Friday, 27 August 2010

Rest and Recovery complete

Well Ironman seems ages ago now, really 4 weeks ago.  What have I been upto, now that I have decided to concentrate on Olympic distance I have been doing some speed work and trying to stay fit and well.  I have 16 weeks till Africa Cup Triathlon in Mauritius 19th December. 

15 August British National Tri Champs  13th out of 67 (30-35 age group)
This was a last minute entry to see what speed I still had in my legs, if any, after Ironman.  The swim was where I struggled (alot of work needed)  24:31min  for the 1500m.  The bike course was potentially a fast course but it was extended due to road works and so was a 43km completing in 1:06:44  (24.01 mph).  On the 10km run I felt very heavy legs and struggled to run freely, it was a very congested run course 3 laps flat and fast with 700 athletes on the course  39:04min.  Overall I was reasonably pleased with my efforts and saw where I need effort for change form endurance to speed. 

Come back down to earth and reality, I need to sit down and sort out my weekly day to day training to do myself justice as turning up on the start line for even just the lowest profile race, I need to be fit and well and have put the triaining in.  I have been involved in Triathlons for the past 18yrs, I have achieved many goals and targets.
21 Aug.  Nottingham Relays
This event is always a really good training session, being able to go all out for each event and having time to recover between Swim Bike Run.  Also I really enjoy the Social side of things with club and fellow Triathletes, catching up with the old and new over the years.  Tri-Anglia (my club) managed to collate 6 teams this year which was great and I was a member with Rob, Tom and Ian.  We managed to bag 6th place in the Open Team cat.  I decided to use my road bike with no tri bars as starting to prepare for draft legal races, I am hoping to get the chance to race in some next year as preparation for ATU Races in under Seychelles.

Tri-Anglia 2 Open          03:25:04

Rob Lines         06:24    22:09    22:15
Tom Pullinger    08:29    23:48    20:59
Iain Robertson  06:47    29:17    17:08
Simon Brierley   06:52   22:13    18:38

WHAT IS NEXT.....................
12 Sept           Lowestoft Scores Race,   4.75 miles  including 409 steps
18/19 Sept      Round Norfolk Relay,      I am running Stage 11, 14.6 miles  starting at midnight
10 Oct            Marriott's Way 10km Run
17 Oct            Great Notley Duathlon,  4km/20km/4km

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