Archive for June, 2014

Friday 20th – panic panic panic

Omg – 4 weeks this Sunday!!!
Oh well, I reckon I have 2 weeks of solid hours before I slowly reduce the training. I haven’t don’t much this week! I was ill after the Windsor triathlon on Sunday and then had s&d on Tuesday and went to work but later couldn’t carry on and had to get home to bed.
Now I’m rocking again and feeling fresh.
I think there’s not a lot I can do now to improve. I just hope my winter training will pay off. All those long cold drags out on the bike and laps of the pool – please be with me!!

I suppose Windsor on Sunday was my race prep for IMUK. I completely messed the swim. I got at the front and smashed way too hard too early. This made the whole triathlon difficult as I could never seem to relax my breathing. I also had a dicky stomach due to the zipfit gels. They are too strong for me. I need to stick with high 5 or sis. The idea is good that I would only need half the amount because they have 51g carbs but in reality when under stress in a race situation they’re too much at once. I am however going to test again this weekend.

Windsor result – 2:30. This was my target but after a 26min swim that I should have done in 20 and a slower transition purposely ran to slow my heart I lost about a minute on the run too I wasn’t the happiest. I suppose I should be pleased that a year a go I was a smoking overweight untrained blob compared to now. However I think it’s the high targets and expectations that propel us forward. Windsor atmosphere was great and so friendly. I did a good bike of 1:09 averaging 36km/hr. I could have got a bit more out of that too. I’ve signed on for next year already!!!

Long steady training now for 2 solid weeks and then a taper. Going to put in race simulations for next 2 Saturday, with 3.8km swim, then iron distance bike and a 2km run just to get the legs used to it. 2 more long runs left on Sundays of 35km. I’m going to keep training tight in the week and not slack off. Hopefully 2 week taper will keep my fitness and allow adaptation of the next 2 weeks, but I can’t really see any improvements happening now, the work is done – maybe psychologically but certainly not physically. I will keep beetroot loading too haha. I used to like beetroot until I started eating everyday to increase nitrates in my blood- it does work honest but does make your pee pink which I actually find amusing! Lol
Happy training folks.

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Ironman UK course – training week

Apologies for not writing my blog sooner. I have basically started a new job and training has ramped up leaving me with little time. Anyway all is good!
I had booked a week of work and planned to stay at my mum’s in Lancashire. She lives on the IMUK bike course next to Abbey village. This is great. See my mum and get fed well all week, train on the course and be there for her 60th birthday too. Result!!

Got there on Friday night 23rd May after hard week at work. Got up early Saturday and did 2 laps of the bike course.

1st lap was fantastic. I was flying along, taking wrong turns and not pushing hard enough where I needed to and too hard in places I should’ve backed off a little- but hey I didn’t know the course. The course is much tamer than I had anticipated and I averaged 32km/hr round….
Oh dear…I wish I hadn’t have said that, the 2nd lap the wind had picked up, it was pissing down with rain and getting stormy, pothole visibility was near zero and the course bit me hard right on my cocky “that’s easier than I thought” arse!!! It was a painful lap, but I kept pushing on and saying to myself “ironman aren’t made in the sun” haha. I enjoyed it though- maybe just the relief of completing the 2 lap course. I didn’t do the section between the stadium and the main loops though. I covered off 183km in 5:23hrs. As I had done an extra bit and also gone wrong a few times. I was pleased with that. My training has definitely paid off and I was feeling strong.

I have to mention a great little app that I downloaded for the iPhone that gave me turn by turn instructions whilst listening to my tunes. It’s called “Co-Rider” and it has some small faults like reading out too many bends but is fantastic. It imports gpx files and then you use as guidance. I used mapmyride/run to plan routes on the running and exported gpx and emailed to myself and then opened on the phone in co rider. I never once got lost. A few times initially getting used to what the instructions mean. Like slight right actually means turn right if there’s a turning.

Anyway more confident and pleased. I did the bike course a total of 6 laps over the week. I swam in Pennington flash 4 times over the week and went from panicking a little(cold and first open water of the year) to being very happy with my swim. I can do the swim in a hour. Maybe slightly less on race day. That’s great.

I ran a fair bit as well taking in hills and canals and more cross country hills. I smashed my 10 mile PB on Thursday by 6mins. Things just came together and knee wasn’t hurting. My running has got considerably slower since going longer but I opened the taps a little in Thursday and it felt ace!!

My bottom bracket broke on Wednesday and I took it to Rivington cycles in Chorley. They changed to BB (ultegra) changed out all cables, trued the wheels and put a new chain on and serviced it – £65!!! Was well happy with that – not London prices that’s for sure!!

All in all good week. Training numbers down. Only hit 21 hours training instead of 30, because of the bike breaking, but I think the extra rest did more good than bad.

This week I have another heavy week before a week taper for Windsor Olympic. I am feeling the Vibe now and hopeful of an ironman time of between 11 and 12 hours. If it starts with an 11 I will be pleased. I suppose I should be more amazed considering where I was this time last year!!

And remember folks this hard work is all to raise money for those fabulous people at Macmillan cancer support!! Please go to my just giving page above and give as much as you can. Just think a pint or glass of wine cost near £5 and goes so far at Macmillan. Please donate and the karma Gods will be very nice haha.

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