Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ramping up…

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Well, I think it’s fair to say winter base training appears to be coming to an end. It must be as the sessions are starting to get harder, faster and they are starting to hurt!

My coach, Mark Shepherd, is quite strict about the need for a good solid winter base training period; building up the aerobic engine and allowing just the occasional ‘blow-out’ type session, usually a Saturday morning 5km parkrun.

But with the first of my pre-season races now just four weeks away (the Wokingham half marathon, I have a score to settle from last year!) I can definitely feel the effects of increased speed sessions in the training plan.  So that means more KM-reps, Half Marathon Pace (HMP) sessions as well as more challenging turbo sessions.

Training has been going reasonably well since my last update; somehow I am managing to average around 13-14 hours a week, 16 at a push.  One area of training that needs a firm kick up the backside, though, is my swimming. 

Considering I’m a better-than-average (by no means elite, but I can hold my own) swimmer, you’d think I’d enjoy training a supposed strength.  The truth is far from it. I’m really struggling to find my swim mojo at the moment. I did briefly start with a masters group, but work, travel and childcare commitments make my appearances at training sessions sporadic and sometimes it’s difficult to schedule training so that I don’t either a) arrive at swimming shagged or b) shag myself at swimming so I can’t hit the numbers on a hard run or cycle the next morning… Hardly a unique situation, I know, but would dearly love to enjoy swimming again. 

Another event from recent days is that I finally bit the bullet and entered my first half-ironman / middle distance event.  I’ve gone for the Swashbuckler in the New Forest in May.  I’ve heard mixed reviews of the race, but it fits my timeline of being ready for the World Champs qualifiers in June – the idea is that Swash will just be an extended training race (just to see if I ‘like’ the distance) before I knuckle down to the real business of qualifying for Auckland later in the year.  If I fail to qualify for Auckland, I may look at another Half-IM race at the end of the year.

There’s no doubt my run is improving.  Despite not doing speedwork for the best part of four months, I recently got to within 10 seconds of my overall 5km PB and set a new course PB at the hilly Bristol parkrun by 30 seconds.  Still a long, long way to go but hopefully showing some promise for 2012.

I promised in my last post to update my race calendar for 2012, so will do that in the next few days!  In the meantime, I hope everyone is making the most of the cold, crisp weather and looking forward to the season ahead!

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Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - 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 2014 qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

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