Saturday 29th March – Henley Express

Today I went on a quick paced cycle to Henley on Thames and back. 145km. So it was a good distance for ironman training.
I arrived at Richmond park this morning just before 8. There were 8 of us. 3 of us with roadies and the rest on their TT’s. I was a bit pissed off about this as I would have taken mine if I’d known I could. Club has policy of not using TT on group rides, but at least I know with this group for next time. Well the pace from the beginning was quick. Averaging 35km/hr+. I took my turns at the front due to the head wind – wish others pulled their weight , but hey I got a better work out!! I also practised nutrition and used only electrolytes in my drink for first 2 hours then switched to 4:1 carb protein drink- 500ml every hour and backed up with 2 gels. Had a coffee and flapjack for 20mins in Henley which was beautiful next to the river.
This made me think that my pace could be much higher than I’m planning. I was taking the lead more often than not and was at the front powering on. I’m stronger than I think. I got back home and bricked the cycle with a 5.5km run which I did in 28mins- this included a stop for the toilet as I had a case of runners stomach – maybe the gels??? The first 2km are so hard after that long ride, my backs hurting, my lungs feel sharp and legs ache. Also stomach dicky so even more difficult. Then after 2km it’s comes easier and easier – I suppose that’s why I’m only instructed to brick 5km or 15/20mins for that very reason.
I enjoyed today but my God I was aching afterwards and now I’m shattered. I’m supposed to do a long run tom but I think I should rest my knee as it’s hurting still from Tuesdays run!!! I’ll see how I feel but the weather is gonna be lush again tomorrow and it would be nice to get out and run first thing.
Tonight met mum and my sister and she took me for a meal at pizza express and then back to mine for chocolate fudge cake and double cream. Tomorrow big roast dinner and I’m making a large egg custard mmmm. I burned 4000kCal today so I can!!!! Haha. Jumped on scales earlier too and in the 75’s now – first time ever!!! On target for my 73kg race weight.
Happy training all!!!!




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  1. #1 by pwhent on March 31, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Great ride Chris. I can so relate to the pain of the brick. I did a 100k ride at the w/e followed by 1 mile run…..I looked like a chicken! But you are right, after about 10 mins the legs return. Your training seems quite full on, what time are you aiming for?

    • #2 by chrisplatts77 on March 31, 2014 - 8:17 am

      Thanks it was a great ride. I know I won’t be smashing out that time in the race with a marathon to do afterwards!! I’m aiming for 11hours, but unsure as never done an ironman. What about you??

      • #3 by pwhent on March 31, 2014 - 1:49 pm

        I have also never done an IM before so uncharted territory. My first aim is to get round with a smile on my face. I am 54 so probably not in the 11 hour league! I would expect to be somewhere in the 13-14 hours region. I will worry about my finish time once I am off the bike!!!

      • #4 by chrisplatts77 on March 31, 2014 - 6:08 pm

        I’m worried about the run. Never done that distance let alone after 180km on the bike first lol. It will be fun though and the atmosphere should be awesome. Are you doing any laps before the the actual race day?

      • #5 by pwhent on March 31, 2014 - 8:12 pm

        It will be fun… an odd sort of way. I am really excited about it. I am the opposite to you, I am worried about the bike…once I am off it I am happy. Have you done a 70.3? Good rehearsal for bike to run. To be honest I didn’t find it hard to get my run legs going. I am planning to go up to Bolton in May/June to try the bike course. I would at least like to know what I am letting myself in for lol.

      • #6 by chrisplatts77 on March 31, 2014 - 8:16 pm

        yeah I’m excited too – Furthest Ive run is a half and that was a week ago – found it quite easy really – so I think i’ll just keep building distance and strength and I’ll be fine. Im fairly lucky in that my mum lives on the bike course – so I’m going up in a few weeks for a week to blast round etc etc.

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