Monday, June 2, 2014
On the other hand, with 74 days left until the Kentucky Ironman, I am withdrawing more and more into the solo world of Ironman training. This past Thursday I swam 3000 yards, rode 80 miles in rain and a headwind to Philadelphia then took the train home. On Friday, I was going to ride with my friends, but then I took a train to Philadelphia and rode back to Lancaster, another 80 miles. There was no rain, but the wind reversed and was stronger than the day before.
To be ready for the Ironman, I have all but stopped bicycle racing and mostly ride alone. Even though my wife and I are training for the same event, we might as well be training for two different events. She is much faster than I am in the water and is running about 100 miles a month. I am not running now because of knee trouble and plan to cram the run training into the last five weeks. We can't run together.
On the bike our training speeds and riding styles are so different we only occasionally ride together. I plan on surviving the swim and run and making as much time as possible on the bike. My wife will crush the swim, post a good time on the run and survive the bike. In the 17 hours of the event, we will be together when I pass her on the bike and when she passes me on the run.
The current issue of Christianity Today includes a feature article on a guy who did the Tough Mudder as part of self-administered therapy for a mid-life crisis (I would include the link but it is subscribers only). The author was right to pick a Tough Mudder instead of an Ironman. At the Tough Mudder, you suffer together and laugh about it. The Ironman means more and more time alone until the event wrings everything out of each participant. A very tough friend and I rode to and from the Tough Mudder together on single-speed bikes--35 miles total. If you can run a half marathon and do 50 pushups you can finish a Tough Mudder. The Ironman is the toughest thing I have ever done that I planned to do. Recovering from a broken neck was tougher, but I did not plan that.
Tough Mudder vs. Ironman, Part 3
Tough Mudder vs. Ironman is Here
Second Tough Mudder Report
First Tough Mudder Finish
First Tough Mudder Photos
First Tough Mudder Entry
Ironman Bucket List