I’ve really stepped things up over the last couple of weeks, and as a result I’m starting to feel a lot more confident about the challenges ahead. The thought of the bike course in Lanza still terrifies me and I think it always will but I now feel that I could get round and finish in under 17 hours. I might even be a little bit quicker if all the planets align, I have a 112 mile tailwind and I find my marathon legs on a dull, overcast race day…..
It probably doesn’t sound a lot but I’ve put in two weeks each at 12 hours of training. Within those two weeks I’ve completed my longest swim, longest bike ride and longest run since 2010 at the Outlaw. These sessions have of course been complemented by shorter, focused training such as coached swim intervals, pyramid sessions on the turbo trainer and some fast interval running. Which in total means I’m getting a well-rounded approach to my forthcoming adventure.
My longest swim kind of happened by accident, my coach had set me a 3000m swim but I was just having one of those mornings where it felt easy so I just kept going until I reached the Ironman distance of 3.8km. IF I can get out of the sea at Puerto del Carmen feeling that relaxed I’ll be over the moon, but I guess adrenaline, sea water and 1500 other people knocking hell out of me will be a lot less relaxing.
My longest run saw me out the door before 6am, again wasn’t intended but it was a stunning morning so after the planned 30 minutes at 8.30min per mile I decided to keep going for two hours. I relaxed the pace slightly and averaged just over 9 min / mile for the two hours. I was supposed to run home from work later that day but my legs were trashed, so I ducked out and got a lift. No sense in pushing it eh?
The bike ride was planned. I met up with Andy H for the first time in months – with work commitments and family commitments we just haven’t got together at all. I wished him Happy New Year before we headed out for 65 miles on the bike in the drizzle. Again I think I could have kept going, which is a good thing as we’ve both signed up for the Jodrell Bank 80 mile sportive this Sunday. I’ve got a lot of training to get through before then…..must admit I can’t wait.
I can’t go without congratulating my younger brother Craig, he attempted his first 100 mile running race this weekend. He only ended up winning the Thames Path 100 from Richmond to Oxford in a time of 15 hours and 11 minutes, beating the next person by an hour.
He obviously got the running legs in this family 😉