For me, IMFL is pretty much a 1 year commitment to a shift in priorities. I want to do a monthly update just to track my own progress and catalog everything as the year goes on. I have to plan my daily activities around my training or it just won’t get done. This is somewhat of a challenge during the winter months since the days are so short, and cold….really cold.
After signing up in November, I pretty much spent my whole first month learning how to swim again.
Starting in December I really ramped up my activities and started base training 6 days a week at a relatively low intensity. 90% of my bike workouts and most of my run workouts were at the lowest HR range. Coach calls this the “Endurance Aerobic” (EA) zone. My targets are as follows:
- Bike EA Zone (125-138)
- Run EA Zone(135-148)
The hardest part has been trying to keep my HR down in this zone. I really have to concentrate. Most of my workouts have consisted of multi-sport activities; for example:
- Bike 25 miles at EA pace
- Run :10 min at E-pace (11min)
Bike (Trail Riding on the American Tobacco Trail)
For the last month, my log has been as follows:
- Swim = Blue
- Bike = Brown
- Run = Red
Total workout time is only about 8hrs per week through December. Nothing really strenuous yet, just a couple of base-line tests for coach to get an idea of my current fitness level and abilities. See 9 months to go.