Weather here is grim! Like many other places.
Love the early starts on here. My dogs have been behaving of late and not getting up till 6. Makes a change from the 0445-0500 wake up calls of a few weeks ago!
Thank you all for the messages!
Good news - I got home at about 1245. Had some lunch and promptly went to bed for a bit as had been up since 2am. They were quite happy that I hadn't had a seizure (very good news) and quite happy that there is no underlying cardiac condition. As I saw a different doctor I did mention that the previous one menioned the cardiac specialist but they were really happy with my heart readings and blood pressure etc.
It's quite common for blood pressure to drop when having a wee apparently and there is a name for it but I missed it. So the getting up from bed meant that BP to head was lower due to gravity. Coupled with this other thing meant not enough blood to head and fainting. Hopefully it is just a one off. They were happy to send me home and tell me to keep an eye on it. I'll certainly look at dizzy spells in a different way now!
All the more reason to pore over HR stats from future runs! Been told to take it easy but no need to stop doing anything. Will go for a few gentle 5k runs next week with a days rest between or something.
Going out for tea later as we had arranged to meet friends. No drinking though (Although I usually drive anyway). Not sure what to eat though...
I've been reading despite not posting. I'm still on a post event comedown and not really been doing anything. Loved the pictures yesterday from Don and well impressed with LMH's 32 mile run earlier in the week.
Today's update is brought to you from the "Majors" A&E section of the Royal Gwent Hospital. I got up in the night and completely blacked out in the toilet. I remember standing by the loo and feeling "swimmy", next thing I know I'm on the floor face down, one arm in the loo. Wife frantically calling me. I tried to get up apparently, sat down and then fell off other side of toilet. Had some spasms of arms and legs apparently...plus eyes rolling etc. So I've had a ride to hospital in an ambulance.
Bloods and ECG normal but HR at one point was down at 42 and my usual resting is around 60. They don't think was a seizure (good news) but am now in medical assessment unit and will need to see a cardiac specialist, due to my age and lack of history of anything like this. I know one or two of you have had cardiac things if I remember correctly? Hoping whatever this is will be manageable but also that they find out what it is.
I was planning a run this afternoon too! Was even considering park run tomorrow as well. Who knows what will happen next!
What: awaiting a verdict
Why: 35 year olds don't tend to fall down for no reason.
Last hard: This!
Last rest: could be ongoing.
Evening all, hope you haven't missed me too much. I gave up on Internet last week and enjoyed my holiday instead. Long story short, I took the whole week off. We had friends staying with us and just spent time together. Had some glorious weather.
LMH - weather here was horrid this morning and gorgeous now. Like 2 different days.
Dustin - sounds mega busy!
WP - sounds like a lucky weather escape!
Alehouse - ditto for you on the weather escape! I also enjoy your wisdom, as per LMH's comment.
Don - Looks awesome. Those views make the hills worth it I bet!
Emzap - great report! Well done!! Looks pretty tough!
Wabo - glad party was good. They are never easy or restful though are they?!
Chick - I'm not a beetroot fan but pretty indifferent to it! And I presume you meant "it" and not "I" with the intestinal comment!!!
OH - good miles! Sorry to hear about your Dad.
Weighed this morning for the first time in a few weeks. I've hovering around the 13st mark for about 2 months now without ever going under. 12st 13.6lbs! I'll take that after a week of no training and too much food and beer!
Out for run earlier, first of any exercise since the half-ironman last weekend. Decided to run 10k to see how I felt. I pushed a bit too hard on the hills on way back really, but felt good and quite strong. Appears to be no after effects from the race. Trying to decide what to enter next...There are still places in Cardiff HM but not sure if I want to do a big city race. Maybe I'll just enjoy training for a bit...
What: 6.2m moderate
Why: felt good.
Last hard: 1 week ago
Last rest: all of last week
Lessons learned Training – train more appropriately. I trained quite hard but sensibly for this, with the vast majority being in Z2 HR zone. However, this sort of controlled environment doesn’t always help when terrain and weather conditions require a more interval-focused approach. I did enough to get around but I would do the following in future:
1) Swim more in Open Water. A no-brainer. I thought that merrily swimming non-wetsuit in the Med on holiday showed that I could deal with the sea. I can’t. My panic seems to come from not being able to see the bottom and feeling I’m not making progress. I’m not too bothered being out of my depth, just sighting in the sea ruins me.
2) Get some swim lessons. Swallow my pride and go to the Masters sessions at the local leisure centre. Also get swim analysis. There is an excellent facility in Bristol and this may be a worthwhile investment because my swim is poor.
3) Bike more off the swim. I could feel the swim on the bike and that didn’t help with the couple of miles climbing. I have no excuse for not practicing this. There is a triathlon training centre close to my work. I could swim in the lake and cycle the 18 miles home. Once a fortnight would do…it’s not rocket science.
4) Bike more. My training stats speak for themselves. I ran more times than I biked in training. A lot of bike sessions were on the turbo. Doesn’t prepare you for hills. I have an 18-mile commute to work, which is invariably windy and a bit hilly. Free training eh? Basically, my bike is weak but I know it will get better if I keep biking!
5) For this particular event, do some trail runs. The Forest of Dean is close to home. Off road hilly running would put me in a good place for this event. Maybe some x-country races or something to get used to sharp hills.
6) Don’t screw up the nutrition. You cannot, cannot, cannot recover when you are 6 hours into an event. I should have eaten that bar I missed, even if it was in transition. The extra 2 mins would have saved me about 10-15 mins if I hadn’t crashed and burned.
7) Most importantly though, keep enjoying it! I’ve loved this past 7 months and I feel a lot better in myself. I’m going to go and see what I can do in some one-off races and maybe even get an official 10k time, as I’ve never done a formal 10k race.
fin. Thank you for reading this far! And thank you all for your support and words of encouragement this year! It's been a massive help! Time to keep it going!
Reflections My optimistic plan was to go sub 06:30, but this would have necessitated a 45 mins swim, sub 3:30 bike and a sub 2hr HM. My realistic plan was sub 7hr – same splits but with a 4hr bike. The familiar water panic put paid to part one but I was only 7 mins out. I was glad to get out under the cut-off to be honest!! I made the time back up on the bike for sub-7, but the swim took more out of me than I anticipated and I ended up going too hard on the bike, especially towards the end. This also caused me to miss my scheduled bar at 03:45 and I didn’t drink enough gel in the latter part of the bike. This came back to haunt me as I buried myself on the run in lap 1 – running the hills did me in completely.
Looking back at the stats, it shows that I went Z4 HR for mile 2 up the hills. That, coupled with the nutritional cock up made me crash and burn. I stayed in Z3 for the remainder of lap 1, as planned but the damage was done. The rest of the run was done in high Z2/low Z3 and was a good 1:30-2min/m slower than my training pace for that HR.
You may not believe this, but I don’t obsess over stats. I’m always happy to say I was in L/M/H HR Zx and ran at x pace. But in this case, I didn’t know what happened to me. I didn’t feel like I “bonked” as such, but with hindsight I think I did.
This sounds like I’m putting a downer on the experience, and believe me, I’m not. I really feel like I’ve achieved something. I’m not even disappointed that I missed my planned time. As said, I think that my main goal was to get out of the swim alive and under the cutoff, then I knew I’d be OK, barring disaster. Also, I’ve gone from pretty much zero to half-iron distance in 7 months. I’ve had to re-learn to ride a bike properly and I run up hills faster than I ran down them in January!! It was a great event and a tough course. Would I do that event again? Probably. Would I do a 70.3 again? Definitely!