Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:45
Malcs, my body is certainly feeling the high mileage, so David and I spent Sunday training for Bacchus – we walked into town to have lunch at a pub (almost 2 miles) then we walked home and I left him in the pub whilst I did some kneading of the bread I was making then went back out to meet him in that pub- it felt like it must be the last day of summer so we had to get some cider in J
Hans C That half ironman result is incredible, and you’ve inspired me! I’ve done one triathlon before, and the shock of the cold water gave me an asthma attack; I was last out of the water, but recovered somewhat on the bike and was fine on the run- that was only a sprint, and I put it down to never practising in open water here in England- who knew it was much colder than Sydney! But RRR and I are going to do some OW swimming this weekend, with a view to working toward a half iron next year. Be interested to hear more about your training. I would suggest that you need to keep all your running between now and York slow- possibly add speed during the 2-3 week taper in the same way you would maintain speedwork had you just worked toward the marathon – slow stuff the next few weeks will help you repair and recover from your half ironman. Get the distance up as best you can – maybe 15, 17, 20, 15, 8 for the next few weeks of longrun. I tend to err more on the side of caution than most, but in order to do the hard work /speedwork etc, you need to have a sufficient volume of ‘recovery work’ slow easy stuff, and the two need to balance out- a half ironman doesn’t really count for that, but an easy swim may help your recovery- doing work where your muscles can create energy with oxygen- if they do too much without oxygen, it causes acidosis, which is not a great environment for your muscles to operate in- I would keep everything light and easy until your body is raring to go, and then put in some speed from there, but remember a marathon is long!
Well done in your race Reikirabbit! You’ve got to be pleased with that- especially speeding up each lap. I quite like multiple lap races- you can set yourself challenges within the race, so even more motivation J
Mr P, hiya, are you planning on doing Chester marathon? Or half? I remember you doing the Sandstone trail last year- looks a fab race J
Hi Rachel, sorry your running has had to have a hiatus due to your eyes. Didn’t realise how common detached retina (retinae??) were, but it really does put you out of action. Will we still be seeing you at Bacchus? Have you got your fancy dress yet?
Sarah, I would encourage a nice bike as long as you can store it securely! When I bought mine, I didn’t have a car, and it was my main form of transport around Colchester, so it was quite easy to justify the cost- previously I had my sister’s old Raleigh max which was such hard work carrying up the stairs to my flat, and it was too big for me- road bike I can just pop on my shoulder, and its very easy. But you don’t want something too nice that it would get stolen... An entry level road bike for a man isn’t that expensive- they are a bit more for women, because they tend to have a higher specification at the entry level on a woman’s bike... Both david and I have the most basic of road bikes but they are still great fun, nice and light, and I wouldn’t spend more on it, but just get it serviced regularly. Good luck in your taper (and no sympathy for too fast long runs )
Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all