Ok, I lied in my previous post. Well, I didn’t lie, I was just a bit misguided as to how things were. I was in a post race haze of achievement.. pride… dare I say it, hubris. I assumed that even without the focus that Wimbleball created I would still be able to maintain the level of training and commitment I had when the propsect of a Half Ironman was looming. The fact that I was wrong is not in itself disappointing, it’s that I took so long to realise the damage that was being done sitting around drinking beer and eating cake. Not quite all the hard work I put in is now gone, but I’ve undone quite a lot of it. The only thing I can do about it is get back into routine and start preparing for next season.
When I realised that my motivation was gone after Wimbleball I signed up again for the 2012 race, although seeing as I have already completed this race I felt a new challenge was needed so I entered Ironman UK 2012 4 weeks after Wimbleball. So on June 17th 2012 I will be racing 70.3 miles / 112km again and then on the 22nd July 2012 I will be racing a full 140.6 miles / 226km. Yay! Motivation indeed. There are some serious areas of work over the winter:
1) Weight – I put on about 7kgs in total since Wimbleball, which was pretty stupid, but I know what I need to do to lose that and more and it means giving up the booze. So, from January 1st – July 23rd – Excepting 1 stag do, one wedding and maybe a beer after Wimbleball I will be a teetotaler. I think foregoing 7 months of booze for this is a fair price. The added bonus being I’ll be a seriously cheap date afterwards!
2) Swimming – My swimming has seriously deteriorated from its once lofty heights – not really I was always rubbish, I’m just more so now. My 12.40 swim at Hever this weekend (more on that soon) was poor and only more time in the pool working on the correct technique is going to get me faster than that.
3) Consistency – It’s no good having one 15hr training week followed by 4 weeks of 0hrs.
4) Running – I have started developing my running with James Dunne at Kinetic Revolution – more on that another time
They are the key things I think – I hope Russ agrees, or I will have to write another post contradicting everything I wrote in the previous one.
From now on every Sunday / monday will be posting days, I have plenty of stuff to waffle on about and this kept me focussed last time, I’m hoping it will do it this time.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more