
Now let me clarify something. I was a lazy sack of fat at 10 years old. Inside I really still am a fat kid. I can’t even remember if I worked out on the weekends at that age. Probably not, since puberty and all of its self conscious glory hadn’t hit me yet. But seeing those crazy people on TV win, and that one crazy old guy defy all common logic, I had a tiny flicker inside my pre-pubescent soul. I will do that, I thought to myself.
Immediately I laughed. Common Dahlquist/Schacht family legend has it that if any of us runs a marathon, we will be hurt, crippled, or die. So run a marathon AND bike AND swim? Forget about it. But I didn’t.
When I ran my first marathon the flame flickered back to life. Those crazy people? THAT. COULD. BE. ME.
I have this thing about high places. I love the feeling of looking down, down, down, and I want to jump. Standing where the people below turn into ants, I feel the adrenaline pump and my stomach leaps up into my chest. It takes me back to the days when I was really little, and I thought that like Peter Pan, if I jumped and believed…. really, really believed…. that I could fly. I love that feeling, and a challenge like this makes me feel the same way. I stare into the abyss and my mind tells me I’m absolutely crazy. But that adrenaline calls and it makes me smile the smile of a girl who is hooked on finding out just what she can do. Here I go. I am jumping. And guess what?
The P3BG’s New Work Out Plan
Day 1 BIKE 22 miles RUN 6 w/ intervals
Day 2 WEIGHT 1 and SWIM 1 hour
Day 3 BIKE 22 miles RUN 6 w/ intervals
Day 4 REST w/ 20-30 minutes stretch/foam roll
Day 5 BIKE 40 miles
Day 6 RUN 15 miles
Day 7 WEIGHT 2 SWIM 1 hour
Day 8 REST w/ 20-30 minutes stretch/foam roll
Weight days are designed to hopefully only take me 45 minutes max. Everything now is going to be in 3 sets of 10, to lose some mass and get those endurance muscles in shape!
Weight Day 1:
Handstands and Backbends
Crunches and V Sits
Upright Barbell Row
Weight Day 2:
Handstands and Backbends
Back extension and oblique work
Standing military press
Inner thigh work
This Week in Updates: Jesse is here! No grocery shopping for me!
Given we’ve been running around like crazy, and my fridge is already stocked with leftovers, grocery shopping isn’t happening until Sunday night. Why buy fresh produce if you are not going to eat it? Yeah, good point. However, I did discover that there is a lot more costs to bike maintenance than I had otherwise anticipated. It took me an hour to run through a tutorial while my bike was getting re-aligned and prepped and pretty at the bike store. Do you know it is possible to fill up bike tires wrong? Yup, that was what I was doing, and the result made it much harder for me to bike. I little adjusting and wow! Riding 10 miles doesn’t completely kill me anymore! The tutorial also included how to change my own tubes (on the bike!) which is a pain in the butt but a lot cheaper than having someone else do it for you. I highly suggest learning, as a tube itself is $5, and it costs only $20 or so for the supplies in order to change them yourself. If you pay someone to do it, it would cost $10 minimum plus the tube, so basically if your busting wheels regularly, it pays for itself.
The Recipe: Sweet Squash Paleo Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup
You just can’t get any healthier than this. I mean squash, eggs, and blackberries? Isn’t squash a vegetable? That’s like getting all your major food groups (minus the carbs) all in one meal! The squash makes these delightfully sweet, and don’t just top the pancakes with blackberries and syrup without cooking them first. This small step makes all the difference.
1/2 cup squash
1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Blend the eggs and squash together in a blender. Cook on a non stick pan. While the pancakes are cooking, mix the blackberries, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a skillet. Cook on low until bubbly while mashing the blackberries up with whatever utensil you so desire. When the pancakes are done, stack them, and top with the blackberry syrup. Once again, yes, you can eat the whole stack!
If you like this recipe, try this amazing and healthy gluten free sweet potato “french toast”!