I can’t honestly remember that last time I put in a full week of training. But this past week changed that. With only 20 weeks until Ironman Louisville I knew I had to make some changes.

There were constant mental battles to talk myself into actually doing the workouts. Each session felt like it was the first time I had ever done it, which was probably the most frustrating part. It was only two months ago that I suffered though nearly 8 hours on the Ironman Oceanside 70.3 course. It hurt both physically and emotionally knowing that I was capable of finishing over an hour faster than that… when I had trained.

Weight-loss was a bit of a yo-yo but ended on a good note with me dropping 2.7lbs for the week.

Week One Weigh-in - Withings Dashboard
Week One Weigh-in – Withings Dashboard

I’ve cut out a lot of beer (which is hard when you’re opening a brewery) and been very conscious of what I’m eating and when. I’m opting against calorie counting and instead focusing on the quality of my meals & snacks as well as the portion sizes. I’ve been using my juicer a lot too which is a habit I’m happy to get back into.

Today is a rest day but I plan on doing a LOT of foam rolling with my Trigger Point Therapy tools and a little bit of strength training with the TRX straps.

My body hurts today so I don’t want to over do it, but I am concerned about not training because it’s very easy for me roll a rest day into a rest week.

Tomorrow I’m back in the pool for an easy swim & on the bike for an interval session. While Ironman Louisville is still 19 weeks away, my next race is only 2 weeks away when I’ll see how my body feels on the Lake in the Hills Sprint Triathlon course.

Here is a short (and very rough) 45 second recap of the weeks training.

20 Weeks Week 1 from Phil Castello on Vimeo.

Happy Training.

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