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Every year thousands of athletes compete at IRONMAN events around the world in hopes of qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii each October. Age group athletes must finish at the top of their age categories to earn a chance to compete at the world’s most prestigious one-day sporting event. I never believed that I could qualify for Kona unless I was 85 years old and the only one in my age group. However, last September all the stars aligned, and a dream that I never believed to be within reach came true for me. I qualified for the Ironman Hawaii World Championships on my second full Ironman ever.

Nothing moves me more, keeps my heart strong, and my mind focused like the support of my family, friends, clients, and the local community. This gave me the idea of building a special edition 2018 TXT t-shirt that would include local businesses and friends that support me. It’s the fuel to the fire that gives me a sense that you are with me, cheering me on.  I would love to have you become a part of my team on my journey to Kona.  

If you are interested in purchasing a TXT special edition t-shirt, please email me at tatum@trainingxtatum.com with your t-shirt sizes and method of payment (cash or check). If you prefer to pay by credit card, please submit your payment and sizes using the "Add to Cart" button below.  Thank you very much for your time and consideration. 

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Where It All Began...

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*Don't miss the video link below. My first sprint, swim indoors, bike and run outdoors. 


I can't believe how much time has passed since my last post! I apologize for this, but it's so hard to keep up with work, training, and family alone. I promise I will try to do better. I have so much to share! Things that I hope will inspire or help the triathletes out there.

As of right now, I am 12 weeks into training.  I have 11 more weeks to go until taper and 13 weeks until race day. So pretty much halfway. I was beginning to feel irritable, tired, and weak. The excitement and joy that I typically feel when training had left me. I knew that the intensity would be revving up so I decided to take a really good recovery week before moving forward.  During the week of the 4th of July, I didn't lift weights and aimed for at least 7 hours of sleep each night. I even fit in a few cat naps, spent more time with the family, and was able to shorten my training sessions.  

This recovery time helped me go into this past Saturday feeling strong and focussed. Saturday was a "Triple" day. My first one for this IM training season. It's my longest training day at this point and it includes all legs of the race. Here is what it looked like...

2:50 on the bike (I took it outside, time to distance myself from the bike trainer and to feel the road again. It felt great to be out there in the fresh air.)

  • I spent 50 minutes inside until the sun came up warming up
  • 20 minutes were warming up to 75% of my max heart rate
  • Performed 2 x 3:00 ILT (isolated leg training) drills. 20 seconds work, 10 seconds switch
  • 24 minutes of cycling at 75% max heart rate
  • Rode outdoors, 1 hour out and 1 hour back

40 minute run off the bike

45 minute swim

  • 400 swim
  • 300 kick
  • 300 pull
  • 2 x 600 focussing on breath control. By 50's breathe every 3, then every 5, every 7, then practiced lookout every 4 breaths down and every 6 breaths back - this is 200m - I repeated this 3x for a total of 600m (I hope that my math is right ; )
  • Cooled down with 50 kick, 50 swim, 50 kick, 50 swim

Here's a little treat for you all, my very first triathlon and where it all began for me. The video quality may be questionable, but it always brings a smile to my face! `Enjoy! 

Video: My very first triathlon.


Week 4 Long Bike + Run


Time to pick it up, adding one more element to my training plan!                                                         A run off of my long bike on Saturday morning. 

Yes, it's mid May and I am still using my trainer for my long bike rides. I prefer to keep it this way for another month or so, maybe occasionally heading out on the road. A few reasons for this...

  1. I can focus on my efforts and not the cars or the crazy drivers that are texting around me.
  2. There's no coasting, stopping at lights, or waiting on cars on the trainer.                               My legs move the entire time.
  3. I can hook up to my Kinetic Fit and monitor my heart rate zones for training.
  4. I can begin my ride at 4:30 am, ride for 2 hours while it's dark, hop off and run outside with the sunshine and be back in time for breakfast with the family (this is a priority). Not only that but it's a quiet world at this time in the morning, my calm before the storm...peace. It seems crazy but it's what I need to begin my day on the right foot. 

For the triathletes out there, here is my workout for this particular day...

20 minute warm-up staying in heart rate zone 2-3

2 x 6.2 miles at zone 3.5/3 minutes of recovery zone 2

4 x :20 FAST (120 rpm), :40 recovery (90 rpm)

3 x 8:30.00 zone 4.2-4.5, 2:30.00 recovery zone 2-3

Run off the bike for 50 minutes

It's Monday now, my only rest day!

Loving Monday!!!


Week 2


Friday's Strength & Swim

Wrapping up week 2...

Strength-Upper Body Focus

  • High Cable Row x12 reps
  • TRX flex curls x15 reps
  • Lateral wall slams x20 
  • Repeat 2 more times for 3 sets


  • Dumbbell chest press x12
  • Seated overhead shoulder press (lower slowly for 5 counts) 6-8 reps
  • Cable Triceps pressdown x15
  • Side-to-Side medicine ball wall slams x30 
  • Repeat 2 more times for 3 sets

Swim 2700m

(immediately after upper body strength)

  • 400 WU
  • 8 x 100 evens fast, odds easy
  • 6 x 100 descend 1-3 & 4-6
  • 4 x100 build up each 100
  • 2 x 100 1 easy, 1 fast
  • 300 pull
  • WD


2018 Ironman World Championship

So it begins...


24 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours

Please join me on my journey to the 2018 Ironman World Championship. This blog will include everything from nutrition, strength training, training schedule, workouts, family, support, travel, and much more. It's going to be a rough 24 weeks of preparation and hard work but I am very excited for the ultimate test of a lifetime. It's hard to believe that this is happening...