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Robs Blog: Chasing Kona: Week Ten: Navel Gazing

It’s eight weeks to go to Ironman Texas. It’s my first time training for an early season race and although I’d always traditionally start training in January I wouldn’t normally be hitting the sort of hours I’ve been getting up to for the last couple of months.

It’s also been a very unusual build for me in that I’ve done almost all of my biking in the trainer and a lot of running in the treadmill. I’ve never cycled or run indoors as much in my entire life.

It sort of makes me think about why I do this sport. Is it just so that I can achieve a goal? With how I get there just being a function of attaining an outcome. Or is it because I love the lifestyle?

I always thought that I do this sport as much for the love of the training as I do it for enjoyment of the event itself. I love racing but I also love the training. I think this is important because the training is the much bigger part of it. The race is measured in hours. The training is measured in months and years.

I love the fitness and strength that comes with it. I also love the discipline. I love the process, the sense of achievement that all come from living the lifestyle of an athlete.

But this year has been a funny build so far. It’s probably the coldest winter I can remember ever training through. And maybe I’m getting soft but I think I’ve only been outdoors on the bike once in the last four months (excluding Lanza in January)

Despite the lack of riding outside I don’t think I’ve missed a single bike session this year. I’ve been on the turbo three, four or five times a week and have done a bunch of five hour days indoors. Something I’d probably only done a handful of times in my life before this year.

The training has almost become a means to an end. I quite enjoy the short, hard turbo sessions (short turbos are now measured in hours instead of minutes, it’s funny how a bunch of four and five hour sessions indoors can make a two to three hour turbo feel relatively short) But the five hour indoor rides have never quite gotten to be as enjoyable as five hours spent outdoors in the sun. Funny that.

Still, I’ve been getting through them. But it has made me think about why I’m doing this. The Ironman day and the Kona thing are hugely motivating but that’s always only been a part of it. The love of riding and running outdoors was almost a bigger driver.

I think I always get to this stage in March where I’m sick of a winter that won’t just fuck off. I suppose that because of targeting an early season race this year that feeling is just magnified.

Anyway that’s enough naval gazing. Let’s get on to the weeks training.


Monday 5

Off


Tuesday 6 3:30 (3)

  • Swim 1:30 4200m
  • Bike 1:30 7×7 mins hard bg. Turbo
  • Run :30 6.5k. Treadmill
  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 10/10
  • Work —
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Wednesday 7 3:05 (2)

  • Swim 1:20 4000m
  • Bike 1:45 49k steady turbo
  • Energy 6/10
  • Motivation 7/10
  • Work 8 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Thursday 8 1:20 (1)

  • Run 1:20 16k inc 2×25 mod/hard
  • Energy 6.5/10
  • Motivation 7/10
  • Work 6 hours
  • Sleep 8.5 hours good

Friday 9 1:45 (1)

  • Swim 1:45 5000m
  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 8/10
  • Work 8 hours
  • Sleep 7 hours. Good

Saturday 10 4:50 (2)

  • Bike 3:55 114k turbo inc 3×30 1×40 IMRP
  • Run :55 10k
  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 7/10
  • Work 5 hours
  • Sleep 7.5 hours. Good.

Sunday 11 3:00 (1)

  • Run 3:00 31k
  • Energy 6/10
  • Motivation 6/10
  • Work 6 hours
  • Sleep 8.5 hours. Good

  • Totals 17:30 (10)
  • Swim 4:35 13200m (3)
  • Bike 7:10 198k (3)
  • Run 5:45 63.5k (4)
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Robs Blog: Chasing Kona: Week Nine: Emma’s Fury

Snow

The snow is so deep Asho has to get into my footprints behind me 

We’ve had weather warnings over the last twelve months that have been carried and promoted by the media that didn’t come anywhere near to occurring. Yellow or orange or red weather storm warnings which never came to pass.

The last one caused the shut down of most of the country.

The last warning that was. The storm itself never actually materialised.

As a result of the previous “boy crying wolf” weather disaster warning stories that didn’t happen I was sceptical of this one. In fact when I heard this round of stories of snow storms and red warnings I scoffed that I’d believe it when I saw it.

Wednesday arrived and along with it came the heaviest snowfall we’d seen in Dublin in about eight years. Myself and Ais ran into work with bags on our back but when we saw how bad the conditions actually were we decided that we would just open for an hour. Read More

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Ironman and 70.3 class in store in March

  • How to train for your first Ironman or 70.3 and how to get faster at middle and long distance racing

  • Rob and Ais will be giving a talk in store aimed at both first time and improving Ironman triathletes.

    The class will cover the following topics:

    1. How to build an Ironman Training plan.
    2. How to structure training sessions.
    3. Where to focus your attention and work.
    4. Which areas are most important to work on.
    5. What are the most effective Ironman and 70.3 training sessions
    6. How do you get faster

    The class is free but places must be booked.  Click on through for details of how to reserve a place..

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Robs Blog: Chasing Kona 2018: Week 8

I’d felt really tired in the middle of last week and Ais pulled the plug on a couple of my sessions. What ones I did were either shortened or less intense than originally planned.

This week was looking like being a bit messy from a training point of view. Work hours were going to be shuffled, I had a days work outside of the shop on Thursday which meant I most likely wouldn’t get anything done and Ais was away Friday and Saturday at a family wedding.

Ais put my big training day down for Tuesday and moved some of her stuff around to accommodate it. Orla and Grace in the shop also covered me for some hours during the week. It was another reminder that Ironman might be an individual sport but I very much have a team behind me supporting and helping me train and race, without whom I’d never be able to do this.

Tuesday was down as a big day, 4000m swim, five hour bike and run off it for one hour twenty. I was a bit nervous as I still felt tired and wasn’t sure how I’d cope with it. Read More

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The Strava effect 

“There’s no way I’m putting up a run and advertising the fact that said I ran that slowly. Everyone will see it and think I’m really slow”

But if a session isn’t on Strava then it didn’t happen right? If I don’t post it then no one will know I actually dragged my arse out of bed at 5am to go to the pool and knock out that 4000m swim before work.

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