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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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10 weeks to go!!!

Well I’ve been so busy I’ve really neglected this blog. I apologise.
I’ve been training hard. I have a new job in the city that’s also demanding a lot of time. I also have a girlfriend 🙂
So all in all great but just no time!!
I’m up to 20 hours training plan now and up to more next week. Going into a 4 week intense block before slowly slowly tapering.
I haven’t heen able to stick to the plan though and I’ve probably been banging in 12-15hours a week on average. I’ve still had an injury so only been managing one long run a week. Up to 30km now though. This week managed 2 runs so all good. Got knocked of my bike at peak hour London traffic ouch- got bruises and road rash but in one piece!!

Tom long brick and Sunday 35km run. Next week I have a 4 week phas of 7hour TT bike sessions on a Saturday that I’ll brick as well. I’m going to the course in Bolton for a week on 23rd May so that’s like my training camp week. Looking forward to it all.

I’m doing this for charity- for Macmillan. They do great work and help people with cancer at their most vulnerable. Please please donate what you can now- there’s a tab at the top of this page – you may need to view on your computer!!! Please help me raise my target. I’ve been training constantly through the winter and sacrificed so much of my time to achieve this goal. It’s been so so tough and mentally fatiguing!!! Thanks everyone.
10 weeks to go- shit!!!!

My injured leg after this silly driver knocked me clean off my push bike agghh!!!

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Saturday 12th April – speed demons

Well I haven’t written the blog for a while and to be honest have had a little bit of a break and spent some time doing non active fun things- stuff I’ve really missed out on whilst hitting the training. I’ve eaten out a few times in the last week, caught up with family and friends and been away with work as well.
My first real session back was Thursday at the pool. I ran there which is just over 5km. I felt so good having not run for a few weeks because of my niggling knee injury. I did push it a little though and did the 5km in 21mins, which is probably a PB for me. My Cooper test/polar training watch suggests my running index is 64 giving me the potential to do a 19min 5km. I reckon I could do that know if I really set out to do that. I then did a hardcore pool session and I actually commented that I felt strong and I did. I led the groups and most others were flagging at the end and I was still full of beans. I then did a yoga class and ran home.
Friday was weights and I pushed it and was aching in my quads.
Today I got up and went out with 4 other fast riders from the triathlon club. I took my TT bike and we set of for a round trip to Henley on Thames. This route being just shy of 150km. We averaged a 34.5km/hr and I am aching so much now. I also had a puncture. Came home watched homeland and slept. Feel better now.
I’ve put on weight. I feel it as well as seeing on the scales. It’s hard not to get pissed off but I needed a bit of a purge and down time. I figured I have 3 months left till Ironman UK. I have put a new program in place for the rest of the training and it’s getting heavy. Up to 23/24hours a week. Open water swimming is open now in Thorpe, so going to tackle that tom am. A cruisy 20mile ride out there and a swim in 13 degree water brrrrrr…. But I want to be ready.
I need to start collecting some of this charity money now. I am raising money for Macmillan and there is a link at the top of this page. Please give generously. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how hard I’ve been training and to come from nowhere and over 100kg to now is amazing in itself. The fact I’m raising money for Macmillan has kept me focussed and committed.
Happy training all.

