The plan was to do fewer miles in August as I added other sports and upped the intensity. But it wasn't much less as I rode 909 miles in August and now 6,147 for the year. But the training hours were solid at 61 and for the year 415. I expect the number of hours per month to fall as I shift to more running and swimming.
The decision to do the Boulder Ironman on August 2, 2015 has been made and a swim coach, hired. I have not hired a triathlon coach yet because I don't know who to hire or if it is too soon.
I think it is too soon because I really can't run very far, yet, and I am just beginning my swim lessons. The challenge in looking for a triathlon coach is finding one that can help me with my form. Most that I have found don't appear to be prepared to watch me ride or run long distances and actually coach me on my technique.
The experience with Carmichael Training is illustrative. I trained with a coach there for almost two years and he did me a great deal of good. Yet he never rode with me and it was on a transcontinental with PAC that Lon Haldeman rode up behind me and pointed out that I was leaning to the left and my ride knee was kicking out. I have worked to fix those problems for six years.
For me there are three keys to a successful completion of the Ironman.
1. Get efficient in the swim so I can complete it in about 1:30-1:45 and not be exhausted.
2. Do not hurt myself training for the run. I usually increase distance too fast and hurt my hamstring and/or groin muscles. A common problem for cyclists starting to run.
3. Keep and improve my cycling endurance so that I can complete the cycling part in seven hours or less elapsed.
If I can do these, and the first two are going to be hard, then I can do an Ironman in 16 hours or less which is my goal.