What it takes to do an Ironman

With over six months of training under my belt I thought it would be interesting to look at the aggregate of my training over that time period. I’m a little obsessive about keeping track of my training so putting the numbers together was pretty easy. Here are my numbers since I started my “official” training on a sub zero 10 mile run on New Year’s Day.



  • 148 hours
  • 2660 miles
  • 140,600 calories burned


  • 98 hours
  • 625 miles
  • 98,000 calories burned

Thanks to the input of @IronmanJourney (check out his Ironman training blog), I’ll put these hours into some frame of reference. I finished my first Ironman in 13 hours and 55 minutes. My goal for this race is to finish in under 13 hours. Aggressive, but looking at my previous times, its possible as long as weather conditions cooperate.

As simplistic as these numbers are, I do believe it truly is what it takes to do an Ironman. I tried to capture some of the personal characteristics we develop through training on another blog I write for. Take it from someone who used to think that a 5k road race was a challenge, as long as you have a plan and put in the time, virtually anyone can do an Ironman.

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