What are your training goals?
First of all, to be an Ironman. Each day I have daily goals to accomplish in order to achieve the main goal. These daily goals keep me on track for the long term. I plan on a week by week basis due to my osteoarthritis in my knees because recovery is a critical element of my training.
How often do you train?
This is a tough question to answer as it varies from week to week. During a build phase, I train 7 days per week for anywhere from 2 hours up to 8 hours on the big days. Strength training is still involved twice each week except for my recovery weeks. I also include 30 – 45 min of stretching on a daily basis, typically at the end of the day. It keeps me relaxed and keeps my knees happy.
What do you do during your training sessions?
Again, this varies also. An example of a brick session would be 4 hours on the bike with a 20 min tempo effort each hour varying the cadence. I’ll immediately transition to a 6 mile race walk, where I might build each mile for example to an average pace of 10:30. Do note this is race walking, not running! One foot always has to be in contact with the ground.
Strength and Conditioning starts with movement work and foam roller work. Sometimes it’s really fast paced depending on the time of year, and other days I might focus on heavy lifting.
For the swimming, I hit the pool 4 – 5 times per week, and usually include 1 open water session also. This can vary from 1500 – 6000 yards depending on where I am in the season.
An Ironman race includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride topped off with a 26.2 mile run. That’s pretty grueling! What makes you want to train for this event?
The main reason I am doing this is because I have been moved by so many people with disabilities who have finished an Ironman race. My ultimate goal is to finish, but I truly want to do something special by raising money for the Arthritis Foundation and finishing in an incredible time.
Thanks to Patty for taking the time to tell us about her training. Come by in the mornings to wish her luck!