Tuesday, August 28, 2007
So this week I have rides planned for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and you wouldn't believe it but the Dom Post forecast is:
Tues: Cloudy, showers this evening as southerly strengthens.
Thurs: Afternoon southerly change with showers.
Sat: Afternoon southerly change with Rain.
So I guess that its time to get used to riding in the cold and rain! Its been so long. Hmm I may have to use it as an excuse to buy new cycling gear!
All that aside I am really looking forward to the next phase of my training, my weeks will look like this over the coming weeks:
M: AM swim, Lunch/PM run
T: AM swim squad, PM cycle
W: PM long run
T: AM swim squad, PM cycle
F: Lunch run
S: AM Swim/Bike, PM run
S: AM long ride (up to 6 hours), PM yoga
Jason's training has also shifteed up a gear, he is now swimming 7 times a week up to a total of 35km. This week he has:
M: AM 3km swim
T: AM swim squad 4km
W: PM 2km swim
T: AM swim squad 3km
F: AM 3km swim
S: AM 4.5km Swim
S: AM long continuous swim: 2 hours
So we really have to work hard to schedule our week so that all 20 training sessions can be done (and so that we can get to the training sessions with just 1 car), we also need to work hard to keep our house semi tidy, make sure the groceries get bought and ensure that we get to spend some time together. The great news is our scheduled light weeks fall at the same time for this round of training- from17 - 23 September. Jason still has 6 swims and I still have 10 sessions that week but we should have a little more time :-)
Anyway that's all for now. Please all pray to the weather gods for a fine spring :-)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I started the race but didn't finish, it just wasn't my day. I had been home from work for most of Thursday and all of Friday before the race with a cold and just didn't have the physical energy or the mental focus to finish the race. Its a shame but there will be other races. So after a roaring first half of the running season, the second half really petered out for me with the injury and then being sick.
There will be some photos of the race that I will post once they become available.
There were 5 events:
- 50m relay
- 100m medley relay
- 400m enduro race
- 150m secret drill race
- Aqua run
I entered all but the aqua run and Jason entered all events (and had to swim numerous times in some of the relays as we did not have as many swimmers as the huia team).
Kilbirnie (for the first time ever) won the challenge, taking out 3 of the 5 events. The photo above (courtesy of Kendal Morgan-Marshall and Jay Marshall) shows us with the brand new trophy (in memory of Fiona Saunders-Francis who passed away the week before the challenge).
Jason is he dodgy guy loitering in the background with his towel over his head!!!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Jason saw the nutritionist last week and she said that he will probably need to put 2 - 3kg of weight on for the swim, he has till February to do this but I have started making him dessert twice a week now (lucky for some aye). His swimming is going well but he has a slight strain in his intercostal muscle, the intercostal muscles are several groups of muscles that run between the ribs, and help form and move the chest wall. He has a little trouble with breathing while swimming. It is minor though so no visits to the physio for him at this stage.
I am aiming for a sub 40 min 10km at the Wgtn champs so am just sharpening up my running, I don't know what my form is like with the injury and subsequent disruption to training but fingers crossed for that. As part of the build up there is the bays relay in wellington this weekend. The relay is a 5-lap road relay around the coast (starting at Island Bay), finishing at the Zephyrometer on Cobham Dr by Kilbirnie Park. Lap distances are 4.8k, 4.6k, 4.8k, 3.9k and 4.0k. All laps are flat, except lap 3 which has a small up and down through the Pass of Branda. Road relays are always a lot of fun, as we all follow the relay in cars. It is a great way to start the road-racing season, and the short distances will allow you to tune up your speed. I am racing in the Scottish A team and running lap 3 (yip... the one with the hill). This suits me and is the lap I would have chosen for myself as well. Looking forward to it as I really like relay events!! This will be a good indicator of my form for the 10km the following weekend as well.
We also have the Huia vs Kilbirnie swim squad challenge on Saturday night which will be fun! I am not swimming and will be timekeeping for Ali (coach) as I can't really kick very well so wouldn't contribute much to swimmign races!
Thats all for now....