During base training (initial phases of Michiel’s ironman training), once a week, we go LONG. Biking and running. At this stage, Michiel’s bike ride has been 85km, which took him around 3.5 hours to complete. Going long means exactly what you think. We go on for longer. Getting Michiel used to endurance is key here – but not pushing too far so that we fatigue him, without a gradual increase.
The great thing with our situation, is that Michiel doesn’t have a day job to go to, and we have the time before Ironman next October to dedicate to his full training program that will properly train him up to that standard.
One thing we discuss a lot, is patience. I think with most people who take on a challenge, they want instant results, instant progression and it can become disheartening when we have to take it gradually, but with some perseverance – and a little shouting at him 🙂 – Michiel is finally seeing this for what it is – a long journey to the fittest he can be to complete Ironman in a great time!
Rari was the perfect place to ‘go long’ – paved roads and bike lanes in most places, I set him off with a challenge of a 3 hour ride! Tires pumped, chains oiled, he was ready for the off! (with some weird & wonderful sights to see along the way…)
Don’t panic – this is NOT our truck….
The fun wasn’t over for Michiel – after his three hour biking, it was time to pack up and head off again! I am a great PT – extra weight lifting session in the form of suitcases back to the car! 🙂 every little helps!