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.


Fuck motivation – discipline is what you need

I got an email in early January from Nerd Fitness, I subscribed to Steve Kamb’s site a while ago and he sends out some incredibly nerdy, but incredibly useful and inspiring emails, but this one was like a big old punch in the face, it was called

Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions. Do this Instead.

he put a link to this…

Fuck motivation

It is perfect, it sums it up beautifully, because this is me! I can’t count (well, I could, but it would take days and I don’t want to) the amount of times I’ve written that I’ve lost my motivation, it would be a load more, but it’s more than likely that I lost my motivation for writing about training when I lost it for actually training.  The point is, I always felt like I’d lost my motivation and just waited for it to come back. Quite a lot of the time it never did, or didn’t for absolutely fucking months and then I’d put on 10kgs and running and cycling hurt so I didn’t bother, or even when I as training hard I’d skip a few sessions because I didn’t feel like it.  This article made me realise that motivation is bullshit. I need discipline. Motivation will be great, it will make it easier to get out of the door, but it’s discipline that’s needed and it’s discipline that I’m going to implement.

Making the decision to get up at 5am and get the early train so I can run for an hour at lunch is easy, the actual getting out of bed is the hard part, and when I don’t feel like it I could blame motivation, but I’m not going to. I’m going to get my arse out of bed and get the early train.  I’ve managed that on both days I planned this week, which is a good start, it’s all I can do at the moment.

I urge you to read the full article: Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions. Do this Instead.


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 is 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)



Week in review 04/01/2016 IronmanUK 70.3 training

174 days to race day.

An slow start to triathlon training, but a start nonetheless. I managed 3:49  out of a planned 7:48.

I tried out running back from the station, it’s just under 2km, but it wasn’t really working for me, it’s too much hassle for a short run like that, in that I could just walk home from the station and schedule in longer runs. I might try and run from the station in London to the office when it gets a bit lighter, but for the moment I’ll bin that idea.

Good ride out with the Shaws and Darren on Sunday, nothing spectacular.

Diet good, carbs low, getting on with it.