The critical stage of Ironman training has begun. According to author and Training Peaks co-founder Joe Friel, the final 84 days of Ironman training are the most important. Workouts must be completed as prescribed as often as possible, with the goal being not to miss a single workout within this window. Last year, I completed 90% of my workouts en route to Ironman Arizona. This year, it's more difficult. I'm going to have to be craftier and more flexible with my schedule to make Ironman training, work, and wedding planning equally important. Some days, that's going to be easier than others.
Like today. Following a successful Community Day event for our fans yesterday, there was going to be virtually no way I was going to awake myself earlier than 7 to do a two-hour brick. So, instead I went into work a little earlier than normal, worked a full day, and left at 5 to complete my two-hour brick in the evening. The bonus being that the Fortius/LA Tri Club Wednesday evening bricks have returned! I haven't participated in one of these workouts since last September. It felt like a reunion. Except this reunion featured a lot more people than last year wearing Fortius kits. I'm very happy for Coach Gerardo that his company is growing. I'd say a full third of the athletes who showed up today were wearing Fortius gear.
I'm still feeling some of the effects of my Pacific Half Marathon on Saturday. The legs are tight for sure, though my new-found running form carried me smoothly through a light three miles today after an hour bike ride. Having conversation with actual people besides the voices in my head helped too.
Spring started more than a week ago officially, but for me, it began tonight. With friends old and new, a little extra light at the end of the day, and the knowledge that where there's a will to find a way to complete Ironman training, I will be ready in 83 days to conquer another milestone.
83 days and counting.