Doner Does the Double

my enduroman 2013 training and tribulations

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Doner Kebab    pirate
27/01/2013 at 23:59

increased the running this week to 39 miles in total, still not enough but i put in 15 hours training this week and dont want to overload again, not a lot of biking although i did get in a couple of 30+ milers and a 50 last sunday. hardly any pool time this week but isnt that the generally accepted method of iron training? 

think im soon going to have to give some of the smaller sessions a miss and devote more time to longer sessions but with the better weather coming i cant see that being a problem.

2lb lost this week so cant moan but did forgo the usual saturday night takeaway and i am losing the habitual coffee WITH BISCUITS. but kids birthday today and i cant resist nice cake

28/01/2013 at 06:50

Well done DK. Enjoy the birthday cake, would be rude not to. 


Doner Kebab    pirate
28/01/2013 at 18:25

123 days left soupy - i figured i can lose it by then but it still might be a close call 


30/01/2013 at 20:16


I have entered a bit of a silly ride, (but not as silly as the London-Edinbrough-London one I wanted to do.....  I just have 300 miles to do in 24 hours. 

That actually sounds really reasonable compared to the double.


whats your plan re training zones etc for your long rides....
I normally train at z1-upper z2, (129- 144) and end up racing IM at 155- (145 late on) due to excitement!

Where are you training for your bike?

Doner Kebab    pirate
30/01/2013 at 23:28

OC - i havent even been outside this year but i am taking a techy approach regarding zones. I cant really say with certainty that my figures will translate to outdoor riding but i do know that i can compare like for like to last years efforts. So, basically im still working on the very easy side of things

the above is an hour that i did last week as a bit of a bench mark - key points for me are : 18.9mph average over an hour just under at an average heart rate of 66% max which i think is great, i only touched 70% twice because i stood up to give my arse a rest. It felt great and i could have gone for hours but im not going to over cook myself this year. It was done in my front room at a good temperature, i wouldnt say i had problems racing in heat last year but i know going out in 3°C isnt as race specific as indoors - even with the wind chill effect.ok - i did have problems with the heat     my run suffered at the vitruvian tbh, i just felt too hot, it may have been other factors but who knows. 

My training for the bike will be done mostly at the vitruvian course, the enduro course has 136m of elevation and the vit course works out at 186m on average over the same distance, but the vit has the ripple which i believe is harder than anything at AT as this seems to be more rolling

anyway back to the hr training - im on the same bike and turbo as last year but i have fiddled with my position a few times but like for like im going about 2mph faster for the same heart rate, my quads are building up a bit from strength training too - bit of a funny subject in our house but i cant get into my narrow legged 30" waist jeans - its not the waist that the problem, its the thighs - although losing a few more pounds might help  Im going to be hitting 75 milers next week, i still think theres plenty of time to get out on the road - its not as though i need more road or bike handling skills so im happy with what im doing atm.

i just started putting in 3x 3 mile hard efforts and overgeared sessions into my week as well as the usual 100+rpm and z2 stuff, and mix that with the hill running sessions and dedicated leg weights sessions i should have legs like tree trunks come summer. moving away from heel striking has made a world of difference to my calfs too, dont know how people run like that now. Anything you think im missing or may benefit from tell me - all advice appreciated

Doner Kebab    pirate
30/01/2013 at 23:29

oh whats the 300 in 24 hours? im a glutton for it


01/02/2013 at 23:23
Newcastle to london. run by someone called bike 24 or something.
They are also doing manxhester to london.
I figure i get the tri bike out and crank 224 miles in 12 hours then cruise the rest
Doner Kebab    pirate
05/02/2013 at 22:50

i found it OC - ride 24, bit steep - i would have thought it would be cheaper than an ironman even but i guess not so many people so economies of scale and all htat.

Anyway been a swim focused, well half focused, ok - i swam a few times and tried to tell myself that it was a swim week. I got a couple of 2.5ks in amongst a few smaller swims and on monday i did my furthest swim ever of 5.8k - it really didnt seem that bad, a lot easier than i first thought it would be so maybe i dont need to put hours into the pool to get a passable time. I did look at my times at certain distances, 50:17 for the first 100 lengths and 55.40 for the second 100 but that included a few minutes having a drink and getting my head round doing another 100. the last 800m was done as a cool down and took 18:28 which is still quicker than what i was doing last year so all good for me. If i scale that up to 7.8k for the double i should have a time of 2:47:22 but i think/hope i may be a little quicker than that as i am going to be wearing a wettie and normally am a few minutes quicker - even on the shorter stuff. maybe a 2:45 or even a 2:40 but i dont think 5 or 10 minutes is really what is going to make or break me over this distance.

Still got to find time to hit a 75 miler on the bike this week but family stuff and weather is making it hard, I have actually got my better half doing the Insanity workout with me and the kids are going to join in so that should be cool - or rather sweaty really, urrgh  

06/02/2013 at 22:18

dk - I thought the price the same as a cheap (outlaw) IM - 24 hrs exercise v 11..... bargain..?

Doner Kebab    pirate
07/02/2013 at 08:55

oh yes i realise that, its just how much it costs to put on the events but like i said maybe they need to charge that much because not so many entrants.


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