By David Warden
Day 10 Splits
10 months ago I found myself awake in the middle of the night asking myself, "how can I prepare someone to do 50 Ironmen in 50 days?" I had trained many Ultraman, Marathon des Sables and Ultra marathon athletes, but this was very unique territory. I just did not think it was possible to get someone to that level of fitness. Then it hit me: I didn't need to get James ready for 50 Ironmen.
I just needed to get him ready for 10.
It takes about 10 days to realize fitness from a workout. The process of increasing fitness is wave after wave of workouts that accumulate over time. But those results don't happen immediately after the workout, it takes that 10 days for most athletes. If I could get James to a point of fitness to complete 10 Ironmen, the actual 505050 event would act as the medium to gain the fitness required to do the next 40. In theory, the fitness gained from Day 1 will finally be realized on Day 11. The fitness from Day 2 is cashed in on Day 12, etc.
So that's what we did. All the training leading up to Day 1 was essentially just for a 10-day event instead of a 50-day event.
Of course, this completely disregards the required rest within those 10 days to realize any sort of improvement in form. James fitness might be getting better each day, but his form will stay shattered for the next 40 days. Plus, I could just be totally wrong about our training plan.
Today I was the cause of part of the huge delay in James' itinerary. I practically begged James and Sunny to have James get a CMP (Complete Metabolic Profile) blood draw on Day 10 just to make sure we knew what was going on in his system. This test would not cover all possible issues, but it was the single test that could give us the biggest return on his valuable time. He took my advise, and the results came back incredible positive. James was slightly out of normal in just a few measurements, but both the ER doc who took the test and his personal doctor gave him clearance to continue with no concerns. Wow. It did, however, take more than 30 minutes of his time in T1, but it sure made me feel better.
NP is still low, which is great. I know this low power makes for a long bike, but the reduced fatigue seems to be more important than the recovery time at this point.