Thursday, 22 December 2011
So whats the plans for 2012? Hopefully money available the races this year are:-
Lincoln 10k - Aim for a sub 40, or a sub 45 at least!
Dambuster Triathlon - Oly distance, open water, eeekk!
David Lloyd Triathlon - Wouldn't mind another crack at it, beat last years time.
Notts Marathon - Prep to see if I can go the running distance for the Ironman in 2013 - also one of my friends has bet me that I can't run the marathon!
Not as many races as I would have liked, but money is going to be tight with now having a mortgage and having to pay out more getting to training with the tri club (petrol bills ect due to moving) but on a plus note I now have a good long cycle to work every morning or the possibility of running a 10k before work :-), Swimming pool just around the corner, Open water center too.....things are looking good for 2012.
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Friday, 4 November 2011
The best thing about where I am moving to is that its near a local swimming pool, its a nice distance to cycle/run to work, the water sports center down the road is available for open water swimming May-October next year so ideal for practice for next years Olympic distance race which currently is looking like the Dambuster Triathlon in rutland waters, only £65 and not to far from Lincoln.....just need to be able to swim the 1500m distance in 6 months...ooo and get a wet suit.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
After doing a few runs it looks like all the regular injuries are out the woodwork again, the most annoying thing is that they all happen on my right leg... sore Achilles, hamstring feeling tight, cramp in calf an interior shin splints. I looked up on the net to see if there is a muscle imbalance somewhere in the chain, so I started from the top of my leg an worked down, straight away it was obvious my hip muscles are in terrible shape! So this is could be the weakest link an the cause of my over pronation. So now I'm following some basic exercises to strengthen my glutes from this article:-
Did one set yesterday and that wasn't so bad.... today I did two sets an I think I'm gonna have doms tomorrow! Going to do them everyday and see if the injuries subside :-).
Monday, 10 October 2011
Getting to Hawaii and doing the Ironman is most probably the pinnacle race of any triathlete, but the road to get there is not an easy one having to be in the top 3-5 in your age group at any Ironman race to qualify (Kona slots vary on the age groups and the location of the race). After looking at some of the results about 1,100 managed to go around the 9hr mark! I would love to do but a reality check is needed, it takes alot of commitment (and money!) to do it, maybe ill get lucky and do the Kona Lottery to get a place? haha.
On the other note of training I have started running 3x a week, but already my legs have started twinging in places to remind me to build up slowly, which is so frustrating, I have the will to go out there and do it, but the body says sloooooow down. So for the next few weeks I might just do 2x a week running, 2x cycle and 2 swimming, shed a few pounds and get the core and glutes exercises going again.....even contemplating getting the Vibrams out again to strengthen my feet, but be cautious and not over do it this time!.
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
T1 = 1:45
Bike = 34:19 - Wooo go Tri Bike!
T2 = 0.36
Run = 21.50 - Not bad, cramps ruined the start.
Well thats it until next year, I have really enjoyed my start into the world of Triathlon! Met some great people at the races, always friendly people to chat to while waiting to get in the pool or setting up your kit in transition. Thanks to my friends and family turning up to support and cheer me on, its been great and cant wait to do it again.
So what now untill next year? Well for one thing swimming is going to be my main focus to get it around 8mins at least! almost 12mins is a joke and no BS, all front crawl, no breaks ect....going to try an go at least 2x a week, focus on the breathing and trying not to hyperventilate which is making me tense and loose my rhythm.
Bike, well fingers crossed we dont have a sh*tty winter like last time so I can get out every now and again, just on the safe side im going to take the slicks off my MTB and put the regular ones back on, get some hill work chucked into the mix.
Run, the one thing im good at when im not injured lol, going to try and get sub 20/5km and sub 40/10k, Will test this out in the lincoln 10k in April, fingers crosssed :-).
Sunday, 18 September 2011
So how did it go? Considering how busy I have been,lack of constant training, illness an a few niggles I am impressed with a time of 1h 10mins.
My initial print out slip its put me down as 58m 44sec in T2! But got a text later this evening confirming my official time :-).
Well the swim was crap for me, bolted off from the word go and was pooped by 6-8laps and had to resort to abit of BS between laps, plus the 3 other people in my lanes was doing it and trying to overtake them doing FC just knackered me out. 11mins 45sec. I need to seriously put some pool time 2-3 a week if I have any hope of doing an Olympic distance tri next year.
Bike section had lots of ups and downs and a few good downhill sections to get some speed up. Hardly any traffic on the roads so that was good, over took a fair few people which made me happy, love my new bike, just still having probs with rear gears popping out of sync, still 34mins 19sec overall, chuffed.
Run section, major cramps in both calf muscles!!! reduced me to walking for first 200-400m until I could get my stride back, not taking on much water during the other stages prob left me dehydrated, last sprint I left a drink in transition area that I quickly got a few gulps before hitting the bike. 2 lap I was back in my running pattern and pushed it a tad to get 22mins.
Course was good, abit more challenging with the hills but reminds me I need to do some hill training both bike and run.
Injuries? Well as I sit on the sofa typing this out my hamstring feels ok-ish and my achilles tendon is giving a dull ache, going to stretch before bed an try hang my feet off edge of bed facing down, try to avoid shorting the tendon and getting pain first thing in the morning.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
So my plan for tommorow is just to enjoy myself and use it as good practice if it does piss it down, crack open a can of MTFU and get the race done :-)...plus I cant be an Ironman if I wuss out to rain and a few small niggles ;-)....roll on tommorow!
