hasnt time flown
Here's this week's blog:
Monday:Mixing up the plan again! Went for a run,left it till early evening as today was a warm one.Decided to try and tackle a hill I'd been wanting to attempt for a while.Started with a gentle 2 miles and then the hill (about 250feet climb in a mile according to runkeeper).Very hot and hard work getting up it but made it to the top without stopping and then a very nice 3 miles back down on the way home.I find it good to have a few small goals in the back of your mind and attempt one every now and then,even if they mean nothing to anyone else, it's good to be able to say "I did that one"..... 6 miles in 63 minutes.
Tuesday:Exams today so took this as my rest day.
Wednesday:The plan called for a negative split cycle on Monday,I've tried this on runs before and know it works even if I can't always achieve it, so thought I'd try it on the bike.Picked a route I knew to be about 12 miles and set off,a few hills at the start made it hard to keep an even,slower pace but I managed to settle into it after a couple of miles.After 6 miles I picked up the pace a bit and pushed for home and it worked....first 6 miles in 29.50 and last 6 in 26.36 and it felt ok,would have felt a lot worse doing the split the other way round.
Thursday:Running again,time for a long run.A warm day but only hazy sunshine so headed out in the morning carrying some water (unusual for me)Ran to Skerries and back (about 10 miles) and felt good by the time I got to Balbriggan again so thought I'd add another loop around the town on to my run.Another one of those goals in my head was to get past 13 miles which I hadn't managed up till now but felt I'd be able for.I'd put it off because of the half in Kildare but today felt right and next week would have to be a taper week for the tryAthy so I went for it.Very happy to do 14 miles in 2:28.
Friday:No swim this week so far so today's the day.I have my wetsuit and the weather is gorgeous so seems a shame not to try an open water swim in the sea.Went over to Skerries and bumped into a few members of Fingal triathlon club getting ready for a swim,they were very helpful and encouraging and gave me a good confidence boost.I changed into the wetsuit and took the plunge....literally! My first impression was Jeez it's COLD,but warmed up a bit and did a bit of swimming before getting out into the sunshine to thaw out a bit.Got back in again after a while...still COLD and tried a bit more swimming but it wasn't great.I was getting "brain freeze" from putting my face in the water and couldn't get any rhythm going.All in all a bad swim but still glad I did it.
Saturday:Just a short cycle,tried the same hill I ran up on monday but had to walk some of it.
Sunday:SwimAthy day!!! Arrived in Athy about 10 o clock and the weather was glorious! Registered for the swim and met up with the rest of the "tryathletes" and Gary Kirwan.Spent a very nice hour or so with us all relaxing in the sunshine waiting for our safety briefing and swim start.And then the time arrived....must admit I was a bit nervous as we walked up through the town to the slipway into the river in our wetsuits.Final pictures taken and into the river we went....and it was ok...compared to the sea it was very pleasent,almost warm.We swam/walked our way back to the starting point and got ready for the off (harder than I thought against the current)And then we started.....any plans I had went straight out the window,I set off too fast,lost where I was going (sorry Sharon) and ended up out of breathe going very slowly,with fogged up goggles.....I was happy to complete the swim (sorry Sean for jumping in front of you at the timing point) but was a bit disappointed with how it went for me.
After another very nice hour in the sun watching the 750 and 1500 swimmers come in to the finish we went up to Dooleys for refreshments and last minute Q&A's.Sharon and me were both dying to try the course again and after leaving Dooley's we got our chance,we left my car at the finish and took Sharon's car up to the start point.What a difference the second time made!! We were both much more relaxed as we got in and swam up to the start point and set off on the 400 metres down stream.It went really well,I found a proper rhythm to my swim and relaxed and enjoyed it and I think Sharon did too.
Soooo glad we went again,don't know if we were quicker and it doesn't really matter because it just felt better and if I can repeat that second swim next week I will be very happy. Good luck with your training this week everyone,hope to see you all next week.
Can't believe next weeks blog will have the actual TryAthy race in it.
Only a week to SwimAthy now and 2 weeks to the TryAthy,training has been going well and I'm really looking forward to the events now.
First I'd like to say a thank you to the team for their work on the trainng plan and the Q&A sessions,a lot of work must have gone into these and even though I'm not sticking to the plan as much as I could or should it's been a great guide and I've picked up lots of tips and found both the plan and Q&A very helpful.
Here's what I got up to this week:
Monday:The day after the half marathon in Kildare so definitely a rest day! Very happy with how the run went and how good I feel today,no major aches or pains,just feels like I've had a long run.
Tuesday:Decided on a short run,nothing too long or fast just to see how the legs would feel.Did a nice 3.4 miles in 34 minutes and most importantly felt fine during and after it.
Wednesday: I missed the bike session from the plan on monday so went for it today.I'm beginning to feel more confident on the bike and I'm getting the hang of keeping a fairly even pace (with the help of runkeeper speaking to me) The cycle was going well and I was enjoying it so did a bit more than planned.Ended up doing 22 miles in 1:53,tired by the end of it but really enjoyed it.
Thursday:Had another rest day.
Friday:Time for a swim.Started out doing a bit of the ladder session as suggested but got distracted by the steam room.After coming out I did an almost continuos 600 metres in about 22 minutes.I managed to find a comfortable rhythm for the last 100 metres or so which felt really good but I ran out of time(school lessons in the pool).I really hope I can find that rhythm again next time because it felt a lot easier with the right rhythm.
Saturday:Running again.7 miles in 69 minutes.
Sunday:Bike and run brick.Did 18 miles on the bike.Again I'm finding getting an even pace is easier and using the gears is almost second nature now.Brought some water with me too,drinking on the bike is a lot easier than when you are running! As I got close to home I picked an imaginary dismount line and got off the bike without stopping and straight into a gentle jog with the bike for the last 100 metres home (unfortunately no cameras to catch my stylish dismount!)Left the bike leaning against the house and took off the helmet and straight into a run.Very strange feeling for a few minutes,my first serious "jelly leg" but it gradually wore off and my legs were mine again.Glad I got to experience that before race day and will try it again a few more times (as suggested in the plan)Ran about a mile.
Next Sunday is SwimAthy so my next blog should have news of my first open water swim in the Barrow.Hope to see you all there.