Training wise things really fall apart this week and I end up with the worst week since January. On the plus side though I make some excellent progress with sorting out the back and the nerve problems. I’m working with two of the best Physio’s I’ve found anywhere. If you’re looking for a really expert triathlon physiotherapist these guys are the business. Cillian is taking on clients and he hangs out over here. Tell him Rob sent you. Read on for the very short update on the weeks lack of training… Read More
I’ve mentioned our strength and conditioning coach John Belton of No.17 PT before in other posts. I’ve said that he’s the best S&C coach I’ve worked with and his willingness to try out new ideas is just one of the things I like about him. He’s always ready to experiment with something different. Today however I was the object on which he demonstrated his crazy new idea in sports massage. When he took out this big piece of equipment I joked that it looked like a car polisher. He answered with a smile that that’s exactly what it was.
I started to worry. Some of the stuff John has us do hurts a lot. This looked very industrial and I’m only a soft triathlete. This might not be so pleasant.
Ais was on the ball and caught it on video. It was a very interesting experience. Click through if you don’t mind watching a half naked skinny triathlete getting whacked with a piece of automotive mechanical equipment.
I’m still struggling with the training and extremely low energy levels. We are fairly certain that I’m allergic to the dog and if it comes down to a him or me I’m not too sure which way that vote will go… Read on for the week in training, such as it was.
Things start to unravel at the start of the week forcing a change of plan. Trying to balance the training, work and life can sometimes prove a bit tricky.
February went really well and my motivation to train is high. I’m starting to see some physical adaptations in all three sports but probably most pronounced in the swim. The other good development is that my back is getting better. For the last couple of months I’d been lazy about doing my prescribed strength and conditioning and as a result where I’d had surgery my back had gotten gradually weaker and, particularly first thing in the morning I would be in pain and unable to bend over. I’ve been a bit more diligent about getting the work done and I’m starting to see the benefits. Probably the most critical aspect of the process isn’t getting fit enough to race and qualify but to get the weakest link in the chain (my back) strong enough that it will support the training and racing load. It’s rarely a lack of fitness that is the limiting factor for Ironman. Often it’s the fact that our weakest area will start to break down. If my back goes during either training or racing then it’s game over, therefore it, not fitness is my limiting factor at the moment. The volume and load of training will show up every weakness over the next few months. It will be very important to be proactive and address them before they become injuries. Anyway let’s move onto the weeks training.
February was a good consistent training month. In fact training hours wise it turned out to be the biggest February I’ve ever had just beating 2013’s hours, my previous biggest although this month it was helped by a solid training camp in Lanzarote.
The first two weeks of February saw me build in the training routine. I find it’s the best way to start. For the first month or so just the physical load of extra sessions and the stress of fitting them into your life provides enough to deal with. After about four weeks we start to flesh out the individual sessions to add in volume, always concious that it’s 8 months to go to Ironman Mallorca and starting too fast is likely to backfire.
Swim volume: An experiment. How I took a minute off my 1000 meter time trial in 2 weeks.
January has seen my first proper return to Ironman training in almost 2.5 years and with a big goal I’m really motivated, the hard job at this stage with almost 8 months to go to race day is to not get carried away and do too much too early. I am slowly getting back into the routine of regular sessions and training. For years now I have kept a training diary for my own reference. It’s useful to look back on patterns over weeks, months and years. It’s often impossible to see the big picture when you are living the details every day, a diary shows a bigger perspective on things over a longer period of time. After seeing Alan Ryan’s idea to post every session he does along the way in his attempt to not only qualify for Kona but to win his age group there I was fascinated and have been stalking his training log page with great interest for the last two months. I am shamelessly going to copy his idea (the training log one, not winning the age group in Kona) and along with regular blog updates on my progress I will post my own training diary here hopefully on a weekly basis. I will post it in a separate category which can be found at the top of the site here.
So with that said lets get onto the good stuff.
After yesterdays lounging around it’s back to work and although the heatings fixed in the pool it’s not quite as warm as the first couple of swims. I managed 3550m before shivering my way to the hot showers.