For the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of doing two Iroman’s next year. Which on the surface sounds a bit crazy. IM Texas is on May 17th, 2014 and the one I am signed up for, IM Chattanooga is on September 28th.
As of now I am less than two weeks away from the end of my season. I am running the Hartford Marathon on October 12th. From there I have one more small race scheduled a few weeks later. I may run another 1/2 marathon in November but that is just to keep me in shape. I also realize I need to have a few weeks of downtime if I am serious about doing IMTexas.
If I choose to do IMTexas training starts January 1st. This gives me 18 weeks to prepare. and two weeks to taper. Living in the north east the only concern is riding my bike. I have a trainer and would need to be willing to be on there 3-4 hours a week and then trying to get in some 30-40 mile rides until the weather warms up. I am confident I can be in shape enough to complete it but worried that I won’t want to train 10-15 hours a week in March when it’s needed. In January and February I can get away with some easier weeks and focus on the pool. Their would be no 1/2 Iron to prepare for this. I would need to consider doing the full marathon in February instead of the 1/2 that I normally do. There are 70.3 events before this but I would need to travel west or south to participate in them. It’s tempting but pretty expensive.
I had plans to run a 1/2 marathon the week before IMTexas which would probably not happen. If I chose to run it then I would do it as a training run. Probably about 1 minute slower per mile. I also have a 70.3 planned on June 1st so this would mean very little training in those two weeks and mostly rest. 2014 is shaping up to be very busy for me. I just need to decide how much I want to do.
More than likely I won’t do IMTexas but I want to. If I don’t do it next year I definitely will participate in it 2015. I also plan to compete in IM Cozumel in 2015 as well.