Although ... this week has been big.
I got myself a coach ... and it's not Laura (or Adam) ... The third year Sports Degree students at work needed people to work with for their final year project and I applied. It's only been a week but she has highlighted things that I knew needed work (core/balance/strength) but chose to ignore so that I could swim/bike/run. I don't think I'm going to get away with that so I'm standing by for strength work ... I hate the gym :)
She did all sorts of tests and I have some more to come tomorrow morning. Can't wait.
She wants me to work on my nutrition (which I agree with) and so I am going to log all my eats on MealSnap. . I'm hoping it will keep me more accountable and help me to cut out all the cookies and cakes and chocolate. We'll see.
I'm also logging all my workouts at this Facebook Page. If you want to help keep me accountable then I'd love to be your friend over there.
I got two swims in this week. No drills, just swimming 1k straight both times. My coach has plans to change that. I see lots of drills in my future.
The first 1k swim on Monday was 20:38 (I think) and the second 19:50 something. So glad to have got it under the 20 minute mark. I'm hoping that this will come down and I'll be able to keep that faster pace for 2k. Target is 40 mins for the 2k once again but my coach reckons we'll get that down by a few mins. I'm not so sure.
I only did one run this week but it was a big breakthrough because I was able to run 1k loops in between walks. There was no pain and there was no reaction the next day. I feel that I've really given my injury the optimal time to heal. Plenty of warming up/stretching coming up. No speed work for at least 6 weeks. Getting back to 4:1 run:walk is the target.
I did a few bikes in the week and a long bike on Saturday. Welcome Bay Rd was an absolute mess and I thought I was coming off a few times. I went a different way home. I would have turned back but I wanted to climb Reid Rd. I did it three times. Once to warm-up and then once to go for the time record (11:40 something). I've put 2 or 3kg over the last 6 weeks and I felt it climbing. I did it in 12:09. Average HR was 158 and max (final turn at top) was 176. The data gives me 1.42 metres for every heart beat. I'm looking to increasing that number as I get fitter.
I'm almost glad that I didn't beat my record as I need the motivation to drop the stupid weight I've put on. I'm sure if I can drop that weight and get the legs back to the strength of six weeks ago with interval sessions I can really give it a good crack. The third attempt was just trying to keep the HR as low as possible. Took just over 19 minutes to get to the top :)
So the plan for the week coming up is to get more runs in, do an interval session on the bike and get TWO swims in. I think the coach might have some strength sessions planned. I find out tomorrow :(