Week in review 25/01/2016 IronmanUK 70.3 training

A really frustrating week, last week. I absolutely smashed 10k on Tuesday (relatively, for me I mean). I had gone out in the hope of scraping in under the hour, and ended up running 56 something for it. I was over the moon, so I went to do it again on Thursday, got to abbout 4k, not far from Tower Bridge, felt quite a lot of discomfort in my ankle, but was making good time so decided to push on. Not a smart move. Serious pain on Friday and Saturday, spent Saturday night and all day Sunday with my compression socks on, had a big foam roll last night and everything seems ok today, I notice the pain a bit when I’ve been sitting down for a while (one of the problems with a desk job). I’m going to smash it out on the foam roller tonight after a kettlebell session and then hit that 10k again tomorrow, kettlebells again Wednesday, short run Thursday, maybe kettlebells again Friday then long run / ride Saturday / Sunday.

There’s still plenty of time to go before June, 21 weeks yesterday so a proper rest seemed like the best thing for it. My weight is going exactly to plan. Exactly 4 weeks into training and exactly 4kgs down. Perfect.


Week in review 18/01/2016 IronmanUK 70.3 training

160 days to race day.

Biggest week so far:

2 x 45min runs

Park run (with Buds on his bike)

1 x 50 min run to Mum’s

2 x 1hr+ bike rides.

It’s getting easier and it’s getting more enjoyable, I think this week I’ve actually started to enjoy training, it’s taken a few weeks, but getting out of the house is less of a struggle and after the initial few minutes each time the pain seems to go and it’s a joy to be out, I now know that spring is going to be amazing (if / when it arrives).

I’ve had a few niggles this week, shin splint-y pain and a weird pain in my foot, a bit of stretching and compression socks seems to do the trick.

I’ve also found that tight calves / heel cord may not be a problem locally there. Really stretching out my hamstrings and adductors (always tight, because I sit on my arse at a desk 8 hours a day) seems to relieve the pain.

Weight is continuing to shift in the right direction, although this weekend I let it go a bit, overindulging in orange party food on Saturday (Wotsits are addictive, salty cheesy little bastards) and then overeating on Sunday (and I had a glass of wine, one glass of wine with dinner) the food was all home cooked, but I ate more flat bread than I should and more cous cous. It’s very difficult to eat sensibly with Mechoui lamb, it’s slow roast lamb covered in garlic, rosemary and thyme, pulled apart and put into a homemade flat bread with yoghurt, harrissa and a carrot, orange and pomegranate salad. It’s fucking immense all wrapped up together, the salty lamb, fiery harrissa, cooling yoghurt, sharp salad, all in that doughy bread. Yuuumm.

I also had a Hungarian biscuit afterwards.


MyfitnessPal┬áis a real help because it’s easy to see where I went wrong and by how much and then make the necessary corrections (it’s normally pretty obvious, but it helps having it written in front of me)

Right, I’d better get on with this week then. (It’s actually Thursday today so technically it’s almost over and I’ve only done 10k running so far)



a triumphant return

My return to triathlon training went like this:

2 runs, browsed Tri-Talk, looked at a few blogs, loaded up training peaks, filled in IMUK 70.3 and the Turkey run in December then went and sat back on the sofa. I’m conscious of overtraining so I think this is probably the safest option.

I’m going to fill in the next 8 weeks of base training over the weekend and then, hopefully on Monday I’ll find some motivation from someone or somewhere and actually do one of the sessions.


Wimbleball III

Another year, another me not at a desirable weight, not as fit as I wish to be and going back to this blog to put some thoughts down and get ready for the next attempt.

I’ve come to realise that I need a goal to be motivated to lose weight and train and that goal needs to be sufficiently difficult. So, back to Wimbleball, another 1/2 Ironman triathlon. I’m coaching myself this time and I’m already excited about it. I’m not entirely sure what my target will be, but I’m thinking 6:30 this time, a 48 minute improvement over 2012, but with a bit of weightloss that should be achievable with nearly 300 days until raceday. Having said that, preparation needs to start now. I’ve had a few weeks off on holiday and put on a couple of kgs, so I need to reverse that and get some base miles in over the winter ready for some serious training in the spring.

I’ve got a bit of a niggle in my shoulder which I’m going to work on in preparation for a lot of swimming over the winter.

I’ll start recording properly next week, I’m going to use the rest of this week to plan out the next month, have a couple of easy sessions and plan my diet.