I woke early and had some work to do before heading to the pool. I had intended on doing an hour  or so but when I started swimming I was really tired. Right from the first length I was arguing with myself that I needed an easy day. I added up my training hours so far this week in my head and thought I had about sixteen hours so far and I told myself that with two more big days over the weekend I’d still get close to thirty hours done.

The arguments went back and forth in my head as I slowly clocked off the laps. I eventually decided that if I did 1500 meters I could call that a reasonable swim, anything less would be embarrassing.

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I could also go out for a coffee ride later in the day to at least make it look like I was training. I could then spend the rest of the day horizontal soaking up the January Lanzarote sunshine and working on fixing the cyclist tan I’d picked up over the first few days. I also told myself that I’d get some writing done in the afternoon and then I wouldn’t feel like I was being a complete slacker.

The name was Aisling's idea. Rottweiler, Husky cross was shortened to Rotski. The name stuck so they are now either collectively "The Rotski's" or Boy Rotski and Girl Rotski

The name was Aisling’s idea. Rottweiler, Husky cross was shortened to Rotski. The name stuck so they are now either collectively “The Rotski’s” or Boy Rotski and Girl Rotski

Ais texted me after I’d had breakfast to see how I was getting on. We normally do training camps together but we’ve been fostering some puppies and currently have 11 dogs in the house so she was at home with the pups.

The Chubbsters

The Chubbsters got their collective name due to how quickly they grew. They have more than quadrupled in size over the first three weeks and are still chubbing up nicely.

Anyway the text conversation went like this (I’ve edited some of it for suitable content. You don’t need to be reading all the fluffy stuff.

 

The only part of this conversation to take note of is the last answer from Ais.

“Cool”

It doesn’t say “That’s ok Lovely Bob you worked hard and deserve a day off”

It also doesn’t come right out and say “Suck it up Cummins”

But I knew that’s exactly what Ais was thinking. I’m guessing she wanted me to figure it out and make the decision myself.

I sat there looking from the coffee to my computer and then I looked longingly over at the sun lounger. I then opened the text messages and looked at that single word “Cool” I thought back to the conversation I’d had with Ais on Tuesday the day I’d arrived.

“Make the most of every day Robbo, don’t waste the opportunity. Don’t waste the access to the pool and the sunshine. Swim every morning, bike every day and get a long run done, will you manage a three hour run?”

“Yep” I answered before I had the chance to think about it too much or make any excuses. Ais isn’t impressed with excuses. Not even “I did six or seven hours training yesterday so I’m tired” excuses.

“Don’t fry yourself with any one session and if you’re feeling ok at the end of each day do a fifteen to twenty minute very easy recovery swim before dinner”

Remembering that conversation one sentence kept going through my head “Don’t waste it”

I looked back at the lounger. It was fucking calling my name I swear “You look tired Rob, just lie down for a while” I begrudgingly admitted that I hadn’t come here to lie in the sun. Certainly not at the cost of training sessions. And if I was honest I’ve trained more tired than I am now. I finished the coffee, got up and went back to the room, got changed into run kit and headed out the door before I had a chance to change my mind.

As I expected I didn’t feel half as bad as I’d thought. I was sluggish at the start and the run never really got very fast, but I dragged my arse through a three hours as instructed. This being Lanzarote it wasn’t flat either. I went straight up into the hills and clocked up over 450 meters of climbing and descent.

By the time I finished I felt like a real legend in my own underpants, which as it happens was pretty much all I wore for the run. Well not underpants, split shorts but you know what I mean, right? I also managed to work out some of the cyclist tan lines I’d developed. I stripped off and ran without the singlet as soon as I got out onto the trails and didn’t have anyone to scare too badly with my pale Irish bod.

Ais laughed her ass off later that evening when I told her I did the run. She asked if she’d guilted me into it. I sheepishly admitted she had.

“Cool”

Anyway here’s how the rest of the week went.


Monday 8th 1:10 (1)

  • Swim 1:10 2700m
  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 8/10
  • Sleep 8 hours

Tuesday 9th 3:00 (2)

  • Bike 2:30 58k
  • Swim :30 1500m
  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 8/10
  • Sleep 5 hours. Good

Wednesday 10th 5:50 (4)

  • Swim 1:05 3200m
  • Bike 4:05 103k
  • Run :30 6k
  • Swim :10 500m
  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 9/10
  • Sleep 10 hours. Good

Thursday 11th 6:40 (4)

  • Swim 1:00 3300m
  • Bike 4:40 107k
  • Run :40 8k
  • Swim :20 1000m

Friday 3:35 (2)

  • Swim :35 1500m
  • Run 3:00 32k hills/trail

Saturday 4:25 (3)

  • Run 1:00 11k easy/hills
  • Bike 3:05 74k
  • Swim :20 1000m

Sunday 6:45 (3)

  • Swim 1:00 3100m
  • Bike 5:15 119k
  • Run :30 6k

 

  • Total weekly hours / sessions 31:30 (19)
  • Swim 6:10 17800m (9)
  • Bike 19:40 461k (5)
  • Run 5:40 63k (5)

If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.

 

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It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.