Thursday, January 23, 2020

Getting stronger (and hopefully faster!)

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So, despite a reasonably full-on week (not to mention a short-lived bout of man flu!), I managed another course-specific PB at Bristol's Ashton Court parkrun on Saturday. Still only 19:27 on what is a hilly course (take a look at the course profile on my Garmin trace here:, but a decent 46-second improvement over my first attempt at the course just before Christmas (to be fair, the wind has a BIG impact on times and that first week was VERY windy!).

Although this is still some way short of my 'overall' 5km PB of 18:51 (set at Swindon parkrun last September), the fact that I am now within 40 seconds of my PB on a course that is widely accepted as 45-60 seconds slower, AND that I've spent most of my training time since setting my last PB in winter base, has given me some encouragement that things are looking good for showing improvement in 2012.

Hopefully the improvements will continue as my training now introduces more speedwork.  In fact, I am oddly looking forward to returning to Swindon in the next few weeks to see if I can't set a new PB for 2012.  All this run focus lately does seem to be affecting my bike (big lactic build up in last night's TT simulation), but hopefully it will all even out by the start of the season.

I narrowly missed equalling my training time from the previous week (13:15 vs 14:15), but I did manage to more than double my swim time and increase my run time (the main reduction in time was due to no long weekend bike ride, due to childcare commitments). Still, a solid 13 hours training is good for this time of year and as the parkrun shows, the winter base training has given me a good starting point for the season ahead.

A trip to The Big Adventure Store in Swindon after the parkrun on Saturday saw a new front mech fitted to my Argon18 Radon bike, which has made shifting much more sweet (thanks Simon!).  I also seemed to leave the shop with an impulse purchase, a new Limar Ultralight+ helmet.  Very nice, but I'm sure I didn't need it...!

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Matt Fisher runs - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs