The morning after the Friday heavy snow I only got about 3.5 miles done and really struggled with my heart rate racing throughout occasionally having to stop as th snow was up to my knees despite running on the roads minus any cars which was a bit strange. The weather was so bad most roads were impassible with cars abandoned and virtually no one on the streets. The next day was a little better but still pretty bad and I managed a bit more with a 4 miler this time with mcgregor , my training partner.
27th March – 60 mile bike,
28th March - 15 mile run
31 March – 65 mile bike
1st April – 13 mile run
My run pace average is 9.15 my bike pace average is about 12.5 mph. I have been mapping out new routes along the ards peninsula area.this is an example of one which I have done in the past
Today I tried to go running today for about a 4 miler but didn’t make it out of my parents cul de sac. Since last long run I picked up an ankle strain which I think is due to overuse so I have strapped up and hopefully will be ok in week or so. Come to think of it I think I end up getting some kind of foot injury every year just before the marathon and they all seem to heal up ok, som im not so worried about it this time, especially bearing in mind it was only just over two weeks ago I did a 20 miler so I know I can do the distance.
Suppose the injury will force me to ease off the running and cycling and focus on the swimming as the swimathon due end this month and so far I have done didly squat training as Im not so keen on the swimming anymore. Anyhows I must get back into it if I am to complete the 200 lengths.
Still loving the long bike rides. last week i got anti puncture tyres fitted to my training bike. Iv had them fitted to my commute bike for some time, but about a week ago I discovered a slow puncture on the madone after the long training ride so I took it to my cycle shop and asked them to fit both tyres with the anti punctures. I decided this because I didn’t fancy being stuck about 30 mile away somewhere around the ards peninsula trying to fix a puncture! Call me lazy but im willing to pay for the expensive tyres if it saves me the bother of being stuck somewhere, iv had a couple of hairy momements with punctures before stranded and it definitely isn’t fun, especially in colder whether.
The other thing I did recenlt is register my trek bike with bikeregister.com. hopefully if it is stolen then if found r attempsted to re-sell then I might be able to reclaim it.
Iv also been tring to retune my hydration and nutrition for the longer work outs. The camelbak bottle I discussed in previous blog entry is really working out well for long runs and initially I was just buying protein bars or flapjacks for long rides but I have now been able to make my own flapjack / protein bars
These chalky tablets (described by one reviewer as mini ice hockey pucks) are very hard and difficult to chew and digest when used on a long workout (eg over 2.5hrs) but they work well releasing slow energy for your body, although they leave a residue on your teeth. Doest sound too user friendly but I will give them a go.
You will never guess what I saw the other day coming through dundrum – a stag having a swim in the bay.