I know I’ve posted a lot recently about swimming, but – confession time – re-posting my 220 Triathlon blog is an easy way of posting a blog. But as well as the swimming, since the autumn I’ve been trying to become a runner again to prepare for starting to train for Brighton marathon in April.
Massage clients and members of WADAC (Winchester & District AC, where I’m a coach) will know that I’m very keen on recovery – enough of it and the right kind.
Many a WADAC runner has been told off (sorry chaps!) for turning up to a club track session too soon after running a race hard.
A huge part of ironman racing – or any ultra endurance event – is nutrition. If you can’t fuel yourself properly during the race either you won’t complete it or you’ll be in a bad way once you do finish. Unfortunately, despite doing all the ‘right’ things during training for all three of the iron distance events I’ve done,
I’ve talked about post-race recovery before, and how important it is not to rush it if we’re to avoid over-training problems.
At the moment, one week on from The Outlaw, my biggest problem is now not to continue to eat huge amounts as if I was still training 20 hours a week…
My son Jack and I ran the Alresford 10k on 17th June. We both had a good day – 17 year old Jack coming 18th and me enjoying a good hard run two weeks out from my ironman race. The race course is challenging but brilliantly-organised and friendly. I’ve always either run it or marshalled.
It’s O-6 (Outlaw minus 6 days) and I’m trying to remain calm and relaxed in the run up to the Outlaw iron distance tri this coming Sunday. One of the things I find useful is to think back over all the training and races I’ve done in the build up, to help cement in my mind how much work I’ve done to get me to this point.
Well it’s ten days to Outlaw – my iron-distance A-race this year. In some ways the time’s gone quickly (I’ve been training specifically since new year) yet in others the time has dragged and I feel I’ve been ready to race for a few weeks. If I’m honest, I have even felt a little bit bored with it all at times.
This year my third (and final, for the time being) ironman distance triathlon is the Outlaw in Nottingham on July 1st. I’m in week 17 of a 26 week programme, and working hard.
Training’s going well. The only blip was a horrid virus that had me off training for the best part of a week in February,
On the training camp we had a couple of lecture/Q&A sessions. One focussed on periodisation and peaking properly for a handful of specific targetted races during the year rather than bumbling along without any focus, never really switching off the effort but also never really giving one or two races your full attention to get a really cracking result.