Saturday, 10 September 2011
While trying to run up the 5 flights of stairs I slipped on the edge of the step and felt a pull in my calf/achilles, didnt think much of it due to that fact I had DOM's in my legs from the Saturday run. Come the next morning, even breaking into a slight jog I felt it twinge and pain...Not good! So decided to rest it for the week to let the DOMs subside and see how bad it was. This morning it feels ok, so just going to leave the running until next sunday on race day, I got a PB of 21.16 for my 5km which im really happy about but maybe pushing it after not running for 3-4 weeks may not of helped I guess I was just thinking about going fast and working out my max heart rate, ready to start training with a HRM watch on interval and tempo training.
Link to Run:-
I stuck to a good diet with lots of protein to help repair what damage I had.....untill Yesterday! As it was my 31st birthday I took loads of treats into work and indulged in a few...and then came home to a lovely 3 course meal cooked for me by my fiance. Now if my Tri suit struggled last week with the little extra weight I put on, I best be real good this week!
Monday, 5 September 2011
Training has been slow, did a 5k run on saturday evening with a PB of 21.16 trying to work out my max heart rate (time to start doing tempo runs and interval training in hope of getting some sub 20 5k's and sub 40 10k's next year, ive been on a plateu for too long on these runs so need to up the game and break them barriers.
Swimming is coming along nicely, still getting abit tired but that my fault not going more than once a week. Soon as winter hits Ill be heading for the pool more and working up to 1500m ready for the London Triathlon next year.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
I asked my trainer how my swimming was coming on and if there was anything that stood out that was slowing me down or making me fight the water so much, but he said I was doing great and that it all comes in time, just need to relax and slow my pace down abit....I hope one day I can look back on these bad swimming experiences and wonder why I had all these issues in the first place...cant wait for that day :-).
Monday, 15 August 2011
As I am off work for the week I decided to have an early morning swim. Not been doing much swimming since the David lloyd triathlon due to going on holiday and coming back with a throat infection which stopped me eating, sleeping, drinking for 5 days and made me loose half a stone. Today after a few laps I just felt so out of it and couldn't be bothered, then water up my nose, goggles fogging up constantly... I gave up, just gonna rest till Wednesday session with the tri club. Also I got to start eating clean if I can and avoid any junk :-).
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Managed 20km in 37m 43sec which is just over 3min 40sec faster than the MTB with slicks on, well impressed! Have to admit I started to feel the pinch on the journey back having not cycled this far in the last month so I need to get on the bike as much as I can before Southwell Triathlon in Sept to improve my times.
Here is my route using Endomondo..
Wanna go back to bed now....hate 6am wake ups :-)
Friday, 12 August 2011
So after alot of looking in bike shops, looking online, getting reviews I couldnt decide which of the two bikes I really liked, one was a road bike, the other an entry level triathlon bike..The road bike would be more responsive on the road, easy to climb hills with, and a good all rounder. The tri bike however would be faster, more aero and save my legs for the run part of the triathlon. Seen as though I already had a bike I used to commute to work on and do long bike rides I decided to go with the tri bike as I can feel the need for speed and extra minutes saved on the bike, plus with 20% off end of year special I couldnt say no, so I got the Fuji Aloha 2.0.
Just need to get out and ride it now, must admit it take abit of getting used too! Ive had it set up for me by a good friend at work called Bill who is into racing bikes, coming back from his garage I felt alot of difference and more comfort in riding it....plus hitting 30mph made me smile!. Fingers crossed the weather is good sunday morning for a 20k cycle.
Here is me just after registration and about to get my bike racked up.
After getting registered I had to get my bike racked up and all my gear set up in the transition area and then head off to the race briefing as it was my first triathlon. I tried to hear what the guy was telling me but I just made out the basics, plus I could hear my little boy moaning on the other side of the car park while the missus tried to keep him entertained :-). Once that was out the way I only had a few min’s to get to the pool and be ready to start in my wave.
The swim was a bit choppy as lots of people in the pool, but I managed to get my lengths done even if I had to resort to breast stroke for the last 2-3 lengths as I didn’t want to get too out of breath getting straight on to the bike (swimming is not my best of the 3) plus I forgot how many laps I had done so, thought best do 2 more to be on the safe side......out the pool on to T1......oops i still had my swim cap on! ran back and dropped it off as they needed them for the wave counters....quickly dried my feet, socks on, trainers on, belt on, helmet on....bike....off!
Just as I mounted my bike I saw the missus with my little boy cheering me on which pushed me to get up to speed, first km I tried to get my heart rate down as I needed to prepare for the Burton village hill which was quite steep! but I managed to get up it without stopping which I was happy about. Not far down the road was my good friends Charles and Leander filming me (Ill upload the video later). Managed about 30-34km/ph average on my mountain bike and managed to overtake a few of the earlier waves on road bikes which got me thinking if I was pushing it too much before the run? but I didn’t really care as I was having fun!...coming to the end of the bike leg I saw all my family this time all cheering me on which made me smile big time having all this support so early on a Sunday morning. Another friend of mine was waiting for me apon entry to the transition area
Quick racking of the bike, spin my belt round and thrash out the 5km run, abit of jelly legs to start off with for first 500m but then I got into my normal running pattern, about half way I felt my right hamstring, feel abit tight so didn’t want to push it too much and cripple myself...so took it steady and crossed the line in 1h 25mins 16secs.....not bad for first attempt I thought :-).
Swim - 11:22
T1 - 2:05
Bike - 48:15
T2 - 0.47
Run - 22:47