Given that Ragen Chastain really isn’t giving details about her training for the Ironman I looked up what kinds of training she will be doing for it. Admittedly she’s only in the first year of a 2 year run up so most of the stats I read from other people’s training/running blogs will be more appropriate for the amount of work she has to do next year in order to be like all of the other elite athletes doing the Ironman! 🙂

Much to my horror she’s going to be running 8kms to 10kms on some days and have long runs of roughly 15 to 18/20ish kms from the looks of things on other days. Plus she going to have to her bike and swimming training on top of that too! I find the shear amount of exercise she has to do for her Ironman horrifying – I could never, ever do that kind of training myself!

I hate exercising and I haven’t been to a gym in over ten years. I do walk a lot though I don’t quite see the point of driving everywhere and as a general rule only take my car if I’m going somewhere like the supermarket or am going to a friend’s place at night time – basically times when I know I’ll be get a lot of heavy shopping/food that will need to get into the fridge/freezer fast, when I’ll be out after dark, or when I’ll be going somewhere quite a long way from home. (If I’m going out to the city for dinner I will drive down to the ferry terminal though, as I really don’t want to walk home in the middle of the night). I do try to walk as much as possible, as I don’t mind it and it means that I’m not sitting down all day : )

I have the utmost respect for anyone who can run marathons or do things like Iron Man competitions, especially given the share amount of training they have to do before hand. I was reading an article in today’s newspaper about the things a person’s body and mind goes through while they’re running a full marathon and the idea of running for that long horrifies me!

I have the utter most respect for people who do take part in these sorts of things. I mean the share amount of training Ragen Chastain is going to have to do almost every day and every week without failure would be over whelming for most people and then to do the Iron Man itself! I was looking up how much training she’s going to be doing in the run up to her Iron Man and it’s going to be a job all in and of itself for her 🙁 People are supposed to do at least 20-30 hours’ worth of training each and every week in the year before the Iron Man. The Iron Man itself can take from 7am to midnight to complete too 🙁 At least she’s doing the sensible thing by starting her training two whole years before the Iron Man, which I assume would make it easier. The share amount of exercise she’s going to be getting over these two years is going to put the vast majority of the population to shame! 🙂