I haven’t scheduled any races/events in until September, i kind of wanted a little time to just enjoy the training, and plan some other stuff, and i had a couple of exams to do, and the wife wanted to go on holiday in August (Amalfi Coast). Also i’m not a huge fan of running in heat, not that England is hot, but i prefer colder temps!
I haven’t blogged for a while so i’m not sure where i’m up to!
The last event i did was the Ripon Triathlon, my first Olympic Distance. My aim was to do my first one in under 3 hours. I dd the swim in 30 mins, bike in 1 hour 23, and the run in 24 mins. The overall time was 2:53:33. I learned a few things from doing this, which is good. I need to practice my biking a lot!! but i was happy with the bike time. I should have eased off the bike for the last 5 mins to give my legs a little rest for the run. Also because i tracked the times on my Garmin i knew how long i had for the run, which kind of had its advantages and disadvantages. As soon as i started the run i knew i had 1 hour, which i knew i could easily do, i kind of eased off the run, with my main priority being to just finish, and get the first one under the belt. After i felt like i should have pushed the run a lot more, but i suppose next time i know i can beat my time.
The field average was like 15 mins faster than me, but i know my biking is bad, and i barely practice, which i’m going to sort out for next year. I’m faster than the average in the swim, and i can beat the average in the run (when i decide to push myself). So no more triathlons this year. All running events, then around Christmas time i’ll start upping my bike training for 2018.
The races for the rest of the year are.
- Half marathon 03/09/2017
- 10km race 24/09/2017
- Marathon 06/10/2017
- 50km trail race x2 over 2 days 18/11/2017 & 19/11/2017
- Trail Marathon 02/12/2017
- 10mile trail race 09/12/2017
So the rest of the year is mainly run training. Which is no different to any other time, hence being shot on a bike!!
Currently my training is
Monday – PT session, work on mobility, flexibility and core
Tuesday – Club run, either hills or speed work
Wednesday – Open water Swim
Thursday – Middle distance run from 8km to 12km
Friday – Open water swim
Saturday – Long run (20km – 40km)
Sunday – Rest or recovery run
Thrown in between, is sometimes i cycle to work, this is like 8km on a long straight road, so when i do this i try to use it as a kind of time trail. I also go to the gym every now and again do some weights and swim at the pool.
I’m going to stick with this for rest of year, then change this to incorporate more bike work. The open water swims will end in a month or so, so i will have to up my pool swimming.