Category: Ironman Training

Robs Blog: Training Numbers: Week starting 24th September

I’m now almost a month into training it’s funny how the first couple of weeks back are in a lot of ways the hardest.

Re-establishing the routine and getting used to the early starts in the mornings again. Becoming organised and planning ahead to make sure I’ve the right gear with me for the days sessions.

It takes a couple of weeks for that stuff to be just a regular part of your day. Something that you do without really thinking about it. But that routine is now more or less set and the training is once again just a normal part of my day and week.

If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or click here and the magic of html will bring you straight there…

So far the it’s going really well. In fact I’m starting to reach the point where I should back off and recover for a couple of days. I should see the warning signs for this by now. But I never do (or maybe I just choose to ignore them…) Read More

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Robs Blog: Training Hours Week Starting 17th September

So two weeks in and I’ve managed to hit three swims, bikes, runs and strength and conditioning sessions each week so far. There’s consistency and dedication for ya…

This week was actually a pretty decent one hours wise and I’m starting to feel sort of half way fit. Well, fit enough to get around a ride and run without needing a nap afterwards.

I’m also on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx if you want to follow my training and sessions in more detail.

Anyway, onto the numbers.  Read More

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Robs Blog: Containment Issues: Split shorts malfunction

I’m in the middle of a 90 minute run and have a couple of ten minute hard intervals to do. I count down to the start of the first hard block and then accelerate up to speed.

It’s been a long time since I’ve run hard. Actually it’s been a long time since I’ve run at all. It’s almost five months since Ironman Texas and since I’ve trained properly.

In the intervening months I’ve jogged with the dogs a couple of times but that invariably involves poo stops (for the dogs, not me…well usually not for me anyway) and various detours into bushes.

So not exactly what you’d call training. Read More

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Robs Blog: Training Hours: Week starting 10th September

I’m going to split the blog into two parts each week. There seems to be some interest in the numbers. How many hours, kilometres, sessions or meters I manage to squeeze in each week. That’s this one. It’ll probably be a Wednesday post.

I’m also on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx if you want to follow my training and sessions in more detail.

And as long as I can keep think of some semi entertaining story there will be a Monday Blog too which going on recent trends will probably be about the size of my arse (which Asho seems to think is shrinking) despite bursting out of several pairs of shorts.

Anyway, this week is really my first proper weeks training in months. I’ve entered Ironman Lanzarote in May which is 37 weeks away.

The next couple of months is just about rebuilding some basic fitness and strength so that when I get to January I’ll be in good enough shape to handle the harder sessions in the last twenty weeks.

So to get caught up. Since April I have swam a grand total of twice.

I know, I know. Read More

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Robs Blog: Two Pack

65kg.

Jesus I haven’t seen that number for a long time.

Maybe the scales is wonky. I step off, pick it up, shake it (you will note that I have technical proficiency in spades) switch it off and back on, give it another shake just in case the first one wasn’t quite enough and place it carefully back on the floor making sure that it’s level and reset correctly.

Ok it says 0.00 before I step up. There it is again 65. Holy shit the last time I was this light I was running like….I can’t think of any funny simile so let’s just say I was running well. Really well. I was also biking well uphill but not so good on the flat.

The problem with the number this time is that it’s not as a result of a savage training and strict nutritional regime. It’s mostly the result of having a stomach bug that’s dragged on for a couple of weeks.

Still, I look down at my stomach and think that if I squint just a little bit I can see one or two bits of a six pack starting to peep through. Or maybe that’s just a couple of wrinkles…If only I’d actually done all of those crunches and planks I’d planned on…

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Ironman & 70.3 Specific Turbo Classes Feb-March 2018 at Wheelworx

Due to athlete demand we have added a second Ironman / 70.3 Turbo/brick class on Saturday mornings. We now have a two hour Ironman specific option available as well as the four hour class.

If you’re training for Ironman or 70.3 this year this session is made for you with Ironman specific intervals and technique work.

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Robs Blog: Chasing Kona. Week Two: “Cool”

I woke early and had some work to do before heading to the pool. I had intended on doing an hour  or so but when I started swimming I was really tired. Right from the first length I was arguing with myself that I needed an easy day. I added up my training hours so far this week in my head and thought I had about sixteen hours so far and I told myself that with two more big days over the weekend I’d still get close to thirty hours done.

The arguments went back and forth in my head as I slowly clocked off the laps. I eventually decided that if I did 1500 meters I could call that a reasonable swim, anything less would be embarrassing.

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Ironman & 70.3 Specific Turbo Class Feb-March 2018 at Wheelworx

“You should start an Ironman specific turbo class on a Saturday morning in the new training room in the shop on a Saturday morning” Ais suggested.
“That sounds like a good idea” I answered “How long of a session have you in mind?”
“Four hours” Ais answered.
“Jaysus” I thought that’s a bit epic.

If you’re training for Ironman or 70.3 this year this session is made for you with Ironman specific intervals and technique work. We might even take a short coffee break at the two hour point to give your backside a break. Click through for all the details Read More

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Learn to race not just to train 

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned for Ironman is that your training should teach you how to race, not just make you fitter. To this end a lot of our training sessions are designed to not just improve fitness but also to teach you an aspect of Ironman racing. Be it pacing, nutrition, how to deal with fatigue, self control or some other part of racing.

The problem with either “racing” or just completing Ironman is that most of us only get to do it once a year and some don’t even get to do it that often. So how do you learn how to race a distance that is probably twice as long as you go in training and that maybe you only get to do a couple of times in your life?

In our own training and in our coaching we focus on the main areas that people struggle with in racing and try to design sessions to mimic what you will encounter on race day. Of course there are parts of Ironman that you will only experience on race day and will find impossible to replicate in training without frying yourself.

So what are the most important lessons to learn for Ironman racing?

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