January is done. I’m counting the weeks that are left of winter and in Ireland it could be anything from six to sixteen. I’ve ridden in March in short sleeves in the past and had snowy rides in May.
The optimistic side of me is thinking that there’s maybe only six weeks left before things get nicer for riding outdoors, but the realist knows that even if we get some mild weather in March that April is usually a wet month.
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And absolutely anything can happen in May.
I’m regularly distracted by the thoughts that maybe I could swing a week cycling somewhere warm before winter ends.
Mallorca has some great roads and the weather is good in late March or early April. I’ve trained there a couple of times before and love how fast the roads are and that I can swim in the sea in March without needing to be greased up with lard to try and stay warm.
Do they even still do that?
Anyway, back to the here and now. I haven’t updated the blog for a while, I’ve started writing a couple of times and just sort of ran out of steam. I think that writing, training and running the business all draw from the same pool of mental energy and for the last month training and work have been drawing very heavily on it and I just haven’t had the mental bandwidth to write. So this will be a short update.
The month has gone really well training wise. I hit about 85 hours of total training with both the bike and swim volumes being very good. The run has been somewhat neglected but not catastrophically so.
I spent just over a week in Lanza at the start of the month and I clocked up close to 1200km on the bike and had a decent swim week too. I won’t tell you the run mileage as it’s rather embarrassing. If you want to check it out you can see all of my sessions on Strava over here
I’m racing Ironman Lanzarote in May so I wanted to ride the course and get a feel for it. It’s probably the best week I’ve had on the bike in five years and I got stronger the more miles I clocked.
I’m swimming pretty well too. I’ve had a couple of days recently where I just went much faster than I expected. At the moment those days are the exception as opposed to the rule, mostly because I’m pretty tired right now. I hope that once I come off a good rest week and the fatigue lifts a bit that I’ll start to see more improvement and consistency in the times.
And then there’s the run. I was very lazy with running in Lanza. I always default back to the bike when the sun is shining. Always. Lazy little shit.
I have been out on a couple of group runs recently and got dropped on one. I could make excuses, I had a big bike week, my legs were tired but I really just haven’t been running enough. Sometimes getting dropped is motivation enough to train harder. Sometimes it isn’t.
Overall I’m starting to feel fit. Much more than I usually am at this time of year, but given that I’m racing two months earlier than I normally do that’s pretty much par for the course.
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