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Training Journal

My journal of running, training and racing.

Training to Suffer

Mark Junkans

August 25th of this year I'll complete my first full Ironman event in Louisville. It's 140.6 miles of swimming 2.4, biking 112 and running 26.2.

My training schedule isn't too crazy because I have a job and a family, but I'm still managing to get in over 15 hours of training a week by waking up really early in the mornings and stopping at the pool on my way home. While swimming and biking don't exactly correlate to running, I'm hoping that my fitness and endurance from this event will carry over into Run 4 The City.

Here's my training for last week: 16 hrs, 229 miles and 12,509 calories (yum)

Monday: 1.5 mile swim Tuesday: 20 mile bike w intervals, 1 mile swim Wednesday: 9.5 mile run w/ intervals, 28.5 mile bike on hills, .4 mile swim Thursday: 21 mile bike w/ 5x8 min intervals Friday: 11 mile progressive run, 16 mile slow bike Saturday: 100 mile bike through Ouachita Mountains Sunday: 20 mile run

There's still lots of hard work ahead of me for both the Ironman and the endurance run, but I keep thinking of the people and communities that will benefit from it through the work of LINC.