My first day of training
Winter season is approaching and here in Krakow you do feel it even more. Not easy to get out and start training in the cold specially if your apartment is nice and warm and the couch is calling you :).
I have finally decided which one will be my first Ironman. I did choose Ironaman Italy Emilia-Romagna. There are several reasons for it. Well, first and probably the most obvious, as an Italian, I felt it’s good to start this adventure from my home country. Second, I lived in Romagna for 5 years during high school and would be nice to go back there after more than 25 years and see what has changed. Last but not least, food in Romagna is simply fantastic. There is a typical type of pasta called strozzapreti, (that translated means choke a priest) that I am craving for; you can have it with different sauces but my favorite is the one with eggplant and black olives. Not to mention the piadina romagnola, the cascioni……..ok, I better stop here or I will start a cooking blog instead.
One of the good things of doing sport is that you can eat a bit more than usual, and I do love food!!!
Let’s get back to my training program and my approach to Ironman Emilia-Romagna.
My biggest fear of the Ironman will be the run, never been a good runner so I’ve decided to start my training a bit earlier and focus mainly on the run.
I’ve decided to take part to the Krakow Marathon which will be on the 22nd of April. It will be my first marathon ever so a good test to see my level by then. Also nice to have my first marathon in the city where my wife was born, beside the fact that Krakow is simply beautiful.
As said training in Krakow during the winter won’t be easy but recently I have started a swimming/running/biking group on Facebook and thanks to that I am meeting new friends that are helping me to get the motivation to go out, train and face the cold. I feel training with others is giving you the extra motivation you need in difficult times or with adverse weather.
I do not know if it happened to you but I have many experiences of situations where I was home, my body felt tired, with no energy and motivation to go out and train, but then got a call from a friend and I was “pushed” out, and guess the result? Most of the time, it was one of my best training days, felt good after it and fully energized.
Anyway, out for my 40 minutes easy run now and I will get back with impressions from my first day of training!!!