Training 20-30 hours a week along with my full time job was never an option, as following that type of plan would have quite literally left me with little or no time with our children or my wife. We equally support each other in following our dreams and doing what it takes to reach our goals, but not at the cost of our marriage or time with family and friends.
Because there weren’t any resources out there on how to train for a full distance triathlon in less time, I did a ton of research on high-intensity interval training and then developed my own plan.
But the local triathlon community talked. Oh, did they talk! “No way you’ll be ready for Ironman!” And when they didn’t say anything, their raised eyebrows sent the message loud and clear. I wished them well as they went out weekend after weekend for their 100 mile bike rides, or 20 mile runs. Luckily I’m not the type of person to be bothered by others negativity, so I kept my eye on the prize and continued on. After I completed my second Ironman, the comments turned from doubt to curiosity. “Seriously, how do you do it?!” and “I just don’t see how it’s possible, but tell me about your plan.”
I’ve now successfully completed three Ironman races training with this method, and countless shorter distances races. After seeing firsthand that it can be done, the “Doubting Debbies" have quieted and are now all ears. They wanted to know. And you want to know.