A lack of bloggage

Following a complaint I received yesterday from one of my dedicated blog readers, that ‘I hadn’t blogged for weeks’, I am sending a quick update.

All is good – very good.

In the past two weeks I have done 18 hours 30 mins training split as 10 and a half hours two weeks ago and 8 hours last week.

This week I am up to 6 hours as I type, split as 4 hours riding an hours run and an hours swim. The swim session included a 1,500 set, which I did in 30 mins and 22 secs, without even trying.

So training is going well. Tomorrow is a rest day as we will be packing the car and having an early night ready for the obscenely early start (we leave at 4.15am) on Saturday, to travel to Tri Topia.

So I feel very prepared for Vichy in 10 days time, having a real good block of solid, high volume and consistent training behind me. The biggest issue I have in the next week is making sure I take it easy and don’t do too much at Tri Topia before we travel to Vichy next Friday.

I also, finally, ordered my TT bike today. Having looked at some ‘too good to be true’ deals on 2014 models, which turned out to be hokum, I have bought a 2015 model , due in the first week of October. Pearson’s have sorted me out with a bike that should fit me perfect (a Felt B14) and they have done a good deal for me and thrown in a free bike fit and adjustment. This is why they are on my recommendations page!

So the next blog should be from Tri Topia, assuming I can drag myself away from the heated pool, hot tub, flat smooth fast roads or the glorious food and good banter.

I also have to learn to put my cycle shoes on while on the bike. A key objective for next week, reading for Vichy.

There will be a tracker for the race on Sunday if anyone wants to check on my progress – check out the Challenge Vichy website.

Thanks for reading.

Getting the miles (or K’s) in.

The past two weeks have been immense.

It really has been a change of gear since Austria in terms of sessions and distance. In the past two weeks I have clocked up over 22 hours of training:

Three hours swimming (including two open water swims)

Nearly thirteen hours of cycling

And over six hours of running.

This week alone I have run a total of three hours forty-five minutes and almost run the distance of a marathon (37K / 23 miles).

Last week I cycled a total of 167K. Only 13K short of the Ironman leg.

So really clocking up the miles (or K’s) and getting fit in the process. Which has meant also a lot of early nights and sofa time in between sessions.

I actually feel fitter and more prepared for the Vichy Half then I did for the Ironman. That is quite a weird statement, but having done several half’s in the past, Vichy is all about a PB and getting the pacing right, as I am going to go for a time of under 6 hours:

Swim 32 – 34 mins (current PB 36 mins – at Hever Castle)

Bike 3 hours – 3 hour 15 mins (current PB 3hrs 16 mins at Bedford)

Run 2 hours 10 mins – 2 hrs 20 mins (2 hrs 20 mins at Bedford)

Best case 5 hours 42 mins – worse case 6 hours 10 mins. So it’s doable.

Ironman is still an unknown for me, I need another easy(ish) one under my belt before I will feel as confident about them as I do about half Ironman events.

But the fun and practice of half’s is good as build up to the full Ironman events to come.

So I’m off for a big roasty dinner. Thanks for reading.