Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finally, some consistency

Earlier in the year I posted a to do list, and as a part of that said that my number one goal for the year was to build a base for future racing. I've also said, many times that I need to be more consistent with my training. Well We're now a third of the way through the year, and my first of 2 'A' races has come and gone so this seems a good time to look back and evaluate things. And looking back what I've found I think that I might have finally cracked the consistent training thing.

First, we have my training duration from January to April 2011:

And we can compare that to the same period from this year:

Its pretty easy to see the difference. Not only have I been much more consistent, but the volume is up too, with all 4 months being higher than the highest month of 2011. So that's all very positive. The only negative here is that my running is significantly down on last year. That is of course due to my ongoing calf injury(ies?) And it's something that I hope to be able to increase slowly throughout the rest of the year.

The other thing on my to do list was a list of races to do, and I'm happy to say that so far in 2012, I've done 5/5. So exactly what I said I would do. I am unlikely to do everything on the list tho, as I don't think I'll be ready for a half marathon by June. So that may have to change.

So, what's next for me this year. Well I've got a plan (of sorts) which should have me nice and prepared for the Taupo Half Ironman at the end of the year. I"m also planning to invest a lot of time into heart rate training. Everything that I've read says that if you put in the time it works. Well I've got over 30 weeks until another 'A' race, so I have the time... lets see if what people say about it works. I am expecting to be quite humbled, and spend a lot of time running quite slowly... (which should also help protect my calf, added bonus!)

Essentially the immediate plan is a relatively easy month for may, before stepping things up a notch to the 40+ hour/month range for the rest of the year. Lets see how my consistency looks in a few months time...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April, Training Log

It's all about one big day, the northern crossing. Followed by a rest and recovery week.