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.
Triathlon is a sport with endless amounts of gear and gadgets and in the tri shop we sell most of them. A part of me, the businessman, want’s you to buy one of each or maybe you need two or three or four or one in every colour… The coach and triathlete in me rails against all the fluff and faff and thinks that if the new technologies cause complications and take from training time it’s better to keep it simple (aka K.I.S.S)
With that in mind here is my list of favorite kit, essentials (KISS) and not so essentials (Fluff and Faff) I’m sure I’ve missed lots of stuff but if you leave comments with your own take on your favorite kit, the stuff you couldn’t do without and the nice luxuries I’ll add them into the post.
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.
Swimming like a boss.
Ok so a very slow swimming boss but I’m still on track. The day started with a 2.9k swim. I was aiming for 3k but lost count and it was only during breakfast that I realised I was short.
We arrived in Lanzarote late Saturday evening and after building the bikes and settling into the apartment we went for dinner. The day was going to be a write off as far as training went. The good news is that our apartment is facing onto the swimming pool so it will be easy to get to.
We’ve decided on a target for the year, myself and Aisling are going to race Ironman Mallorca in September where I am hoping to chase a Kona slot. It will take me that long to get fit enough to realistically have a shot at qualifying.
In the second in a series of posts examining six of the most successful Irish Ironman athletes we look at a number of critical elements that they all possess. With over 80 combined Ironman races and 29 Kona qualifications they have cracked the Kona code and they share their secrets here.
The athletes are Matt Molloy, Alan Ryan, Owen Martin, Martin Muldoon, Declan Doyle and Bryan Mc Crystal. In actual fact all of the Kona qualifications are attributed to just five of these guys. Bryan hasn’t qualified yet despite being the fastest Irish Ironman athlete we’ve ever had. He is the current Irish Ironman record holder after breaking the existiong record twice in less than two months in 2015. Bryan races as a pro and the qualifying is different for professionals than age groupers.