Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Running in the mud

A few weeks ago I entered an online competition an to win entries for a few races. I was lucky enough to win entry to a trail running extravaganza up at riverhead forest. So I entered in the medium length (9km) course, and on Saturday off I went, for my first ever trail run. 

As I said in my last post, I've been developing a bit of an injury in my right calf, and that still hasn't cleared up. Which means that I haven't been doing much running recently. Down to once or twice a week... So I wasn't expecting big things. 

The race itself was an experience. The course was made up of a combination of vehicle tracks, single track motocross tracks and swamps. It began nice and easily:

but quickly turned into a long, painful climb. Actually, the climb itself wasn't too bad... no worse than the hill at the start of the northern crossing. It was the track that made it so hard, road running shoes are NOT suitable for going up or down hills on muddy, slippery single track! After the climb, the descent was not really any faster, slipping and sliding my way down the hills, there was just as much time going slow as there was on the climb only this time for control reasons. 

Once down the hill, back on the relative flat the track almost disappeared. The race became running from marker to marker through the trees and undergrowth, and over, (in some cases through) some 'water hazards' 

In the end I finished 15/20 over all on the 9km course in a time of 57 minutes, 45 seconds. I might have been slow, but I had a blast and there's every chance I'll be back for another go running in the mud...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August, week 1

Well its been a better week for me this week. Still haven't made it back to the pool... The happenings in my personal life are making it difficult to get there before work at the moment. But my running and biking are both back on track. I only did 3/4 planned bikes this week... missed a morning interval session. But I ended up with a total of 2 hours 53 minutes. And running was a complete success. 4 runs, for a total of 38km in 3 hours 49 minutes.

The bad point is that I'm showing some signs of injury in my right leg. I was tight in the calf, but that has migrated into a sore ankle / knee, at different times when running. To try to combat this I slowed my runs down until I'm feeling right again and I've taken 4 days in a row without a run. Hopefully feeling right for my first run back tonight.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Goals for August

Well I need to put something into writing to help keep me on track... I'm not aiming too high for mileage or hours this month, with my personal life I know that there's no way I'm going to get all my planned workouts in. But you've still got to aim for something. So, in no particular order, here we go:

1. Weigh under 98kg by months end. (Consistently under, not dropping temporarily under)
2. Swim: Start swimming again (it's been 4 weeks since I was in the pool) 4 times for the month
3. Bike: Minimum 10 hours for the month, target is 14 hours
4. Run: Minimum 100km for the month, target is 120km

Last month I scored 1/5, this month I'm aiming for 100% but would be happy with 2/4 I think.

Monday, August 1, 2011

July, End of the Month

Well July has now gone, and it has not been a good time.

I've had quite a shock in my personal life 2 weeks ago, hence why I've not been posting for a few weeks. I don't want to get into it in a public forum like this at this stage, but the last few weeks have been quite emotionally draining, and that's unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. So things are tough.

Training wise, the first 2 weeks of the month pretty much went to plan, not enough swimming, but pretty much on target for time working out. The 2nd 2 weeks however were not so good. Pretty much just fitting workouts in as I've been able.

So of the 5 goals I set myself for the month I've only made one. to weigh under 100kg by the end of the month. And that was close too... weighing in at 99.7kg today. But it has been under 100kg (down as low as 98) for 2 weeks.

Once again I'll come up with some goals for the month over the next few days, but this month they are going to be somewhat limited by what else is going on at the moment.

Lastly, here is the training log for the month: