Looking down the barrel of a year filled with promise and potential I can’t help but wonder how we view a single day, a number as having such power. I don’t know quite why, when the calendar switches over from the 31st of December each year to the 1st of January we en-mass suddenly see our future as holding some promise that it didn’t have before.

Losing weight, getting faster, being happier, why do we believe in these possibilities because of an arbitrary number?

I’m no more immune to the allure of breaking old barriers and achieving something life changing regardless of how big or small and I have a slowly building excitement as we set some of the years targets and goals.

The first one will be the Boston marathon in April, both myself and Ais are running it and I’m just looking forward to feeling like a proper runner again for a while. I’d like to get my running to a level that will allow me then build towards a summer or autumn Ironman but I’ll wait to see how the body handles the return to training first before hitting enter for a race I mightn’t be ready for.


Sunday 1 2:25 (1)

Bike 2:25 63k Z1/Z2 ride

I rode this morning with big Dave who at 6’6 makes all 6’2 of Cillian look small and with me scraping in just under 6′ look I look like the runt of the litter. The roads were empty as the country woke up with a hangover after the New Years celebrations and we were alone to enjoy the cold winter sunshine.

Focused on changing my position on the bike after my initial fit with Ivan. Trying to drop the heel, tilt pelvis and engage the glutes. The changes certainly engaged the glutes as they were sore and tender afterwards. I think the conclusions we came to regarding the fit and the problems I was having as a result seem to have been correct.
Energy 7/10

Motivation 7/10

Work —

Sleep 9+ hours good
Monday 2 1:25 (1)

Run 1:25 13k

Very easy Z1/Z2 run to clear the legs after the weekend. The glutes were still sore, not 100% sure if it was the half marathon or the new position on the bike that did it. Either way it’s good that I’m getting them switched on and working again.

Energy 7/10

Motivation 8/10

Work off

Sleep 9+ good
Tuesday 3 :50 (1)

Run :50 8k easy run Z1-Z2
Energy 8/10

Motivation 8/10

Work off

Sleep 8 hours good
Wednesday 4

Off

I had planned on getting on the bike for a couple of hours but the day just sort of got away from me. Because I’m still only sort of ticking over and not in full training mode I’m not killing my self to train every day and I’m enjoying the luxury of lie in’s and days off (and eating way too much junk)
Energy 8/10

Motivation 8/10

Work 7 hours

Sleep 8+ hours good
Thursday 5 2:05 (1)

Run 2:05 21k
Energy 9/10

Motivation 9/10

Work 7 hours

Sleep 9+ hours good

After six weeks of really low energy and motivation levels since my last Ironman they are finally returning to normal. I’m starting to get the itch to train again. It’s right around now that Ais tends to reign me in as I feel the urgency to get started again.
Friday 6 1:25 (1)

Run 1:25 14k

All easy Z1/Z2
Energy 7/10

Motivation 8/10

Work 10 hours

Sleep 7 hours poor
Saturday 7 2:30 (2)

Run :25 4.5k

Bike 2:05 51k ins 3×8 min bg hill repeats

Slade valley climb 8:10-8:20/repeat

Energy 6/10

Motivation 6/10

Work 6 hrs

Sleep 8 hours good
Sunday 8 2:20 (1)

Run 2:20 24k easy mostly Z2 run in the park.
Energy 7/10

Motivation 9/10

Work 6 hours

Sleep 8+ hours
Total weekly hours /sessions 10:35 (7)

Swim —

Bike 2:05 51k (1)

Run 8:30 84k (6)

S&C —
Monthly Accumulated hours /sessions 13:00 (8)

Swim —

Bike 4:30 114k (2)

Run 8:30 84k (6)

S&C —
So that’s the end of my first week back training. With the start of the new year and the start of January traditionally being when I start back into proper training there’s a building sense of urgency to start a structured plan.

Ais still thinks I’m not fully recovered (I agree but don’t think I’d have the self control to wait another couple of weeks if she didn’t have me on a tight leash) I’m hoping that with another easy week or two that I’m fully ready to start some of the harder sessions.

Rob