Monday, December 20, 2010

Not Alot Going On

The title of this post pretty much says it all. I'm not really training much at the moment. Down to 2-3 runs a week. Reasonable length runs tho, 10km's most of the time. And I'm hoping to add some cycles, and strength workouts to the mix soon too. But really I'm just enjoying having a bit of a quiet time before I start training proper in the new year. Because next year is going to be quite intense. I want to lift myself to a new level, and by the end of the year I will be able to call myself an endurance athlete, as opposed to a fat guy who runs, as I am now.

But there will be more about that in the new year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

So what now?

Its been interesting times since Taupo. For the first time since May, I haven't got an event on the horizon to train for. I've been away from home for work for most of the time since the weekend of Taupo, so its been very easy not to do any training. I've only run 20km since the Kerikeri half marathon, which is nothing really. And haven't touched the bike since I got home a week ago.

The next big event I'm targeting is going to be the 2011 Northern Crossing Duathalon, which isn't until May. No doubt I'll do some more events between now and then (The guys I did Taupo with are already talking about going down and having a go at the round taranaki cycle challenge at the end of January). But my main goal, for the next 3-4 months is to build up a huge base level of fitness, in preparation for targeted events in the 2nd half of 2011. Specifically what I want to do, on a weekly basis is:
  • Short runs (5km) in the mornings (before work) 5 days a week.
  • 3x medium - long runs a week. (approx 2 x 10km during the week, 1 x 15k ish on the weekend)
  • 3x cycles (2 x medium length during the week, approx 1 hour, 1 x long on the weekend, 2 - 4 hours)
This would end up with me running around 60km/week and cycling for 80 - 120 km/week which is a big step up from where I am at the moment, so will take some time to get to. But if I'm able to get to that then I will be at a level I should be happy with.