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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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Friday 23rd – 8 weeks to go

On route to Bolton for a weeks training. No work and spare tubes and lots of gels. In my final BIG week of 30hours training and then tapering, as I have Windsor Olympic in 3 weeks and 8 weeks till IM UK.
Ran a marathon last week – first one and it was great. Slow because hot and had not hydration or enough gels as wasn’t planning on doing 42km but did it in just over 4 hours and then this week ran 2 x 15km and 300km on the TT bike. Swimming is ok but going to smash it this week and get open water up to speed.
All in all feeling good and also hit my 8% body fat target. Pretty good considering I was 25kg heavier and 30% body fat this time last year.
I’ll take some pics and report back on the course.
Please please donate. There is a link on one of the tabs. Even if it’s just a beers worth – Macmillan is a great cause!!

Thanks

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Friday – end of easy st

Right that’s it now. 4 months to go till the big day. And even less till the Windsor triathlon, which is my warm up race 6 weeks prior to ironman uk.
Had a two week easier pace on training however each session ha had higher intensity. Now I’ve put new plan together that really cranks up the mileage. Also TT bike is now my training weapon of choice. Getting used to the big rings on it have been tough and require more strength but hey once she’s running then the average speed sits well over 30km/hr even on clockwise Richmond park. Cruised round in 22 mins without trying which is the same as smashing it on my road bike. I have also increased my strength or at least changed from high reps in the leg squats etc to 8 reps. Just want to build some strength and then I’ll revert back into a maintenance phase. Want the extra boost for the TT bike and seated climbs- may lose a little on the run but that doesn’t bother me.
Tom flat fast run out to Windsor and back that I’ll brick with a 5km run. 90km cycle. Sunday 18km run and 90 minute club swim. Next week 3x mornings of 50km TT bike followed by ironman distance pool swims, 3 strength, 1 turbo session, 2 club swims, 1 core, 2 long runs and 1 hill repeat run session. So it’s up to the 20+hr mark again. Need to drop 5kg too which I think will take care of itself with all that exercise over the next 3 months in time for Windsor. Got a duathlon end of April too at the top gear test track. It’s a 6km 24km 6km. Should be fun!!!
All good in the hood. Let’s do this, I’m psyched and ready to hit the next level.
Happy training folks!!!

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Friday 14th – Last day of easy week

After a really easy weeks training I am feeling sufficiently recovered and eager for more training now. After last weekends heavy 253km cycle and the previous weeks heavy training schedule, I have taken it very easy this week.
I had Monday off completely. Tuesday I ran to club run training and back as well as the hours hill repeats. Wednesday strength and club turbo. Thursday run to training and back and at training speed work swimming and a core class. Friday today I cycled to strength and back.
I feel kind of guilty about the volume of training this week. I have reduced it more than the plan. But honestly I think I needed to. Psychologically I feel a bit training battered. It’s been relentless since last year. A very strict diet and a strict routine. I needed to chill a bit. I feel stronger too. Today I got on my bike and powered along for ages out of the saddle sprinting and testing my recovered legs. I powered up this mean hill past everyone else. In a show of strength to myself and how much easier it was.
They do say to get stronger you need a time out- well that definitely proves that point.
Tom I have a 90/100km cycle and I will brick that with a 5km run. Sunday is a 16.5km run and club swimming in the evening. I also have a date on Sunday – so wish me luck(really ought to get this ironman done first but these things happen)
Ordered some new boots for my TT bike today. Got a great offer from chain reaction cycles. I got 2x Michelin pro4 service tyres and 2xtubes for 39.99 – bargain and very happy with that.

It’s going to be great weather tom again and I’m liking forward to a normal short sleeved jersey ride again- we are doing the surrey hills which is great – I love those climbs, especially box hill.
Happy training all 🙂

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