Signed up for the level 3 ironman plan. Wondering how I should approach extra activity beyond this? For example, I have 2 springer spaniels who produce an exceptional amount of energy – My husband and I usually take them between 2-3 times a week for walks between 3 to 5 miles. When they are extra idioty (frequently), I’ll run them a bit as well to run off their crazy … so, this can be quite often. Since this is part of my lifestyle, how much do I need to factor in for my training load (if anything).
I also have a fairly active job (working with medically complex children) which requires a lot of floor time, transfers, lifting etc., Should I consider this when it comes to training as well?
I struggled with this question for a long time. If you were to audit my answers, you’d find that I’ve evolved (or maybe devolved) over the past 10 years.
Here is my current position (which may change next week):
Extra-curricular, non-specific activity should be factored in when selecting a plan level. It should not be counted as exercise volume in your plan.
So, 12 hours a week on your feet should dictate whether you choose Level 1 or Level 2 plan, but you should not count your dog-walking as exercise time toward the plan you choose.
There is defiantly fatigue caused by walking, lifting and standing. It can significantly impact your ability to train. Unfortunately, the fitness benefits from this auxiliary exercise, while helpful to overall health, is not very helpful for endurance exercise.