9 Weeks to go…

Although this small corner of the internet doesn’t hold testament to it I have actually been doing a lot of training.

With around 38 hours in March, 31 in April and 24 in May already (Bike and Run – Swim not included) I’m in pretty good shape, I thought I’d write more during the run up to race day so I can get out all of the thoughts that are keeping me awake at night!

61 Days until race day…
I’ve had a pretty solid week, I think I’ve only sort of missed one session, which was the long run as I just
didn’t have time on Saturday. I am going to try and get it in this afternoon. I have had a weekend across all three disciplines which I am pretty pleased with.

Run:
This training stuff works! Every run I feel stronger and faster, since the start of the year I’ve taken around a
minute off my km pace, I know a lot of that is down to weight loss, but I’ve stalled recently and I am still seeing increases in pace, setting my fastest ever 10k this weekend and a painful 5k test set by Russell on Friday!

Swim:
It’s not brilliant, but an average speed of 2:05s/100m works for me. I’ve still got time to play with here and getting the practice in open water is, for me, really valuable. I am happy to swim for hours there, but I get angry at the pool within about 30 minutes! I know the pool is where we do technique and get faster and it’s important, but that doesn’t stop it being boring!

Bike:
Forgot that The Castle Ride is quite tough in places. Comparable climbing to Bolton although no SHL or anything like it really. I’ll caveat this by saying there were 4 stops on this ride so a bit different, but I definitely could have run after that ride yesterday. I do have some slightly concerning pains in my knee, but I think I can keep that under control with more foam rolling and I’m going to try and get fortnightly massages in until 2 weeks before the race – I think! I do need to work on nutrition, I was a bit stupid yesterday in deciding that I’d wait until the first feed stop to eat so I was struggling for a while. I will be ordering some PowerBar gels this week as that’s what they use on the Ironman courses. I’m sure they’ll be fine, I just want to check I am happy with them. It’s better for me to use the on course stuff so I don’t have to carry it all with me. On the whole a solid ride.

I’m going to make my first prediction, not sure if it’s totally wise to do this, but I need a target to focus on.

I currently have:

1h40 swim
10mins T1
8hrs Bike
10 mins T2
5hr Marathon

=15hrs.

So with any luck I can be in the pub by 9.30pm!

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