March was the first of (hopefully) 3 Ironman months during 2017, all the training leading to these races! With the Ironman on the 4th day of the month I was in full taper mode at the start of the month & really didn’t cover much ground for the rest of the month. Most of this month has been about recovery, refocus & try to set a plan in place toward my next goal.
So lets grab a coffee and stop for a quick moment to reflect and review my March training activities, this is all about celebrating milestones, being grateful for the time and appreciating the sacrifice. In March I trained on 20 out of 31 days, training for a touch over 27 hours for the month, which is below my desired 10 hours per week, but acceptable given I am recovering from Ironman New Zealand. Here in Queensland we’ve had tropical cyclones, the disastrous effect thereafter, record rainfall and flooding all over the coast. Through is all the focus of March was squarely on recovery and trying to re-build some consistency later in the month. I even had to dust off old faithful wind trainer during one of the many storms.
During March I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- March Distance Challenge – complete 89km finishing 64,851 of 138,173 participants
- March 10k Race – Complete twice, my best average pace was 5:50min/km, finishing 70,255 of 140,132 participants
- March Half Marathon Race – Complete once this month at a pace of 6:04min/km finishing 36,634 of 92,914 participants.
- March Climbing Challenge – 445m/2,000m, finishing 51,249 of 77,377 participants
- Womens Month Challenge – 26/24 miles finishing 43,056 of 63,083 participants.
- March Gran Fondo – 181km was my longest ride finishing 9,342 of 153,822 participants
- March Distance Challenge – complete 450km finishing 81,594 of 175,800 participants.
- March Climbing Challenge – 2,919m/7,500m finishing 93,735 of 137,176 participants
Thanks to Ironman New Zealand I ticked off a few challenges in 1 day. I love that these challenges give me something fun to watch and monitor during the heavy loads of training, or as was the case during March, they provided some motivation to try to get back out there ticking over the k’s and hours.
The following is a summary of activities for March, you’ll notice lots of rest days:
The following little chart is from my excel spreadsheet I use to track volumes & hours, it helps me stay on track for my annual goals, also providing a good summary of the monthly totals:
March was all about the Ironman, you can read my full Ironman New Zealand race report here. We stayed on holidays in New Zealand for a few days, ok just over a week, before returning to the hustle and bustle of normal daily life! I am back continuing treatment on my Achilles, which has been pretty good and continues to slowly improve.
As many of you would already know I had planned to race Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie a mere 8 weeks after New Zealand. I always thought this plan was a little ambitious, knowing how long it takes me to recover. I had only been back in Australia days, when I made the decision, in full and detailed consultation with my family to switch my entry to Ironman Cairns. This bought me an additional 5 weeks and removed all the pressure I was feeling about having to get back into training fast! So I am returning to the place of my first Ironman back in 2015, it seems like a lifetime ago, when in reality it was only 2 years ago. I really enjoyed my first experience in Cairns, the course is exciting, beautiful and I am looking forward to trying to improve my initial time of 11 hours and 16 minutes.
I have a few smaller races in the very near future including a 3km ocean swim from Snapper Rock to Kirra Beach, the Coolie Classic on the 8th April. Followed by the Luke Harrop Memorial Sprint Triathlon at the Gold Coast on the 9th April. Then I plan to do an Ironman simulation about 4 weeks out from Cairns Ironman which would be around the 21st May. I also have an option of doing another open water swim, run or bike at the Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival on the weekend of 28th May, this is an event I have enjoyed in the past and the new look courses look interesting. Stay tuned to see what my final decision will be!
So I have put together a rough plan through to Cairns Ironman on the 11th June 2017 and hope that with good management of fatigue, continued treatment of my Achilles I will add a 4th Ironman finish to my resume.
So as winter approaches and the days get shorter, training gets harder and the motivation begins to wane, I’ve turned to instagram for inspiration. Seeing all the northern athletes getting excited about their up coming season is exciting! My mornings are getting darker and the sunrises later.
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Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!