In November 2009 I was 115 kg and even being goalie in a thirty minute soccer game was really exhausting but Charlotte and I decided that something has to be done so we signed up for a training class at Pro Club Willows Road in Redmond. In 8 weeks I lost 15 kg and the scale wasn’t triple digit for the first time in many years. During 2010 I did some 5k and 10k races and continued to get in shape and loose the weight but of course much slower so during 2011 I maintained the weight at 90-93 pretty much with a few trips below 90 at the peak of Triathlon season that year.
Going into this season I have a year or so behind me with steady training and given that we really don’t like that diet stuff I have been happy with my weight being around 87 kg and not thinking twice about going for a 15k run, a 3000 m swim or a 60km bike ride knowing that I will be ready for another training session the day after.
Now as my 2012 season is kicking into high gear I’m really excited about getting into the season in better endurance shape than last year even if I probably was a bit stronger last year from a a lot of strength and short intense cardio work.
Last year I ended with a unplanned Half Ironman so primary goal this year is to really race the Victoria Half in June. Race for me is to come in well under 6 hours and being able to run the half marathon and not as last year.. cramps the whole run. I will of course do a handful or so of Sprints and Olympics with focus on more Olympic races where I want to shave off about 15 minutes to get in under 2.30.
Key for me to be able to do these improvements will be average speed on the bike and being able to maintain a good pace on the run which means I’m building stronger legs and trying to improve endurance plus would probably not hurt to get down to around 80 kg instead of the 87 or so today.
The question I keep getting is .. when will you do the full Ironman? Next year if I can manage to get a spot in one of the events around here …. would have been fun this year since I’m turning 40.
It´s all about having fun training