Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I have a new toy!

Well I finally made the big call and brought myself a new, proper fitting road bike. She's a KDNC carbon frame kitted out with Shimano Ultegra gear. Over all cost was under $2,000, which is significantly less than I had been expecting. And means that I will feel less guilty about adding a TT bike to the stable at some stage next year (maybe!)

So here she is:

Monday, June 27, 2011

June, Week 4

Last week was the last week before a cut back week, so as you would imagine I’ve been feeling a bit tired, definitely approaching the limit of how much training I can handle. I have no doubt that that amount will increase over time, but for now this is the limit.

I was out of town for work 2 days during the week, the result of this is that I missed one of my short bikes. Other than that I achieved everything that I set out to do for the week.

Swimming, twice at the pool this week, for 2500m total in 58 minutes.
Biking, as I said I missed one of my short bikes, so I had 1 interval session and 1 long (zone 2/3) ride on the trainer for a total of 59km in 2 hours 22 minutes.
Running, all good this week, 2 x 10km midweek runs and a long, 18km run on Sunday for a total of 38km in 3 hours 47 minutes. No speed work this week however, as I was starting to feel a bit tired…

As I said above, this week is a cutback week. I haven’t decided exactly how it will take shape, but one thing I want to focus on is increasing the amount of time I spend on the bike relative to running/swimming, I’m quite happy with the amount of running and swimming I’m doing, but know that I’m not doing enough on the bike. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

June, Week 3

Another good, consistent week of training this week.

Running wise, almost exactly the same as last week, 3 runs, 35km in 3 hours 23 minutes.
Biking, slightly less than last week, 3 times on the trainer again, but only making  1 and 1/4 hours for my long ride, instead of the 1 and 1/2 I was supposed to do.
Swimming was an improvement, made it to the pool twice, for 2500m in just under an hour.

This week is supposed to be a peak before a rest week to start end the month with. To do that my long run is planned to stretch out to 18km, an my long ride to at least 90 - 100 minutes, the rest of the week is going to stay the same as the last 2 weeks.

Monday, June 13, 2011

June, Week 2

Things went fairly well this week, I completed pretty much everything I planned to do.

Running was the same as last week, 3 runs, 1 easy, 1 tempo and 1 long. Once again I set a new 10km PB on my tempo run. Total for the week was 35km in 2 hours 53 minutes
Biking was better this week, on the bike 3 times. All my workouts were inside on the trainer, so the distances don’t mean that much. But I did 2 Interval workouts, 1 30min, 1 50min and a long, steady ride on the weekend of 90 minutes.
Swimming? Only one swim this week. Did the same 1250m pyramid workout that I’ve been doing recently, in 29:30 this time.

For next week there is a nice simple goal I want to match what this weeks numbers. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Goodbye May

I had a reasonably good week to finish off May, without being fantastic. As I said previously I was going to be having an enforced break due to being out of town on business during the week. Well work didn't go quite as planned so I was gone longer than expected which put a bigger dent in my training.

This week only one bike, on Monday inside on the trainer. The news here is that I've brought some spinerval DVD's, to try and give me some direction when using the trainer. So Monday was my first spinerval experience and I think its going to work well.

2 swims, both 1250m pyramid workouts, nothing exciting to report here.

And running, only 3 times this week, all at once tho, 10k Thursday and Friday and 15 on Sunday. It made for a long few days, and some tired legs by the end of the weekend. The good thing here is that, when doing a tempo run on Thursday, I set a new PB for 10km.

And finally, my training log graph for the month... Somewhat dominated by the Northern Crossing.