Month: March 2016

Half Ironman training – Week 6

After a slow start, swim coaching Monday night and travelled to Dorking for work on Tuesday. The week turned out pretty good. Having Friday off really helped!

The main highlight of the week was a trip to the Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday. It was awesome!!

We managed to book a 2 hour slot for the club, including a coach. The whole experience was fantastic. Such a rush. It was so much fun you didn’t really notice how much of a workout it was. My legs were a bit sore on Sunday.

Managed to complete all of the training from week 4 of my training plan. Roll on week 5!




Half Ironman training – Week 5

Deja Vu, life moves on and time is a healer.

Determined to get back into training this week. Decided after missing almost all my training last week to repeat week 4.

However a tough work schedule and a planned trip to my sisters did make it a little tricky. I am pleased to say that apart from one swim session I was successful! Boxes in green (see above) are training sessions I completed.

The swimming this week was tough, felt like I was in treacle. Will try not to go so long without swimming again.

On the train to my sisters I re-read my training book again and realised that I need to take my training a little bit more seriously. The zone 2 training is there for a reason, so next week am going to work on that. I might even do week 4 again, as this week is another busy one work wise.

Apart from training this week has been awesome from a coaching point of view. The run coaching I am doing at work is really going well and getting great feedback. Also had a great transition session with the club that seemed to go well. Good times.

This weeks totals


  1. Swim – 1.30 hours
  2. Bike – 1:45 hours
  3. Run – 1:45 hours
  4. Total time – 5:00 hours

My actuals for the week were

  1. Swim – 0:45 hours
  2. Bike –1:54 hours
  3. Run – 1:57 hours
  4. Total time – 4:37

Half Ironman Training – Week 4 dedicated to M.C

I seem to say this every week, sorry! Really what a week though.

It started off a normal week, swim coaching Monday night. A really good turbo session on Tuesday, then I merrily walked to the swimming pool. Only to get there are realise I had forgotten my goggles. Normally I would had just gone back and collected them. However it was a 20 min walk each way and swimming finished in 1 hour.

So I headed to reception and luckily they had one pair in the lost and found box. Got changed and into the pool and the goggles were no good. They leaked.

After doing only 150m I got out and just decided to chill in the sauna, it had been a stressful day anyway and I could swim later in the week. Not 100% sure when but just later.

Got into the sauna and a mum and her daughter came in. The mum seemed to think I looked like a swim, she must have missed me failing around for the past few lengths! Anyway she was asking me how her daughter could pass her swim PE exam.

I watched her do a few lengths, gave the girl a couple pieces of feedback, she went again and looked great. Good deed of the day done, was feeling happy!

Wednesday wasn’t such a good day, woke up with a cold. Boo!!! No running for me tonight.

Thursday still full of cold, no training for me. It’s where the week turned really terrible though. Don’t want to go into the details. It was just a very, very sad and emotional evening. Please remember the important things in life are friends and family.

Yes training is important and being ill is annoying. However turn it into a positive. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages and catch up with them, spend time with your family.  You never know when you might get the chance again. Don’t take them for granted.

Friday & Saturday – No training, still ill and down

Sunday – I managed to complete the Broadland half marathon. So pleased, even got a PB. 2:06:26. 3 minute faster than Las Vegas. Chuffed.

Anyway this weeks plan was

  1. Swim – 1.45 hours
  2. Bike – 1:45 hours
  3. Run – 1:45 hours
  4. Total time – 5:00 hours

My actuals for the week were

  1. Swim – 0:05 hours
  2. Bike –0:34 hours
  3. Run – 2:06 hours
  4. Total time – 2:45






Half Ironman Training – Week 3

Wow what a week. I can already hear what some of you are going put as a comment on this post (MTFU!). However I am going to carry on anyway 🙂 I have struggled big time this week with feeling in my bones tired!!

Not sure if it’s down to the training, not sleeping well or working too hard…..maybe all 3? All I know is it’s been a struggle to come home at 7pm and still train, but I have done it. Another week completed, yes!

On a positive note I managed to get to grips with my bike tech and recorded both of my turbo’s this week.

So this weeks plan was

  1. Swim – 1.45 hours
  2. Bike – 1:45 hours
  3. Run – 1:45 hours
  4. Total time – 5:00 hours

My actuals for the week were

  1. Swim – 1:32 hours
  2. Bike –2:38 hours
  3. Run – 2:17 hours
  4. Total time – 6:29

I again did one of the swim sets as pull only to rest my legs. My heart rate was higher this week, but over all did feel good training.

s well as training this week I also did the following

  1. Time commuting to work – 15 hours
  2. Time at work – 44 hours
  3. Time coaching others – 5 hours
  4. Total time – 64 hours