Athletics Magazine

Ironman Training Week #13

By Brisdon @shutuprun

I honestly had no idea I had been training for 13 weeks because I have not been keeping track. I just do what Sharpie tells me to do every week and trust it will get me to my goal. The one thing I am very aware of, however, is that one month from today is Ironman Florida.  Yes, in one month I will be somewhere in this huge mass of wetsuit wearing triathletes whose hearts are beating out of their chests and who aren’t sure if they want to cry, puke, crap their pants or do all three at once.

Ironman Training Week #13

Is it just me, or is this picture intimidating as hell?

There is so much about this training experience and how it has changed me and what I have learned about myself, but I am going to save that for a later post.  I could cry right now telling you what the chance to do this has meant to me. I am healthy. I have the support. I have the financial means. I have the physical and mental determination. I have the time.

I now believe I can do something as hard as an Ironman. I will be tested. I am getting more and more ready.

This was a great training week and a confidence booster. I hit every workout and felt strong.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: Bike 18 miles, run 6.2 miles
Wednesday: Swim 2,300 yards, run 8 miles
Thursday: Bike 51 miles, swim 3,000 yards
Friday: Swim 2,300 yards
Saturday: Bike 100 miles
Sunday: Sling mud


Swim: 7,400 yards (~4.2 miles)
Bike: 169 miles
Run: 14.2 miles

Number of hours: 15
Number of workouts: 8

Total Miles: 187.4

I had lower miles this week on the run, but I feel like I made up for it on the bike. My body is holding up better than expected. I’m just not that tired. These workouts energize me. Or maybe it’s all that meth I’m using (that’s a joke).  I am eating my way through my life right now because that is what you can do when you train this much.

Cravings/most satisfying foods: bean burritos, egg sandwiches, instant oatmeal with a huge dollop of peanut butter, popcorn with butter and parmesan cheese, cheese pizza. My mom made Thanksgiving in September on Sunday right down to the pumpkin pie. Amazing. Too bad I rarely take pictures of my food because you would have been jealous.

I know this video has been making the rounds, but if you are looking for a bit of inspiration to shut up and get out of bed and get done what needs to be done – watch this.

“Decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and safe and
what some would call common sense. The easy way out will always be there,
ready to wash you away.”

I don’t believe in taking the easy way. I’ll ask myself - IS THAT ALL YOU GOT? YOU SURE??

On a side/humorous note,  let me show you what happens when your almost-16-year-old son takes control of your phone.


I am still plotting how I am going to get him back for all of the crap he does to me. 


What’s your craving/most satisfying food when you train a lot?

How many miles did you run last week?

What’s something you did this week that you really did not want to do? I gladly did my training. But, I did not want to clean up the dog poop in the backyard. True story.

Do you have a teenager in your house? How’s it going for you? Being a boy, Sam doesn’t have a lot of drama and he really doesn’t give us much grief. Yet.


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