Howdy folks. I’m feeling awesome today. I woke up this morning and there was this strange yellow/orange orb in the sky and blue skies – I’ve now remembered that’s the sun!! Yippee!!!
So Saturday is the long ride day with the Tri Club. The last couple of Saturday’s haven’t happened because ALL roads into Surrey have been underwater (I’m sure you’ve seen on the News). So this morning after my porridge and tea, I went to the meeting spot at Richmond Park. I believe every cyclist in London had the same sentiments – It was busy!! I joined a “lane 3” group. Our group had 7 which (apart from the odd number) is a great size group. We headed out to box hill (site of the cycling in the 2012 London Olympics), stopped for coffee and back to Richmond Park. The pace was fairly brisk today and we averaged 27km/hr, but that’s included the traffic and stopping etc, so I think it was more like 32km/hr ish. On the flats we were doing about 42km/hr taking turns at the front.
The ride felt good and when I stopped for coffee I ate some homemade flapjacks and a banana that I brought with me. I was conscious that I was doing a run straight after this 92km hilly ride and just tried to hold a little in the tank.
I got back to my house took off my jersey and bibs and put on my trainers and shorts and off I went for my first run since I “re-injured” myself 2 weeks ago. Well I was sticking to the plan and if I felt any pain I would stop and walk. With my physio’s advice not to do more than 4 or 5km – I also (reluctantly) stuck to that as well. I did 3 laps of my local Park by the river and back which equated to 5.5KM. I did this in 26mins which is ~ 4.52mins/km. Slow but I’m running!
I could’ve carried on for longer, but I thought better of it and said to myself “ffs Chris listen to the advice you keep getting AND ignoring”. I felt good. I was whacked though. I started to get cramp in the front of my thigh above my knee, which I get sometimes after swimming long/hard – I think I need to start drinking sports drinks instead of just water(probably a lack of electrolytes). I was having a conversation about gels and iso/carb drinks today. In all my training so far, I don’t ever use these products. I just haven’t needed to, but now that the distance is getting further and I’m doing brick sessions, I suppose I am going to have to start sooner, rather than later and get my digestive system used to these (awful in my opinion) gels etc. I think I will probably start off with the Powerbar products as that’s what Ironman UK distribute on the day (main sponsor) and that will just make life a little easier. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
So all in all feeling good about how things are progressing. Got club swimming tomorrow in those drag shorts again – agghhh!! I was thinking about the actual distance of an ironman today, I mean I only cycled half distance and ran 5km. It’s going to be really tough and now its under 5 months till the big day – a bit of panic is setting in!!
I also need to up my game on the fundraising as well. I only have £20 so far – but then I haven’t really tried yet. I need to get some sponsorship from local business, family, friends and work connections. It is such a big commitment doing this ironman and raising essential money for MacMillian – so I need to focus on this over the next few days and formulate a more structured plan. I have a just giving page (click on the menu tab above) so need to promote that also.
Anyway folks I am off to watch the last episode of house of cards and have spaghetti and chicken with pizziolla sauce. mmmmm. Happy Training all!!..over and out!