Journey, Training

Training Update #3

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone over the last months. I am now 6 months into my new training program and 12 weeks away from my first IRONMAN. That sends some shivers down my spine and makes me nervous and excited at the same time.

My last block of training was 12 weeks long, it was the pre-season training phase and it has been the best training I have ever done so far. It’s fair to say that I have improved and hit the targets for this phase. The goal was to improve my overall cardiovascular and muscular endurance and get very fit but not race ready.

The intention from my coach was very clear, which was to deliver great endurance and to develop a feeling of being ‘fit and strong‘ without being fast or sparky. I have experienced the biggest shift of fitness so far and the training prescribed to me caused a steep curve of fitness, relative to my current state. That gives me a lot of confidence going into the next 2 phases of training and getting ready for IRONMAN Austria and the races that will follow.

My last 3 months of training focused mainly on the following areas:

  1. Endurance
  2. High Power with extended rest
  3. Strength
  4. Some VO2max efforts
  5. Swim Focus
  6. Evolved Functional strength work

The training was demanding and had a nice blend of neurological stimulation, high power work and some simple endurance training. A key was to be an active participant in your training process and to be aware of accumulating fatigue. It was important to understand the purpose and intensity of each session prescribed. When the plan calls out for VERY EASY, it means very easy. The intention behind that is to make you 100% ready for the KEY sessions which usually call out for some higher intensity. With that in mind and a proper fueling, nutrition and recovery plan, I could navigate through each week very well and hit my targets.

I am now progressing into the next phase of my training with the aim to sharpen my fitness and improve my power and speed by throwing in some sustained higher intensity work. This will be daunting and very challenging but with my level of fitness to this date I am confident to make it through and to continue to improve.

I have recently relocated back to Europe and will be spending the majority of my time in Austria. For the next 3 weeks though I will be heading to the beautiful island of Majorca in Spain where I will purely focus on training! For me it’s like living a pro life at the moment 🙂 Such a luxury isn’t it. Some might assume that with the time available I would increase my training volume but that is not the case. Nothing has changed in my training and my coach wants to me focus more on recovery and making sure I use the spare time to rest up and enjoy some time off.

It’s always a fine line and balancing act to get not caught up with training too much and forget about the other beautiful things in life. For my part, I want to make the most out of it and push things to find my own limits this year. I am feeling great, I am in good health, I am not too fatigue and my energy levels are high despite all the training that I do. I will continue to drive my passion for healthy eating and living, fitness and training to allow me to create a lifestyle that makes me happy and fulfilled.

Here is glimpse of Alcudia where I will be spending my next few weeks 🙂