Ironman UK Training Weeks 1 and 2


In Which I Start In Week 2 Because Week 1 Was Christmas Week
And So Sod That

Week 1 of 29
(Which should be week 2 of 30, see title of post)

Following the Don Fink 30 Day Ironman Training Plan, which is based more on time and heart rate rather than distance.

Monday 29th Dec: Rest Day

Tuesday 30th Dec: I signed up to a Spin class at the gym I goto and got there a few minutes early because I’m a swot. Spin class is a high(er) intensity (than a stationary bike) stationary cycle workout. There was only 9 of us in the class so nowhere to hide from the instructor.

He had us spinning at different speeds (RPM) and alternating between sitting and standing, and changing the resistance on the bikes when ever he said. It was quite brutal and felt a bit sick at one point, but managed to keep up well enough.

Straight after the class my training plan called for a 15 min run so hopped on the treadmill and got it done. Very tired at the end.

Wednesday 31st Dec: 30 mins on a gym bike, holding 100+ RPM gave me 8 miles cycled. Afterwards I’d signed up to a ‘Boot Camp’ gym class of 45 mins.

It started with a job around the class to warm up (I was already chuffing warm!) and this was followed by 4 stations of exercises. Medicine balls, kettle bells, burpees and crunches. Each section was 4 x 20 secs of the exercise with 10 seconds to recover between each, and then moved to the next station and did 4 x 20 secs on that one, then the next then the next, then ALL of it again, then a mixture of kettle bell swings and squats.

Damn near killed me.

Thursday Jan 1st: New Years Day could’ve been New Tears Day as I was soooo achy from the day before, but had a 45min run scheduled. Took it nice and steady and saw quite a few runners out and about, a few of who nodded or smiled. The others were chuffing miserable gits.

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Friday 2nd Jan: Three mile run to the swimming pool, followed by a mile swim. Not great at swimming and still doing breast stroke so it took an hour. (30 mins for the run.) The pool was full of resolutioners, good for them!

Saturday 3rd Jan: An hour on the bike. I was tempted to go out on the road but it was chuffing freezing so plodded back up to the gym. Headphones in, music on, legs turning. The best thing about doing a long time on the bike (or treadmill) is ‘seeing off’ people that use the machine next to yours. Also, when you can see them looking at your stats. *smug*

Had to really push near the end of the hour to get up to 17 miles! (120 is the RPM, held that for about 5 mins)

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It was only when I got home that I realised I should’ve done 90 mins, not 60… Pushed quite hard though so that must kinda even out? No?

Sunday 4th Jan:Hour run. It was still cold out, ice on the pavements, so went to use the treadmills. Again, nice and steady, and did 5.6miles in the 60 mins.

Weekly Totals:
Swim: 1.01 mile
Bike: 37.2 miles
Run: 14.35 miles

Total distance: 52.56 miles
Total Time: 06:27:18

Bring on week 2!!

In Other News
Gone and signed up to this again, third year in a row!

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19 thoughts on “Ironman UK Training Weeks 1 and 2

  1. I was just reading a 1958 interview with the other Hemingway where he is talking about the “well.” The “well” is where he got the juice to write for days on end to finish one of his epic novels. Find your juice, Hemingway, and you will be glad you did in Yorkshire.

  2. Wow, great week Marc, keep it up!

  3. Hehe! Kettlebells :) You’ll be able to wear any swimsuit you want once you finish this program.

  4. Sounds like a tough week that you got through pretty well

  5. Great start. Keep it up!!

  6. Looks like you’re off to a great start. Excited to follow tour training!

  7. Great start. Don’t forget to recover properly! The next 28 weeks will fly by!

  8. Excellent week 1 (er, 2?)
    I feel ashamed now of my mediocre half-marathon-training for the week… harrumph! ;)

  9. Great work! I did the Fink plan (modifying it very liberally) and feel that I was very well prepared even with a few hiccups in the training (like the broken rib that sidelines my running for a couple of weeks). Skipping week one is no big deal since many plans call for 24 training weeks. Sounds like you had a great week of training and I look forward to following you on your journey!

  10. Phew. This makes me tired.

  11. Wow, what a week!! Awesome!! A great start to 2015!! You’re rockin’ it! Have a wonderful week!! XOXO

  12. Great job on your first week!!! <3

  13. great job with your first weeks of training! you will be an ironman keep it up

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