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Tuesday 1st April

Yesterday I got my new hydration System for my TT bike and I had to try it out. I also fixed my seat bottle bracket also and adjusted the TT bike. I went round Richmond park 4 times and I felt quick but it was hard too. The gearing on my bike is so much bigger than my compact roadie. I have a 42 and 53 chainring on at the front so is much bigger than my 34t. This is great once you’re going but the steeper hills takes it’s toll. My legs were burning on the 4th lap. In total I did 54km in 1:38 so that’s like 34km/hr average which includes the traffic going to the park and back. Amazing!!! I can’t believe my progress it’s fricking awesome!! I could’ve pushed harder too. If I average this on ironman uk it will cut 40mins of my 6hour target time.
I woke up aching today though, my
Legs feeling the weight. I got up at 5:50 ate porridge and went out on the TT bike again and did 4 more laps of Richmond park. This was a misty morning and my legs felt it too. Slower than yesterday. I averaged 31km/hr. I then stopped off at the pool and swam. It was an endurance swim and I have now upped it from 3x1265m(38 laps in a 33.3m pool) to 2 x 1900m which is the same distance as before but with just one brief break where I got out the pool and walked to the other end before resuming my swim on the 2nd set. This is to emulate the ironman uk. Ironman uk is made up of 2 x1900m and I want to simulate as much as possible. So my plan is to do this 3 times a week and then the other 2 swim sessions with the club are drills and speed and whatever else they get us to do in prep for triathlons. The swim today was good. The time came in slower than the same distance with 3 sets because obviously I slow down on longer sets. I completed it in 1hr 6 mins.
Also I wish older ladies in the pool wouldn’t wear so much perfume I could taste it today swimming urgghh!!
So all in all good couple of days but I’m feeling the extra load.
Tomorrow I’ll swim in the morning and then I have a strength session followed by a club group turbo session.
My knee is sore still so I missed run training tonight and I missed my long run on Sunday – feeling guilty but I can’t afford a long term injury with only 110 days to go.
Happy training everyone!!!!

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Thursday 27th March

After Tuesday’s run I was a little bit reluctant to do my planned 10 K this morning, basically because I was aching and thought I don’t want to overdo it, as last time i pushed hard I got injured and was out for three months. So tonight I ran to my training session, which is only 5 km and back again afterwards. Maybe shouldn’t have done that either as my knee feels like it’s slightly out of joint and I had tender shins too. Anyway I did it and I’ll be wearing my compression stuff to bed and tom. Training was good. Did the first swim followed by yoga.
The swimming was warm up and drills and then main set was 4x150m off 2:45mins, 4x150m off 2:40mins and then 5x150m off 2:35mins – so finishing on CSS swim just hitting lactate.
Was good and felt ok, not the strongest I’ve felt and I’m really feeling the fact I’ve cut my swims down from 5/6 a week to 2. I’m going to raise the bar again. Due to the fact I’m running again I’m a bit more tired than usual and have been struggling to train in the morning and at night. I can’t get complacent now though as it’s less than 3 months till ironman uk and I want to be fit.
I measured my body fat % today and weight. I’m sitting at 12% and weight down. I need to lose another 3.3kg of fat to be at my target 8%. That’s not had going I reckon. At one point I was 105kg and probably 35%+ body fat. I’m now 76.4kg at 12% and I feel great. My endurance is great and I think I’ve done enough training over winter to get my body into a fat burning machine – which was the target for the ironman. I hardly rely on gels or such like for 4 hours or less- well hardly is wrong I don’t uses them at all. I was doing a London to Brighton and return ride on Sunday but realised it’s Mother’s Day here in the UK and so I’m swapping that for a fast paced ride with a small group from the Tri club to Henley and back. It’s called the Henley express- 134km in under 4 hours. I will brick that too with a 5km run at target marathon pace of 5min/km. I need to make sure I don’t sprint off the bike which I keep doing. I will then run on Sunday morning a half marathon or a little longer. Be good to get to 15miles already but I need to be mindful about big increases and injury.
On a personal note. Doing some dating that’s ok, works good, won a nice big client yesterday and looking forward to seeing my mum on Mother’s Day.
Happy training all!!

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Monday – No Training

No training today. I was expecting to wake up feeling rough or at least a bit sore from yesterday’s 253km ride. I was surprised and felt like training. The only reason I didn’t plan to train was because I thought I’d need to recover, but instead I fixed my gears and brakes and put on new bar tape. Ordered some new cables. Did my washing and made dinner. I do have a slight case of “non-training guilt” but I keep saying to myself gains are only made when you recover NOT when you train.
Tomorrow it’s back to a 50km sprint cycle followed by 3.8km swim before the work day starts.
I feel awesome that I achieved that yesterday.
Oh yeah, I keep reading about DOMS. I have never experienced this- is that normal? I ache a bit after weights, is that DOMs??? Confused.

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