Henley Ironman 2013

By PaulChristie on 30 September 2012

Two days after returning from the Ride Across Britain and my first day back to work I received an email from a colleague sent to seven other people, the subject read “Henley Ironman”, it was asking if we wanted to sign up for Challenge Henley on the 8th September 2013!
This is the ultimate of endurance sports, a Triathlon involving a 2.4 mile Swim, followed by a 112 mile cycle and finished with a 26.2 mile run, also known as an Ironman!
I had plans to take on an Ironman in 2014, giving myself a year of doing Olympic distance Triathlons before starting the gruelling training regime, but this is an opportunity not to be missed, doing it with guys who I work with, some of whom like me have never done one before, but also doing it with training partner Adam, who completed his first one this year, the Forrestman.
So, after some serious thinking, and coming to the conclusion I must be insane, I have agreed to do it!
I have a year to train for it, and although the cycling part isn’t an issue, as 112 miles is something I can do and have proven I can do, but at this point, completing a 2.4 mile open water swim as well as a marathon all back to back is far above my current fitness levels, so starting from tomorrow my new training regime kicks in, I have based it on existing Triathlon training plans, but starting lightly to build up my baseline fitness over the winter increasing it every three weeks. Then come January I will adapt to add more technique and specialised training, the first three weeks consists of the following:-

Monday

30 mile bike ride

30 minute swim

Core exercises

 

Tuesday

15 mile bike ride

40 minute interval turbo training on the bike

 

Wednesday

30 mile bike ride

5km run

Core exercises

 

Thursday

30 minute swim

30 mile bike ride

 

Friday

30 mile bike ride

30 minute interval run

Core exercises

 

Saturday

Rest day

 

Sunday

1 hour bike ride followed by 5km run

 

After the first couple of weeks, I plan to adjust the plan where necessary, so as to stretch myself and also to add a recovery week of light training every 5th week.

 

So here’s to my next challenge, to become an Ironman!!!!!!

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