For those of you who do occasionally look at a calendar and are familiar with when Ironman Florida is on will have noticed that my weekly blogs are quite a bit off in terms of timing. At the time of publishing this weeks post it’s actually closer to 6 weeks to go to race day than 15.

This was done mostly on purpose so that I had a “buffer” of a couple of weeks posts as a back up in case I didn’t get to writing one week. I knew that when I got into the really big training weeks I was likely to be so tired between training and work that there would be days or even weeks where I just couldn’t write. I think whatever “writing muscle” I use is somehow also being used when I’m training because there are some days when the training load is big and I’m so tired that when I sit down to write that I just dont have any words.

There was also an element of me slotting into the Lava structure and it took me a couple of weeks to get that right. Writing to my own deadline on my own blog is all well and good but doing it for a professional outfit like Lava took a little bit of adjustment. So with that being said I have Enough of a buffer that I will now endeavour to catch up over the next few weeks so that by the time I get to Florida it should all join up correctly.

So this post is from the tail end of July. Work is fairly crazy and I’m trying to balance a 7 day work week with close to 20 hours of training. It’s a bit like learning how to juggle. So with that said lets get caught up…

Monday 24 July

Off training

  • Energy 6/10
  • Motivation 5/10
  • Work 9 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Tuesday 25 July 2:25 (1)

Bike 1:35 45k
Run :50 10k

Bike/run brick 30, 15, 30, 15, 30, 15
T/mill run with 2-3% incline at 5 min/k’s
Bike with hard big gear efforts

This is becoming one of my favourite sessions. Mentally it’s such an easy one to get your head around. I’m only ever thinking of the next 15-30 minutes despite the fact that it’s usually a 2.5-3 hour indoor session. I’m still struggling to accept that the treadmill speed is accurate as the 5 minute’s per kilometre that it said I was doing felt quite a bit faster.

  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 10/10
  • Work 2:00
  • Sleep 9 hours. Good

Wednesday 26 July 3:15 (2)

Swim 1:10 4000 3800tt wetsuit 50m NAC (1:07:10)
Bike 2:05 48k easy ride.

I quite like the 3.8k wetsuit time trial session but what’s less pleasing are the numbers that it’s giving me. I would be hoping for a low 60’s swim. Ideally 63-64 but I think that if I can break 65 minutes in Florida this time around I’ll be happy with that.

  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 10/10
  • Work 9 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Thursday 27 July 4:00 (1)

Bike 4:00 111k tt bike easy/steady ride

  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 6/10
  • Work 8 hours
  • Sleep 2-3 hours. Broken

I was supposed to swim this morning but spent the whole night awake, tossing and turning because I ate sugary rubbish all day. I’m really annoyed with myself. Eating shite cost me a nights sleep, a nights recovery and my morning swim session.

It’s not the first time this has happened lately and I’ve no one to blame but myself. Aisling commented a while ago when I complained that I was tired and maybe I should sleep in instead of doing a scheduled session that I should “tell it to the person who get’s my Kona slot”

I think this is exactly the same. It’s not just the training that’s hard. In fact the training is often the easy part because I love it. The hard part is having the discipline required to not eat shite and go to bed early and all of the other small things that all of the best athletes do every day. They are the things that will most likely make the difference in the end.

Someone pointed out recently that if you have a sweet tooth then it’s often much easier to abstain completely than to have have the self control to regulate the amount you eat once you start in on the sweet stuff.

I can usually limit what I eat when I treat myself but sometimes like this instance I just hit the “fuck it” switch and go off the rails completely.

There needs to be much less hitting of the fuck it switch if I’m to have a realistic chance of qualifying in November.

Friday 28 July 2:15 (1)

PM Bike 2:15 50k.

Steady climbing 810m ascent

  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 9/10
  • Work 10 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good, woke before 7 without alarm.

Saturday 29 July 1:40 (1)

Run 1:40 19.5k
Parkrun 19:16 3rd

  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 10/10
  • Work 7 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Sunday 30 July 4:50 (3)

Bike 4:00 111k inc 3×30 min bg on flat.
Run :35 6k (32:00) off bike
S&C :15

  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 7/10
  • Work 6 hours
  • Sleep 7.5 good

  • Total weekly hours / sessions 18:25 (10)
  • Swim 1:10 4000 (1)
  • Bike 13:55 365k (5)
  • Run 3:05 35.5k (3)
  • S&C :15 (1)
  • Work 51 hours / 7 days

Despite missing a swim I still clocked up over 18 hours of training this week. However most of that was on the bike. The run was a little down on target and with only one swim the raw overall numbers don’t actually tell the whole story.

I’ve got to try to regain some balance and swim more regularly. Floridas swim has been known to go either way. It can be calm and flat like we had last time we raced there in 2011 or it can be rough. They’ve even had one freaky year when it was so warm there was no wetsuits allowed. After last years swim disaster in Ironman Fortaleza in Brazil I reckon if it’s a rough, no wetsuit swim I might be in trouble.

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