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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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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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