After finishing the Be Iron Fit Sprint / Olympic plan there were a few things about the plan that didn’t work well for me. Wednesday Swim Bike Run combos were exhausting, I felt like I needed more rest and there were a LOT of swim workouts which was pretty intimidating for a new swimmer.
I knew there was another version of the Ironfit book and after looking it up again I realized that it was an updated version. I think I misread it the first time as all three plans are in one plan in the newer book and I thought for some reason the original book that had each of them broken out would be better. Fast forward to rereading the newer version and I realize quickly that some of the things I struggled with are resolved in this book. So I spent some time creating my calendar import of the new Ironman schedule. Good news – The Half Ironman race on the schedule lines up nicely with the Rock N Roll Philadelphia race I’m signed up for in September, and the full plan finishes me out in October making me ready if I want to run Richmond again and making it easy for me to finish out my year with Dopey in January. I’m still working out what my transition into Dopey Training will be. Last time around I solely used Jeff Galloway and it worked great. I want to keep my triathlon lifestyle going well after tri season – I’ve read about maintenance plans and I’m hoping to find something that continues to keep the gains I’ve made over the year but allows me to be ready for 4 days of running AND of course visiting the parks and enjoying myself. I’ve already booked my trip – now that I’m a travel agent it was easy for me to get it all together but I may adjust my time to stay a day after this year. I’d really love to have Monday to celebrate in the parks. Still working on scheduling for that with the family.
My new plan
So you may have noticed I have a calendar in my sidebar and footer. This calendar is actually my training plan as per the Be Iron Fit book. The book only covers swim bike and run – and recommends two strength sessions a week. I’d like to keep up Pilates and my yoga practice as well which may be a nighttime stretch out given my morning calendar and will totally be based on my energy level. I also have allocated an hour for strength training – when in fact the iron fit program is about 30 min. I can see myself doing anywhere from 15 min to the full hour given how much energy I have that day and how much training time I have on the schedule. As you can imagine the amount of training time increases as the schedule progresses. The basics of this plan are as follows: 2-3 swims, 3 bikes, 4 runs (although one is like 15 min long) and 2 strength days. Here is week 1
I’m using the Intermediate plan from the book Be Iron Fit by Don and Melanie Fink.
After using the earlier published version of this book and finding I struggled with some of the workout demands and other factors I decided to revisit my plan and start again with this book. My plan is to follow as much as I can of the full Ironman schedule – to see if I can do it – track my health along the way to see how i’m impacted and adjust my IV treatment weeks to a 60% effort week to allow me to recover from treatment more fully before diving into hard workouts. When I did the Sprint Olympic plan I had a few minor flares and found that I was only able to get in about 60% of the workouts overall. So I think I will start with a goal of beating that for the first month, then beating that percentage the next month and so on hoping to make it to 100% towards the end of the program.
Races I am registered for
As of today, I am signed up for the Run Disney virtual series which I’m going to use as speed challenges they are; 5k’s in June, July, and August. I’m also signed up for the Philadelphia R&R Half Marathon Sept 15th and the Dopey Challenge in January at Walt Disney World, which is a 5k Thursday, 10k Friday, Half Saturday and Full Sunday. My running partner and oldest son who ran Dopey with me last time may not be able to join me this go around so I may be running it solo which I’m still trying to wrap my head around. My husband Kam will trot along with me for the 5k and 10k portion of the challenge. <3 I’m also considering giving the Richmond Marathon another go in November and I still need to find a sprint race. Triathlons I’m considering are Jamestown Sprint June 8th, Pink Power Aug 11, and Pleasants Landing Sprint Oct 12th. More to come as I firm up my registrations.
Team Make your Mark
You may have noticed my fundraiser link at the top of my page. I’m raising money as I race this year for the Lupus Foundation of America. Those that follow me know that I’ve had Lupus since 2001. It’s a complex autoimmune disease where your immune system declares war on your body and often your organs. For me, I have joint pain, exhaustion, and complications with other autoimmune illnesses such as Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s Disease. All of these things make it incredibly challenging to be this active. I’m very lucky to have found a treatment that is working for me right now and I plan to take advantage of every good day especially as I know what it’s like to have a really bad day. I’m very grateful to have awesome doctors and nurses that work hard to keep me healthy and listen to me complain when things are rough. And I’m also very fortunate to have such a supportive husband and family. If you have the means and would like to donate please click the link above. This fundraising link is also on my FB and Fitness Instagram account @shapeupstasia.
Want to Follow Along?
My Instagram page is by far my most up to date place to see how my training is going. I plan to track as I did for the Sprint and Olympic plans in my bullet journal and post here more regularly. I think I’ll keep it to major milestones and monthly recaps. If you are a triathlete or a runner and have had similar challenges I’d love to connect on Instagram. There is so much inspiration out there I find it infectious!
So what do you think? Have you tried this approach with an autoimmune illness? – If so I’d love to hear any words of wisdom from more experienced athletes. I hope I’m on the right track. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot along the way.