Week 1 of 16 Ironman Arizona Training – we aren’t messing around this time!

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Here we go again. Training for Ironman #4 is underway. As you can tell by the totals for week 1, we are not messing around!

I was pretty bummed about my performance (specifically on the bike) at Vineman 70.3. I have said stated that I want to qualify for Kona by the time I am 45 (4 years left). That will never happen if I can’t get faster on the bike. It is really that simple. After Vineman I took a couple of weeks off from structured training and wallowed in my own pity for a bit. After talking about it with a several people in my life who have experience with getting to Kona, the drive to make it happen started to grow again. I am kind of looking at Arizona this year as a test to see if I can get to Kona one day. If I can make some decent gains this year over my 2014 performance, I will keep pushing full steam ahead. If I don’t makes the gains I want, I think I will take a year of full Ironmans and try some other endurance adventures.

With all that being said, I have never started training for an Ironman feeling this fabulous! The first week was a challenge but I really enjoyed every minute of training! A few notable things from the week. First,   I got to try a nice long brick in the new Zele kit by Coeur Sports. Kit was great! Held up well for a 4 hour ride and 30 minute run on a very hot and sunny day.



I also finally tried to make Hailey’s Salty Balls. I am always looking for the perfect ride nutrition. I found them just a bit dry but if you take small bites the are amazing!!!


And while Stuart and I were out riding Sunday we meet the sweetest girl, Bella, who has been riding her bike in North America for 3.5 months! How cool is that!IMG_1986.JPG

Thanks for following along!


  1. Wow! Your training this week is probably going to be more than my peak week, HA! I’m glad you kept the Kona conversation open. Great start to the training!

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