17 Months to Half Ironman

by Stephanie on February 12, 2014 · 0 comments

in Sports & Fitness

Oh, did you not know that I’ve basically committed to running a half Ironman in June 2015?

Well, I did.

Kansas 70.3.  It’s happening.

EEK!! :)

Anyway, It occurs to me that in order to make this happen, to finish and finish pretty strong, I need to get my butt in gear!

I’ve been doing a good job over the last few weeks of easing back in to exercising since the dreaded ankle sprain.  I’m working on the Couch to 5k program to ease back in to running, I went skiing, and I’ve been biking once a week.  All good things!

I just need to make sure I stay on track.  The best way I can think to do this is to use races as stepping stones to my ultimate goal.


The key is not to lose momentum.  After each race I will need a little bit of recovery.  I cannot do what I often do and take 3-4 months off after a big race.  I will take a reasonable amount of time off (no more than a week) and then keep going.  This way I can maintain my fitness and build up slowly and consistently.

My race page has been updated with the races I’m planning on, but there are still a few spots to fill.  Here is what my next 17 months will look like in race form:

  • 5k – TBD
  • QC Sprint Tri – 6/14
  • Bix 7 Mile Race – 7/26
  • Hy-Vee Olympic Tri – 8/31
  • Madison Half Marathon – 11/9
  • Critz Tybee Run Fest (deconstructed marathon) – 2/6 & 2/7
  • Half Marathon – Spring 2015 – TBD
  • Kansas 70.3 (half Ironman) – 6/9

It’s a little crazy and overwhelming, but I think it is realistic.  I know I can be ready for a sprint triathlon in 4 months and an Olympic triathlon in 6.5 months.  I should be able to finish a half marathon 9 months from now even if it’s not easy or fast.  Then it is a matter or maintaining that level of fitness but getting better and faster through the following June.

The second, and probably harder, aspect is nutrition.  I will do really well at healthy eating and eating pretty clean for one or two weeks at a time and then have one or two weeks of eating whatever is convenient and bad for me.  I need to be more consistent with my nutrition.  I’m still trying to figure out how to do this but I’ve got some ideas.

So, that’s the plan.  It’s out there.  I’m accountable.  If I don’t mention it for a couple of weeks, ask me how it’s going and if I’m on track.

Let’s do this!


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