Before any training session you can load up on carbs, take gels, energy shorts or energy beans etc, take water and energy drinks to give you that all important edge.
This weekend there was a very natural energy boost, The Sun! After months of winter training with layer and layer of clothing, running in gloves, freezing off our private parts, how different the triathletes mood and effort is when the sun is out.
An excellent 3 hour 24 mins ride (77K) yesterday morning around Richmond Park and a lovely 90 mins run (15K) including three laps of my local park as two laps easy and one lap hard.
Loads of people out and about, loads of sun and loads of enjoyment. Hence the wide smile on my face when I got back from the run that I thought I should share with you all.
Total of 9 hours training this week as 6 hours on the bike, 2hrs 20 mins running and 45 mins core/weights. No swimming this week which I need to address.
Roll on next week.
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In general the past few days have been good.
Having decided to not run in the New Forest 14 mile run this weekend (see previous blog) it meant I could get back to training and that was a good call.
I did an easy 40 mins turbo session on Tuesday evening, just to remove the remaining cobwebs from the previous weekends half marathon, I did a 40 min run on Weds eve including some hard hills reps (3 x hard uphill and easy recovery jog back down as 1.45, 1.42 and 1.41) and then I rode to work on Thursday (20K each way) on the mountain bike (all easy).
I am planning on an easy run this evening for 30 mins and then some weights and some core work, a big ride tomorrow for circa 3 – 3.5 hours including some efforts on the race bike (Richmond Park here I come) and then a long run (90 mins) on Sunday. The Sunday run will be 6 laps as 2 x (2 easy, 1 hard).
That will put me on 8 – 9 hours training this week (Mon – Sun) so not too bad. Still not doing swimming but the holiday (in 5 days – yippeee) will mean no cycling so just running and swimming, swimming and more swimming. Racing the sharks at Sharm el Shark!
Diet is going well too. I had a cheat night last night when ‘the wife and I’ went for a curry so loads of carbs after the 6pm deadline but that’s the first time since the diet started in earnest circa 5 weeks ago. Still no alcohol this year – but I think I may crack on that whilst on holiday.
Last weigh in had me at 73kg down from 78kg at Christmas.
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