Check out the original Ironman March post for a printable training plan so you can follow along, too!  It’s not too late to start – you can always make it Ironman March + One Week in April. Winking smile

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Today concludes the first week of the Ironman March challenge – my mission to swim, bike, and run an Ironman’s worth of distances in one month.  I have to say – I continue to find REAL Ironmans so incredibly inspiring.  I can’t believe you guys can do what I’m attempting in one month in ONE DAY.  Major kudos.


As you may recall, the distance goals for this week were:

week one

How did I do?  Including the run that I’m going to do RIGHT NOW, I worked out five days this week.  I ran three times for a total of 9.3 miles (goal exceeded!), I swam 1,000 yards (goal exceeded!), and I took one 45-minute spin class.  I’ve decided that two spin classes meet my weekly bike goal of 25 miles and change, so I didn’t hit that target.  But I’m really proud of myself regardless.  I’ve been to THREE cities this week, slept in FOUR different places including my own bed, and flown on SIX flights!  Staying on track with exercise was really challenging, and I’m impressed that I took the initiative to find a spin class while I was in Boston. 


Since Ironman March is more about the overall monthly challenge of swimming, biking, and running the Ironman distances, I do plan to ‘make up’ the lost bike with an additional spin class next week. 


I know many of you are participating in Ironman March, too.  How are you doing with the challenge?



  • Emily March 7, 2013, 3:44 pm

    So far I’ve run 8 miles, swam 1000 yards, and went to 2 spin classes! Right on track!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Great job!!!

  • Christine March 7, 2013, 3:53 pm

    In July of the past two summers, I’ve done a similar competition, but ours was called the Lazyman Challenge. There is nothing lazy about these distances, even over a month’s time! A big hand for you doing this in March. It’s so much easier when the weather is nicer. Both times I struggled getting the bike miles in. I had to do one or two really long rides (40+ miles) at the end of the month to meet my goals, even after many spin classes. 112 miles is no joke on the bike! Good luck!

  • Nadine March 7, 2013, 4:16 pm

    I hope you’re getting frequent flyer miles for all of those flights! I only fly US Air to make sure I get the points and get upgraded whenever possible!!

  • Aerevyn Harteis March 7, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I have run three times for a total of 9.9 miles. Last night I went to a Kundalini Yoga class – whoot, breath of fire – and am going spinning tonight. Fingers crossed.

    I put on my bathing suit and went to the pool, but then got super bashful. I have not put on a bathing suit in front of other people for 20 years and am … more than a few pounds overweight, so I’m excited to have gotten that far.

    I love this challenge, because I would never, EVER go to a spin class on my own. I know I get bored doing the same old, same old, so this is so what I need. It’s going to allow me to branch out to things like Zumba or Belly Dancing that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. Awesome!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013, 4:19 pm

      This is awesome!!! Go you 🙂

  • Sara March 7, 2013, 4:21 pm

    I just started to read your blog… and when I saw 31 Days to…. I thought you meant to train to do all of that in one day! That is inspiring people can do that, but you are inspiring me to try that for the month of April! 🙂 That’s a really cool idea for a workout plan for a month. Thank you for that! STILL cant believe people do that in one day… but I am from Massachusetts the bike ride alone is almost the length of our entire state. THAT’S NUTS!

    • Sara March 7, 2013, 4:25 pm

      So I just Google mapped it and Boston to the NY state line is 136 miles (on the mass pike), the Iron Man is 140. I say that’s awesome inspiration to Run/Swim/Bike an entire state in one month! 🙂

  • Haley March 7, 2013, 4:39 pm

    I’ve managed two spin classes, two runs (6 miles total), and some stadium-stair climbing! I think swimming will be the hardest for me. I know I can’t complain as a California resident but it’s been a bit cold for an outdoor swim this week! 🙂

    I love this idea! Thank you for the motivation, Caitlin!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 7, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I am delaying participating in March Ironman until May so that the pool is a little more appealing 🙂

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 7, 2013, 5:00 pm

    I’ve gone to three spin classes and estimate that I bike close to 18-20 miles per class. I’ve ran 7.5 miles this week. No swimming as of yet due to training for a half marathon this Sunday. Once that’s over it’s back to 2 days per week in the pool for me.

  • Chantal March 7, 2013, 5:24 pm

    I was good on the running and swimming and was just a few miles short on the bike. I was definitely planning on using later weeks to even things out, because it is the total that counts.

    Unfortunately I crashed off my bike on Day 2 (homeless people who hang out on bike paths a) shouldn’t have dogs if they can’t support them b) should hold on to the leashes of said dogs and not let the dog sit in the middle of the path with a leash but NO ONE ON THE OTHER END – don’t worry, the dog was fine – and c) shouldn’t tell me that I’m ok because I “wasn’t bleeding”). I’ve now got some shoulder pain that’s going to make swimming difficult/impossible for a little while!

  • catie March 7, 2013, 5:27 pm

    I’ve ran 5 times this week for a total of 17.75 miles, swam 500 m yesterday and biked 6 miles this morning (and did hot yoga twice). So….getting there! Thanks for the challenge! It was the kick in the pants I needed to sign up for my first indoor mini-tri and force myself to do some cross training for before my half on Cinco de Mayo.

  • Art @ Fit at Fifty March 7, 2013, 6:27 pm

    anyone who can survive an Ironman Triathalon has my deepest respect.
    I am sticking with my 26.2

  • Alyssa March 7, 2013, 7:04 pm

    I’ve been wondering – I’ve noticed the Pinterest button on your blog. I don’t use Pinterest too much because it gives me major anxiety that I haven’t yet decorated my house to look like a perfect Swiss Chalet, but I have a button on my browser to pin things. Is there a difference between the one on your blog and the one I have? I thought most people had the button on their browser like I do, so I was just confused about the duplicate!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2013, 9:26 pm

      Swiss chalet remark made me LOL

      The pinterest button under the photo? It’s just another button to add so the pinning aspect is more visible.

  • Laura @ RunningJunkie March 7, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Wow. First, the Ironman is incredibly challenging in my mind! It’s one thing to be good at a single sport, it’s quite another to be good at 3 of them. Back to back to back. I don’t think I could ever survive a triathlon.

    Secondly, that’s a really great way to come up with a well rounded workout schedule! Good for you!

  • Erin March 7, 2013, 11:41 pm

    I ran 39 miles, swam 1400 and biked zero. Sh*t, biking fail. Can I count some running miles as bike miles since it is snowing outside?? 🙂

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith March 8, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Love this challenge! It has motivated me to get back in the pool (haven’t done since before Eleanor was born) and take a cycle class (also haven’t done since before Eleanor was born) Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Kristina March 8, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Are you going to be biking outside more? That’s always important when training for tris. As I’m sure you know.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 8, 2013, 6:57 pm

    counted everything up right now and exceeded in every category. whooo. the swim was rough, especially it being my first time back in the pool to do actual laps.

    congrats on what you done so far! especially with all that traveling 🙂

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