“I love it when a plan comes together”

I have been a bit …. well … crap …  at doing my blogs lately so apologies and here is an overdue update.

All is going very well. True to the plan February was a solid month of training. I didn’t do the Kenley 10K or the Ball Buster as one would have been a distraction and the other would have been too much.

February was four weeks of training as 5 hrs 20 mins for week one, same for week two, 6 hrs 30 mins for week three and last week was 5 hrs 20 mins. This was key to get into a routine and start to string some weeks together after the off, on, off training over Xmas and January.

Last week included a 90 mins bike ride and that was really nice, getting out of the shed and off the turbo and get some proper bike miles in the legs. I am currently coming to the end of a big bike block with a turbo session Friday evening, a ride outside on Saturday, a turbo Sunday, another turbo Monday evening and I am due to do a turbo again tomorrow (just done a 1 hr swim this evening).

So training is going good.

So much so I am looking at events and have agreed with Mark to do the half marathon at Dorney Lakes on the 22nd March. I am looking forward to that. No PB’s this year though, it’s all about pacing for the Ironman.

I have also pencilled in a cycling sportive for the week after of 115K if all goes well at the Half Marathon. That’s all I have planned pre boot camp Egypt. We fly out to Sharm on the 13th April for a little over two weeks and that will be a real boot camp situation. A couple of weeks after we get back will be the Marshman Half Ironman on the 11th May – the day my wife and step daughter are due to do the East Grinstead Super Sprint Tri! And I have also seen a 3.8K swim in Reading which will be good race practice, swimming that distance with others around me.

I feel a lot happier now events, dates and a plan is coming together (without sounding like Hannibal off the A Team).

On Sunday we went to the TCR Show at Sandown Park. We caught up with Mark and his lovely wife Clare and also Lee and Sam from Tri Topia. Just being around Mark gets you motivated and enthused. He’s like a motivational drug.

I treated myself to some new running tights and some funky, bright orange, Compress Calf guards as well as stocking up on Torq bars and Energy 5 Gels. Mark has a new book out as well which was bought ready for the flight to Egypt.

Finally a big shout out to my step daughter Leigh. She has signed up for an over night 100K bike ride in June. With very little riding experience and no bike, this seemed like madness. But Mark has helped me put a training program together and she has been knocking out the sessions set as much as she can. Her 10 month old son has been ill the past week so, understandably, she has missed some sessions, but she was up at 6.30 this morning to go for a run as she couldn’t train this evening. We have sorted out a spare bike and she will start getting some bike miles under her belt this weekend, weather permitting. And I get a training partner.

Thanks for reading.

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