The Ironman includes the following done back to back: Swim - 2.4 miles / Bike - 112 miles /
Run - 26.2 miles. Not even if sharks, bears, etc. are chasing me!!!
According to an analysis completed by RunTri of 41000 finishers in 25 Ironman races the average time is 12 hours 35 minutes. If you are interested there is a ton of statistical info on RunTri's website.
Record times - Men - Andreas Raelert - 7 hours 41 minutes 33 seconds (2011) / Women - Chrissie Wellingtom - 8 hours 18 minutes 13 seconds (2011)
Recently, a friend shared this story from Runner's World on Facebook Eight years ago, Ginger weighed 280 pounds. This article recounts her story of losing about 150 pounds and completing an Indoor Triathlon at the gym where she now works as a personal trainer.
One specific point in the article caught my attention and set my mind into overdrive. The gym where this woman worked out (and is now a trainer) offered a 6 week indoor Ironman challenge.
"the Korte Recreation Center started the Indoor Ironman Challenge, a twist on a program they’d been calling the Couch Potato Triathlon. Members could sign up as individuals or as teams of three, and they had about six weeks to complete the iconic Ironman distance: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. The goal, says Mark Rosen, director of parks and recreation at the center, was to counter the inertia that sets in when winter drags on. “By the time February comes around, people’s New Year’s resolutions start to dwindle. So it was a way to keep them motivated to stay in the gym.”
Since I read this story almost a month ago, it has become much more to me. It has given me an idea for myself. That idea has helped me to rally through some dark days and give me something to look forward to. As I have written about, last fall I was pregnant with our first child. We were devastated when we lost our baby to a miscarriage. We tried for a few months to conceive again, but that did not happen. Our attempts to conceive were limited by the fact that I have MS and take medications that I can not be off of indefinitely. Due to the miscarriage and recovery, we have already exceeded the time my neurologist originally gave us and I will restart my injections this month. (I apologize to regular readers for repeating this, but I am always hopeful for new readers and want to catch them up to speed.) Knowing that if I were not pregnant in time, I could try something like this myself gave me something positive to grab onto.
At the time I got pregnant I was at my lowest weight in this journey - having lost about 34 pounds. Through this ordeal, I couldn't make myself fight on all fronts. I was battling just to make it through some of the days. As a result (along with a good dose of hormonal changes) I have gained almost 25 pounds. I hate that this has happened and I still have no baby in my arms. There is nothing I can do about that now.
I can get back on track. I can make this challenge my own. I researched a few programs online and have settled on a plan for myself. I think the indoor Ironman is a great challenge for the winter months. However, it is finally spring. And I plan to enjoy every moment I can outside!
And here is the plan....I am going to do a full Ironman Triathlon in 30 days!
I have divided each of the disciplines into segments. Of course, I had to change the run to walk. One day, I plan to be a runner, but I am not there yet. In order to count as part of my 30 Day Ironman I have set a minimum distance per workout.
Swim - 10 laps (84 total)
Bike - 5 miles
Walk - 2 miles
I didn't want to be trying to track a mile here and a mile there. I wanted to be sure I was doing an intentional workout toward my 30 Day Ironman. Each session will be timed and added together for my final result.
If I were to do the minimum distance per session, I would have to do 8.5 sessions of swimming, 23 sessions of biking and 13 sessions of walking. Obviously, some days I will have to do more than the minimum or complete sessions in more than one discipline. My thought is these minimums would mean each session is approximately a 30-40 minute workout. To be honest, the swimming might be two hours!! Doggie paddle isn't the speediest stroke!
When I do the math at 30-40 minutes per session I am figuring on 22-30 hours to complete the challenge. Who am I kidding? I have no idea how long it is going to take me! For the record, the official cutoff time for an Ironman is 17 hours.
This isn't an exact schedule. I just needed a visual to wrap my mind around what I need to do. This will help me with shorter term goals. I certainly can't wait until the last day and play catch up :)
Disclaimer: I don't want to offend any of the serious triathletes out there who have busted their buns in a serious way to complete sprint, Olympic or Ironman triathlons as they are originally intended. Those accomplishments are beyond anything I can currently fathom. Therefore, I am simply taking the Ironman spirit and distances as my inspiration and adapting them to a level which will challenge me yet I will have reasonable hope in achieving.
Given that my exercise has been very minimal recently, I know this is going to be a challenge for me. But I do think I have structured it in a way that the challenge is still be doable with consistent and intentional effort.
I haven't even started yet and I am already thinking of ways I can beat it next time - faster overall time, fewer days...