Normal service is resumed, mostly, with a return to normal training volume albeit at a slightly easier intensity. The dog is even contributing to the training now (as opposed to killing me with the allergy) as we are doing some evening runs with him meaning I’m getting some good double run days added in as a bonus.
The allergy to the dog seems to be under control and I managed to achieve the first aim for the week just to get back training in any way shape or form. I wasn’t concerned with intervals, quality or anything else. I just wanted to get a week of solid, consistent hours again. I’ll worry about adding in the quality of strength work or intervals, I just wanted to get back to basics. It really felt like going back to base training again, I felt unfit and like I’ve lost all the work I’ve done. The nervous insecure part of the athlete in me has been worrying about not just losing training time but losing the fitness I’ve built so far. The logical part of me knows that it won’t happen but the irrational fear gnaws at my stomach whenever I let it. I don’t know if it’s just me or if all athletes have the same sort of fears? I’ll probably feel the complete opposite in a couple of weeks as my confidence grows as the training starts to build again.
Swimming is the one of the three sports that most people struggle with. I remember reading a funny quote about it years ago along the lines of if you stop pedalling you coast, you stop running you walk but with swimming if you stop moving you drown. Slightly more catastrophic.
Learning to swim as an adult is difficult and rarely if ever does an adult learner ever become as good as someone who grew up as a swimmer. It’s just not possible to put in the hours required with all of the distractions of adult life, work, family and if you throw Ironman or even just triathlon into the mix you now have two other sports to train for as well.
The last few days of the month saw the first half way decent return to training in over three weeks. I still don’t feel great, but to be honest I’m just very relieved to be back training again. The prospect of moving into a shed to get away from the dog was looming large for the last week but it looks like I’ll get away with it at this stage.
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.
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.
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.