Before my big IM race in October this year where it was lovely and sunny I decided to stop all beer about five days out from the race. Before then I was having one or two bottles of beer in the evenings.
Three days before the race we went to a 'party' where there was free beer so I had a couple then.
I stopped drinking on the Thursday and Friday. Saturday was race day. Did me no (real) harm.
I'm not really a big beer drinker. Pints of bacardi and coke is more my thing. I can drink plenty of that without getting (too) hungover so continue to do so.
One thing I do is try to ensure any drinking doesn't affect my training plans for the following day.
I'm just frustrated that I recently paid 54 quid for a two year subscription to the magazine when I now see I could get it for a tenner a year through British Triathlon. Doh. Almost 35 quid wasted. I could have spent that money on nut butter. Then I'd be really fast
With a long ride, a bit of commuting, a couple of swims and some running I find it really easy to go into double figures. I could probably do 20 hours training a week easily but it would have to be mostly easy. It's about mixing with the hard with the easy I believe. Not sure what kind of percentage mix you'd look for of each though....
This week I've managed to get in two bike rides of around 90k. A bit of commuting, one swim and two (short) runs (as I'm not doing any long running yet) and I'm at just under 13 hours. Pretty easily. Come March when I'm doing long runs, bikes and swims I suspect the hours will be a little higher but there'll be more intensity as well - thus more tiring... but then again I should be a fair bit fitter so it shouldn't feel so bad.
Doh! Apparently there's a limit to the length of posts on here. I shouldn't write so much. Good job I don't try and post my race reports here then! To continue...
"Back to the more recent discussion on the thread - run wise the only time I think I ever do a double run day is if I run to parkrun, get there early and then run the 5k after a 20 minute break. I guess that doesn't count."
I think that's pretty much the last of my original post.
I'd love to share some of my training schedules but I have nothing to share! I kinda 'wing it' and thankfully it's done me good. I might try for a little more structure next year, or at least wing it a bit less.
I am good at motivating and pushing myself during solo training though, and practically all of my training is on my own. Well, just me and my power meter! If you suffer in training then race day will feel easy. Perhaps.
I think you might be a little more structured than you think. Your bike numbers (if I'm reading them correctly) at IMUK showed an impressively smooth ride, did you do anything specific, or is it a case that once you can measure power you've got something concrete to work to.
I knew bolton was a bit of a lumpy course so I rode some hills. Where I am if I ride for about 45 minutes then the roads go quiet and I find myself in the Surrey Hills. This was great for my training. I just looked back at the last three long rides I did before IMUK to see if i could grasp anything (I couldn't) but this info may or may not be of any interest.
Just looking at the last few long rides before IM UK...
14 July - 3 weeks out I did a 127 miler! I hadn't planned for this. Myself and a few friends cycled down to Brighton. We didn't smash ourselves or anything, just had a good leisurely ride with plenty of chaingang drafting. Lots of fun. Just looking at the VI (variability index) figure for this (1.27!) shows that the ride was not ridden smoothly! That'll be because there was a group of us going easy/hard/easy/hard all the way. http://tpks.ws/Uu4S
A few days before that (Tuesday 9th July) I did a 102 miler on a hilly course in the surrey hills (on a hot day). This was a great ride. Coming off of the ride I didn't do any running (I could count the brick sessions I've done this year on one hand). http://tpks.ws/GGpE
Four days before that (Friday 5th July) I did a recce of the IM UK course. Just under 100 miles (three laps). I pushed hard (to hard) on the first lap and it made things tough later on. I remember stopping just for a few minutes rest on I think the final loop. When I got back to the hotel we were staying at I was absolutely shattered. But I loved the course and was looking forward to the big race. http://tpks.ws/a0vm
I really enjoy my bike rides and do 99% of them all on my own. I love it this way. If I get a puncture I'm not holding anyone up and the same applies if I'm with people and they get a puncture. I can stop where I want for a wee/drinks/whatever and go easy or hard as I please. I've never gone on a ride and said anything like "today will be a five hour ride with 2 hours in the middle at IM pace" - I just kinda go out, ride and push fairly hard (close to IM pace) for most of it. I think I'm just lucky/jammy/whatever. You'll see a couple of midweek rides in there as well - my work at the moment is fortunate (or unfortunate) that I'm not needed in an office every day. I also try not to take the TT bike out in horrendous weather if I can help it!
Back to the more recent discussion on the thread - run wise the only time I think I ever do a double run day is if I run to parkrun, get there early and then run the 5k after a 20 minute brea