It’s hard to believe, but our 50K race is over and it’s time to focus exclusively on the Ironman! With 2.5 months to go, you’ll notice the following changes to the training plan:
- Increased weekly mileage across all 3 disciplines
- Longer bike rides on the weekends
- More emphasis on block training (2-3 days of intense training, followed by 2-3 days of lighter training)
We also signed up for two cycling events so we can practice riding in a large group and managing our race-day jitters, fueling and hydration.
First is Mountains of Misery, a 104-mile ride in southern Virginia over Memorial Day weekend. Two weeks later is the Armed Forces Cycling Classic Challenge Ride, where we’ll complete as many 6.5-mile loops around Arlington, Virginia as we can within a 3-hour time limit. It’s going to be a big couple of weeks!
8 Month Ironman/Ultramarathon Training Plan
Training period: Weeks 23-26
Time until Ironman: 2.5 months
For our Upper Body/Core workouts, we complete Dean Karnazes’ circuit of push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and dips, as outlined in this article.
As always, listen to your body and your doctor when starting a new fitness program. I’m an enthusiast, but not a healthcare professional. Although running and exercising are TOTALLY AWESOME, they also come with risks. Be bold, but be smart!