Safety first so no 10K

Today was supposed to be my 10K run at Kenley aerodrome. But due to the snow the organisers postponed it in the week. A bit disappointing but you cannot blame them, they had to make a decision as people were still registering for the event. They even sent pictures of how much snow there was the day they made the decision to postpone.

I think in hindsight it would have been OK as it was a lot warmer yesterday and the sun was even out, so I think it would have melted. I saw my sister-in-law and she asked if I had been on a sun bed as I had a rosy complexion, but alas it was the result of a 75 minute run in the sun yesterday morning (no sun block as it is supposed to be winter). Snow one weekend, sun block the next weekend I wonder what we we get next weekend!

The nice weather also meant I could get out on the bike today for a (warmer than last time) 90 minute ride. Very pleasant.

The 10K is now on the 10th Feb – two weeks time and the weekend before the Half marathon on the 16th Feb. I did wonder if that will be an issue, a hard (if I go for a PB) 10K and then 6 days later a half marathon (where I want to go under 2 hours). But at the end of the day these are also training runs, not A or even B events. They are to gauge fitness, test nutrition and hydration etc.

The rest of the week has been good too. A lot of turbo – in fact mainly turbo sessions all week. This was OK as they are easy to knock over, The turbo is set up in the gym at the end of the garden, so within a few minutes of getting home from work I am training. No drive to the gym, no sorting out of the gym bag, means a longer session is possible or eating at a sensible time as I finish earlier.

A meeting in Manchester on Wednesday ruled out pump so apart from Pump yesterday morning followed by the run, the rest of the week has been on the turbo plus today’s bike ride.

Thursday was a work event so two ‘rest’ days this week as in no training Thursday and Friday. I say ‘rest’ as I didn’t train but I am learning that being out all evening and getting home at 11.30pm is not deemed a rest! Thursday was also the passing of my first work event with a free bar and I didn’t drink. Two bottles of mineral water was my lot. There was also quite a few people who went to the pub after work on Friday, but I went straight home and had an early night. Wimp or athlete – you choose.

Diet is also going well. I tend to write these posts either on a Saturday or a Sunday and the official weekly weigh in is on a Tuesday morning. This Tuesday I weighed in at ……. 11st 12lbs. Not bad as on the 8th Jan (three weeks ago) I was 12st 1lb. So a loss of 3 lbs in as many weeks. Bang on target. Still a weigh to go (see what I did there).

Thanks for reading.


Another good week

At this stage of the season I guess it’s just about getting the weeks done. It’s not always nice: the cold, the dark and the SNOW. But each week that goes by is a week closer to the first race. And for me that is next week with the Kenley 10K.

Don’t get me wrong this weeks training has been good. Some good sessions and fitting them in around ‘the circumstances’ has just been a bit more fun. Yesterday (Saturday) was a 60 – 75 mins run but again with the snow the safest option was to do a treadmill run at the gym. Very boring, even some changes in pace and incline to mix it up only helped for a short period of time. 60 mins was the limit mainly due to how warm it was in the gym.

What was good though was the fact last week I struggled with this run. Mark put it down to lack of nutrition so this week I had a bigger breakfast before pump and then eat again after pump and before the run. This seemed to do the trick as no issues this week.

Today was supposed to be a 90 mins bike ride but this is what greeted me this morning:

My beautiful picture








So no early morning ride before the traffic got busy, so as it was a turbo session instead (which can be done at any time of the day) it meant I could go back to bed and have a lay in. An extra hour in bed, a big breakfast and I was fully prepared for the walk to the gym/shed at the end of the garden.

My beautiful picture









Thankfully the 90 mins on the turbo seemed to go quick and it was a lot warmer in the shed than it was outside.

So 8 hours of training this week, no aches, no pains, no niggles etc.

Diet has been going OK but again no real weight loss to speak of. Only 1lb lighter than I was two weeks ago but I would rather that than lose a lot of weight and be ill. Maybe a few less calories next week and see if I can get down to losing 1lb a week.

Next week will be a challenge as well. Snow means hassle getting to and from work tomorrow which will eat into training time in the evening, a trip to Manchester on Wednesday means an early start and missing pump class and a work event Thursday evening means another ‘lost’ evening.

But hey where there is a will, there’s a way (there’s always a way).

Thanks for reading. And be careful out there.

Planning for 2013

I cannot believe my last blog was over the New Year period, it feels like yesterday.

Had a really good meeting with Mark (my coach) last weekend. And we have made some really good plans off the back of it.


I am on a calorie controlled diet – we are experimenting on my base number of calories needed per day and how many extra for training in order to lose around 1lb – 2lb per week. So base of circa 1,750 calories per day plus 500 – 1000 calories per hour spent training (depending how hard the session is) and see if I lose weight. If I lose too much than eat more, lose too few and eat less.

Food balance is also changing, having a bigger meal at lunch time while at work and eating more during the day and then less in the evening. Plus different types of foods, more fish and nuts and meat and less bread and potatoes. A big change but that’s what I wanted and expected.


I had already planned to do a few things: 10K run in Kenley in January (27th), half marathon in Feb at Dorney lakes and a very hilly cycling sportive 3rd March. All of these are to see how my fitness is going into the season.

The 10k was a key event as I was going for a sub 50 mins, but as I am carrying a lot of weight at the moment (12st versus target of 11st) and having been ill over Christmas and missing two weeks of training, I am just going to go easy and see what happens.

I have booked the Tri-Topia training Camp in May which Mark is running as it is focussed on training for half and Iron man distances.

The day after I come back from this I am doing the Pearson 150K cycling sportive. I am doing this with my brother, so it will be an easier ride (no offense bro)!

Weymouth Olympic distance on 9th June then a half iron man 14th July. At the moment this is Marlow (again) but I am trying to look for a different one after the shambles of last year and the mud bath of a run we are had to endure.

Big holiday end of July / first week of August to North Carolina and maybe a sprint distance triathlon there as well.

Then 1st September Olympic distance at Reading and end of September (29th) Hever Castle half Iron Man.

Then – get this – late October / November – A MARATHON!

So massive year this year. Partly to make up for an injured 2012 and partly because I want to do a big year.

So training is key this year to stay injury free and healthy. Which is down to Mark and having met him last week I have every confidence he can shape me (literally) into someone who can not only do the above but in a decent finishing time for each event.

Training started in earnest this week after the illness over Christmas as did the diet. It was a tough week, a hard Turbo session Monday, massive 90 mins swim session on Tuesday, and another swim session on Thursday, couple of pump classes in the week to strengthen my back and core and a tough run this morning straight after the pump class and hence on the settee resting now.

Two  hour bike ride tomorrow and then week 1 done.

Just hope all his talk of snow next week is rubbish.

Thanks for reading.