It's been a funny week. In some ways it's been very normal (missed swim sessions etc) but in others not. I sold my ute (sad!) and we found out that the cat that comes into our house from over the road is missing, presumed dead, presumed torn apart and eaten by the dogs next door but that's just a rumour ... Jo also booked a return flight for herself to the UK next year. Word is that she's bringing me back a Tri-bike ... but that's just another rumour.
I ran my standard 'hilly' 10k and the calf felt great. I was able to push the pace a bit and not feel like that I was doing damage. I like my home made orthotics and the fact that I know the camber has such an effect on my calf. At one point I ran with the camber the wrong way and I definitely felt the pull on the muscle. I obviously have a weakness there but if I can (for the moment) treat the symptoms for this race, I can dig deeper for the cause later on.
The run was one of my fastest on that course which is good in that I'm getting back the running form that I had for Karapiro last year BUT it also means that I'm not getting my full hour session done. I'm going to run my sessions to time next week rather than distance.
I was supposed to swim Monday but shock horror I missed the session. I've got excuses as long as my arm but who cares. I vowed to get the swim done Tuesday.
I swam! I did 20 x 50m with 30 seconds rest. I was able to do the 50's between 45 and 55 seconds (from what I can remember). I actually used the pool clock for the first time so have no real record of what went on.
Tuesday night was my normal windtrainer 'interval' session using Spinervals. I think these sessions are really helping my riding. I'm definitely going to make them a constant in my training.
For some reason most of the kid's school activities seem to fall on a Wednesday. This week was Laura's Social Dance night. I honestly did try to get my bike session in but it wasn't to be. I had been dreading this night for a long time. I don't do dancing and with Adam it was easy to get out of as he could drag his mum out of the audience. I knew this year it would be my turn. Gulp!
Laura came down with a cold/flu/lurgy on Monday. Yes, there is a G@d! All she had to do was take the week off and everyone would be happy. By Tuesday night she thought she'd be OK to go in Wednesday ... just to spite me I think. I told her that if she went back too early she would make it worse and her immune system was at it's weakest at this point and it would probably be better off to stay off blah, blah, blah ... She said she felt OK. Damn it!
So she went in to school and we all went off to the dance in the evening. I have to say that I find the whole evening quite 'sad'. It just seems wrong to me for young kids to be dancing the waltz and cha-cha to Jeniffer Lopez songs. I danced a couple of times and although I had absolutely no concept of where my feet were or should have been at any instance in time I quite enjoyed it. It was definitely an honour to dance with my beautiful daughter.
I don't think I'll make such an effort with dressing up next year. Maybe go a bit more casual ;)
The worst part of the night was getting from our 'seats' in the bleachers to the dance floor. There was absolutely no headroom and I bashed (and cut) my head on the light fitting. Didn't hurt quite as much as running into trees but ...
Thursday morning and Laura is a snotty, sniffling wreck. Jo kept her off for the rest of the week. I was not happy!
Thursday was my long run into town. I decided to abandon the run:walk strategy and go for a continuous run. It worked out really well and I was able to complete it with a 6:07/k pace. My calf felt great and as long as I kept to the correct side of the road it gave me no pain. Loving running at the moment!
I actually got in the pool again on Friday. I upped the distance to 100m and did 10 sets. I was able to get them around the 1:45 - 1:50 mark but did a few very easily (just to see) in exactly 2 minutes. Plan is to do some 150 and 200m sets next week. I actually might have a swim focus for the week. I have the opportunity to swim most days if I have the motivation. I'm off work the following two weeks so swimming will be with the kids, if at all. They always want to go swimming so I'll probably get more sessions in than normal.
New Zealand has been hit by a huge storm over the weekend. I think Tauranga got off very lightly and I don't think it was much worse than recent 'bad weather' but when I got up Saturday morning at 5:30am it was lashing down and blowing a merry gale. I decided to can the outdoor ride and go back to the comfort of the windtrainer. "Wimp!", I hear you cry but it didn't seem worth taking the risk of the 100km/hr+ winds.
I had a good 2 hour 20 session doing the Spinevals DVD but just with a bit less intensity. I dialed down the resistance to 2/5 and tried not to go too mad but the music and Coach Troy got the better of me and I crept into the 150's a few times.
I did a short run off the bike and it felt great on the way out ... basically because the 100km/hr winds were blowing me along. Different story when I turned for home and ran into the storm. Still had a great run and completed 5k in 27:32. The best thing for me at the moment is that I'm not feeling sick/bloated/dead when I start the brick runs. Almost feels easier than starting a stand alone run at night. Maybe I should warm up on the bike before every run.
At the end of next week it will be 12 weeks to the race. The plan I'm following calls what I'm doing now as General Prep but as of 12 weeks out from the race it becomes Race Prep and the sessions become longer. I'm going to treat next week as a sort of rest week before the 12 week countdown begins. Although I'm going to swim more (yeah right), I'll just do an hour long run mid-week and a 2 hour Saturday bike. This will give me a bit of a rest before the hard work of Race Prep where the initial target will be 10 hours!
I'm planning on a big bike ride on the 2nd October starting at 8am in Matamata (coffee - are cafes open that early in Matamata?), over the Kaimais to Tauranga (coffee and cake - maybe meet up with Jo and the kids), through the gorge to Rotorua (coffee and more cake) and back to Matamata (coffee and maybe some cake) on SH5. Anyone wanna join me?