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.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that the best way to learn something quickly is to learn from someone who has done what you want to do or learn from someone who knows how to teach it….
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.
One of the most common misconceptions about training and in particular, eating and drinking while training is that you must eat and drink constantly before, during and after training. In my experience that’s completely wrong. Most leisure riders, runners and triathletes could do a lot better by eating less both before and during. In particular less sugar. Click through for the good stuff…
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.
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.