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Later that week, I executed a decently speedy four-mile run and continued with CrossFit twice a week. This weekend, it was like the marathon never happened. I rode my bike for nearly an hour and a half, then ran a half marathon Sunday at a decent clip.
This all leads me to the bottom line: I don't know what went wrong at Circular Logic. I can't pin down where I went off the rails. But I knew as early as mile six it wasn't going to be my day. I bounced back fast, despite as terrible I felt three hours in.
All that there is to do at this point is move forward. I've tried to put it all out of my mind and just focus on the next thing, which is the Vermont City Marathon in 47 days and some change. This weekend, I'll set out for a 16-mile run if I'm up to it and the weather is favorable. If all is well, I want to run 20 miles the following weekend. I know my legs can do it; I need to get mentally focused.
On the topic of training, another deadline and event is clearly looming in the background. I'm 22 weeks away from Ironman Wisconsin. I am getting nervous. If it weren't for the next marathon and the need to keep up my distance, I'd be on week three of the training plan. My plan moving forward is CrossFit twice a week, running twice a week (one for distance, one for speed), cycling twice a week (indoor or outdoor) and swimming as much as possible. I'd like to do more computrainer rides, but the place I prefer is an hour away. Annoying ...
I'm well aware one cannot complete an Ironman on base fitness alone. But I also need to keep in mind most people don't run two marathons before an Ironman. Once I've wrapped up my second attempt at a sub-four marathon, I'll switch over to the training plan for Ironman and hope I haven't lost out on so much training time that I'm hopeless.