Brol - Have a great weekend away and more importantly have great race , you have put the training in and in very good shape.
2old - VLM will be priority but will stick with my 3 runs a week, while maybe trying to up the volume of the runs, maybe do my quick miles as part of a 10 miler As a newbie to tri I'll look at a few training plans and try and modify, need to get some bike miles in as Outlaw half is end of May then full in July but hopefully these miles will help with overall fitness, and swimming will still need lots of work. Good news on the back.
5 miles run this morning, first one since Valencia and all good.
brol - Go steady no more accidents, see you're keeping quiet about the speedy mile(just got to love strava).
brol/2old - yeah that is the big concern with my 3 runs a week, lack of volume, anyway I used to break down regularly running 6 times a week and with my new "love" of tri I have got any spare time to do more than 3.
Freemers - Well done on the half in naff conditions.
Nell - Good solid training from you, are you sticking with Hanson for VLM.
Had a lazy week last week, but gently back on it this, swim Monday, 1 hour indoor bike yesterday and 121 swim lesson today, will run tomorrow.
Brol/Chick - Not sure the pace for those miles was too quick, I had to make up for that slow first mile and halfway at 1:36 was about right.
Freemers - 5 long runs were 20(7:52), 20(7:47),20(7:48), 24(7:44) 21(7:33), so maybe a little quick but as I'm only running 3 times a week maybe I had the leeway to run at this pace. In the past campaigns I've tried to stick at around 8's but again have not broken 3:15. Maybe I am a 3:15 to 3:30 runner. Good luck for Sunday.
Physio for me today and all good so probably run next week, off to swim club tonight for the first exercise of week. Bad news regarding the club as the pool where we are based is closing at the end of December, the coach is trying to find pool time elsewhere but most think it will be a struggle.
Bored on nights last night and looked up increase of temperature on pace per mile and most say 30 to 50 secs a mile for temp on Sunday, some of the fade is explained by that.
Valencia was marathon number 14 for me. Great place, not as big or touristy as Barcelona, but plenty to see and do. Got the start pretty early but soon got busy so made my way in to the starting pen, not too warm as yet as still in the shade.
Then pen was very big, and for some reason the 3;00, 3:15 and 3:30 pacers were all at the front of the pen. Emotional start with the minute silence then we were off, very busy for the first few miles, tried not to dodge and weave too much, spotted a pacer up ahead at about 4 miles which turned out to be the 3:30 pacer and soon went past(maybe should have just stayed with them)
Due to heat I was taking on some water at every stn(every 5K). Really well supported around the course. Saw the leaders go past the other way, think I was at 10 and they were at 15 very impressive. My pace was going well and halfway at 1:36 and feeling comfortable. Gels at 6,10,14. Then at 17 all started to feel more hard and took a gel early. Got to 20 and the wheels kinda fell off, took my last gel early to try and get a boost.
Not in a great place from 20 to 23 as I knew target was gone, but for last 3 mood got better and lots of high fiving and whooping the crowd to get some cheers. Splits as follows: 8:10, 7:24.7:29.7:19,7:06,7:04,7:11,7:15,7:17, 7:12,7:16,7:04,7:14,7:07,7:20,7:31, 7:51,7:40,8:05,8:42,9:16,9:43,9:26,8:55,9:22,8:43,7:32(last bit)
Very impressive finishing line, and free beer after. Official time 3:28:59. Tried not to over analyze but obviously heat was a factor and looking at splits and massive fade which started at 17 and got worse I think I got the energy/carb loading wrong. Or it just was n't my day. Thought my training had gone very well and one of the few campaigns I have n't been injured at some point. Legs were not too bad the following day and probably walked over 6 miles taking in the sights and a trip to the beach.