Targets To Reach Before Entering Ironman Lanzarote 2015

In Which I Set My Targets High (And Far)

I’ve had a good think about where I want to be, fitness wise, before I make a chuffing big investment (financially, and fitnessly, not to mention the time it’ll take!)

At the moment it’s 17 months til Ironman Lanzarote 2015 but I’m sure that’ll fly by, and so want to make the most of each training day/week/month.

For the rest of December I’ll be running/biking like I have been, not pushing anything and enjoying Christmas. As soon as January comes around though, so does the dedication and training. (As soon as Jan 2nd comes around anyway. Not starting on new years day with the hangover I plan to have.)

Entry for Ironman Lanzarote 2015 will be around £370.
Holiday to Lanzarote will be about £350, each. (Suppose I’ll take Sarah.)
Then there’s spending money too, so it’s a big cost when it’s all added together, too much to not give it my all in training!

I figure that if I improve my running by about 10% by May 2014, get more time on my bike and get my swimming sorted then I’ll have a decent base to build on for Ironman 2015.

Here’s what I’m aiming for:

5K in under 23 mins. (Best so far 24:19)
10K in under 50 mins. (Best so far 54:54)
1/2 Marathon in under 2 hours. (Best 02:07:54)

Minimum distance per week:
Jan 10mi, Feb 15mi, Mar 20mi, Apr 25mi, May 30mi.

Minimum per week:
Jan 20mi, Feb 30mi, Mar 40mi, Apr 50mi, May 60mi.

One long ride a month (minimum) of:
Jan 10mi, Feb 20mi, Mar 30mi, Apr 40mi, May 50mi.

Learn front crawl.
Go swimming at least one a week.
Be able to swim 160 lengths by May. (Best at the minute is about 8…)

Complete 30 day challenge in Jan.
Complete a short distance tri before May.
Save up the Ironman entry.
Be around 13st. (182lbs.) Currently 14st 2lbs (198lbs)

Then, if I can manage all that, I, Marc Hemingway, get to start a 12 month Ironman Lanzarote training plan. Is that a reward? I’m not so sure…

In Other News:
I have been known, from time to time, to talk in my sleep. Normally Sarah says I was muttering and she couldn’t make out the words, but apparently last night I woke her up around 5am by moving around in my sleep.
I then turned over, and said (loudly, according to her):


22 thoughts on “Targets To Reach Before Entering Ironman Lanzarote 2015

  1. Exciting news from your side of the pond … I signed up for my first Tri – ok – it’s a super sprint – but it’s still a Tri and I’m going to knock it out – looking forward to following along with you on your journey – we are on the same journey – just different distances! I am confident I will learn much from you and be inspired by you – I’m in your corner rooting for you …

  2. Good luck! It’s a massive task, but you seem to have a plan. If you can, get yourself a proper coach for swimming (tri club or swim club). It’s the only discipline where it makes all the difference.

  3. Looks like a good plan. Big challenge, but with a proper plan I think any challenge can be met!
    Also, I agree with you. The weather outside is always weather. Can’t fault your logic!

  4. You got this! Cheering for your success!

  5. Great post. You’ve made me see how a triathlon could be achievable, by breaking it training down sensibly, I might just be brave and enter one. Good luck with it all!

  6. From one sleep-talker to another, good luck on your training! Can’t wait to follow along.

  7. Good luck dude, sounds awesome.

  8. I’ll be thinking of you!! Best wishes on this!!!

  9. My husband the swimmer says the best thing you can do to start an ironman right is to make sure you don’t totally ignore the swimming. Make it part of your weekly routine. He says you should be able to find some swim workouts to do online, but if you can’t find some that you like, he’d be glad to put together something for you.

  10. this is a good plan! I paled wuite a bit when I found out the cost of a typical Ironman. It’s one reason I still run the $50.00USD marathons instead. You are going to do so great! and you’ve already figured out the weather thing indeed!

  11. Sounds like a pretty realistic set of goals! Good luck!

  12. Haha, the weather outside is indeed weather. Good call!

  13. Good luck with your goals. Don’t let weather get in your way. Your inside voice is already on board 🙂

  14. Wow, that all sounds awesome. All the best with it! I’m majorly impressed and I’m looking forward to cheering you on through the training. Sleep talking is such a funny thing… Weather is weather is so true hehe having a giggle at that 🙂

  15. Brilliant set of goals for next year. Personally I think getting to start training for a full IM is a reward!! Good luck.

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