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Monday, 29 March 2010

Now then

Another week begins. And something very different this week. I am now officially a student again and I even qualify for a Student Union card at the ripe old age of 30something!
In 10 weeks' time I will no longer be a student however, but a fully qualified Personal Trainer! Exciting times ahead! And it feels great to be learning again and using the old noggin which had been lying dormant for the best part of the last 4 years!
I won't bore anyone with the details but there will be plenty of updates on the site and there might well be a lot more links on here to info about the world of Personal Training and fitness.

So training will have to be scaled down slightly over the next 10 weeks, but I will still be able to get in plenty of biking, probably have to drop one swim session and cut one short. The running will be impacted the most, so I'll sit down with boss man Harry and work out a plan. Aftet the 10 week course, that still leaves me with 7 weeks before Quelle Challenge Roth, so if I can stay injury free and at fighting weight then I still have a chance of doing well and posting a decent time.

As for the last 10 days, I've got in some quality and after an enforced rest, feel much better. I even won my first race, albeit a Poole Wheelers Club TT, 28 mile event on a tough course with a cold headwind for a large part of it. 1hr 8 mins and 59 seconds saw me ride solid and finish strong. I cycled hom afterwards and got 20 minutes quality running in, and finished off a very good week.

Friday, 19 March 2010

End of an Era

Today is a happy day. It is my last working day in my present job! And what a relief. When I get more time to write I will post up what the future holds for Mr. Birtwistle.
I am back to training afgter a few days' break, and feels good. Looking forward to a good weekind, nothing massive, but a steady 3 hours ride with short run off and a 2 hour run on Sunday.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

training books

Two new books I have purchased recently. Both excellent. Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald and Getting Lean for Peak Performance by the same author. I ordered them from Amazon but you can get them anywhere I suppose! Time for me to shift a bit of weight once the weather improves. No harm carrying a bit extra while it's still a bitterly cold north wind blowing in. Damn those Scandanavians!!

March Update

I cannot believe it's 2 weeks since I last wrote anything. Where on earth time goes, no idea!
So what have I been doing then?
Answer, not a lot, but quite a lot. I dunno really, as far as training is concerned just cracking on with it, although to be honest I have not been feeling 100%, stuffiness and sniffles just lingering, but not enough to stop me, but then again just there enough to stop me pushing on like I would.
So since last post, 2nd place in 27km time trial, rode in 41' 44". Horrible headwind on the last 7k. Lost a lot of time there, and mentally switched off, not ideal, but another good test and something for me to learn from. I rode the course a second time after the ifrst effort, and despite riding at a lower intensity I found myself conentrating more and rode 44' 05". I was obviously more relaxed, I also knew the course, and the wet road had dried a little, and there was no horse to hold me up! I then pedalled the 8 miles home in the cold wind to don running shoes and do 45 minutes. I walked after 25 minutes, the cold really got into me and I sarted to cramp. Played it safe and jogged/walked the last 15 minutes home. No need to push on, the hard effort had been done and I had got out of the session what I needed, so all positive. There then followed an easy week, which didn't feel that easy, 4 swim sessions, 2 runs, a rollers sessions and a solid turbo, followed by a weekend of 100 mile ride in 5 hours 11 minutes, and a 2 hour run. This week has been 2 swims and an interval run sesssion. And as I write I should be on the turbo, but my body is telling me to rest.
My mind has also been tested for the last 3 weeks, as a bit of fatigue hs taken hold and thoughts of 'why am I doing this?!' have been racing round the brain! But some good sleep this week has got me feeling somewhat better, but just need a bit of a rest I think.
So the lesson learned so far this year - quality not quantity.
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