Let the Training Begin

I’ve started my Ironman training following the CrossFit Endurance plan. I started on Monday. It is now Thursday. Am I worn out? Yep. Am I sore? Quite. Will I keep going? I have to.

Rewinding to pre-January 1. I spent New Year’s Eve with friends in downtown Oklahoma City. We went to CityWalk downtown but we left before the shooting… yeah, in Oklahoma City. Thug Life.

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I kicked off my nutrition plan first thing Sunday morning and began my Ironman training on Monday morning. I’m currently 5 days into it all and feeling pretty good/overwhelmed/terrified about everything. The nutrition plan actually has been fairly easy so far. I know I’m only 5 days in, but I’m feeling as if I can stick with this plan for the long term. Weekends are going to be the toughest part. It seems like I’ve been able to eat a ton and I’m never really hungry. I’ve had pork tenderloin, salmon (that my Dad caught in Alaska), hamburger patties, sweet potato, zucchini squash, broccoli, cauliflower, almonds, apples, applesauce, carrots. Like I said before, I started on Sunday. Monday night was the only night where I found myself having a headache because I’ve given up coffee/coke/tea as well. Trying my best to just drink water all day. I bring in a gallon jug of water to work everyday and I just work through that all day long.

I’ve had to step it up on my knowledge when it comes to training for this Ironman. Thank goodness I have a coach at CrossFit that has completed one and knows what it takes and knows what works and doesn’t work. She’s been a life saver already. I knew going into this that it would be a big time commitment physically, mentally and financially. I was prepared to purchase a few equipment items but I was not prepared to purchase the nutritionally supplements that would be required.

It’s been a learning experience for this first week and I’m still doing CrossFit. I’ve already lost all of those pounds that I put on over the holidays. Stepped on the scale this morning checking in at my playing weight. I’m hoping to lean out over the next few months before kicking everything into high gear.

I’m contemplating posting what I’ve covered each week just as a record keeper throughout the year, we’ll see. All I know, this year will be exhausting but I’m ready for it. Bring it on!

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