“This has been a successful month on the training front!
Finally I’m gaining more confidence in the pool. Swimming a kilometre is comfortable using breaststroke, but my breathing is all off when it comes to crawl. I just panic and end up gasping and floundering.
It’s a slight nightmare, but at least I know the cause – learn to love the water, not fear it, and if all else fails at least there are lifeguards!
So moving forward, throughout April I will reduce the distance covered but, focus all my efforts on breathing.
This month I backed off cycling. The main reason is that I know I have the ability to cycle for 2-3 hours at a decent speed. Currently other areas such as my swim and overall strength need work.
That said I still completed a couple of short 25km fast cycles to challenge my speed, as well as covering 48km in 1h 45m, which I was pleased with.
The die-hard fitness fanatic in me took up a challenge at the start of March to kick-start my motivation after injury.
Barry’s Bootcamp London offer what is known as ‘Hell Week’ in any month where there are five Mondays.
It comprises of seven HIT classes in seven days. It might sound a tad crazy to some, but it was what I needed to get my mojo back.
Covering over 30km at sprint interval speeds and burning 7000+ kcals over the week I felt myself again and ready to attack this month’s training.
My running total this month was over 110km. My long runs were steady and enjoyable again with no niggles from my calf, and the insole adjustments by the Profeet Run Labwere working perfectly.
The key change is that I have stepped up my strength training. I am totally aware this IronMan event will require my muscles to be stronger and more efficient than ever.
All sessions have been varied from rowing session to endurance lifting. As I write this I’m two days away from Reading Half and am feeling optimistic.
I won’t state a time I want, but as it will only be my 2nd ever half, let say sub 1:55!