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Cold, Wet, Dark

Posted: November 25, 2012 in November
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I don’t think it’s just down to the weather at the moment but I’m really struggling for motivation to go out running. I’ve got one more marathon to go this year (Clonakilty, 8th of December) and even that isn’t making me go out and train, in fact I’ve barely run at all since Dublin. I know I can run the distance, so there’s no fear factor, and I’ve no sort of goal or aim for it, so I’ve no driver there either.

On top of that I sold both my road bike and my cyclocross bike a few weeks ago so I can’t even get out for a cycle, either by myself or for the weekend club session with Trilogy.

I think the length of the season is catching up with me – my first race was on the 22nd of January this year – and I’ve really just been going through the motions for the last couple of months. Next year I really need to periodise things a bit better and take some breaks earlier in the year. I also need to be a bit more selective about the races I’m doing and wait until I’m certain that I want to do them before I go signing up for a ton of stuff. At the moment the only thing I’m already signed up for is the Connemara Ultra in April, which I kind of wish I wasn’t signed up for as I really want to concentrate on short course triathlon, but hey, what’s done is done and anyway, it’s going to give me one hell of a base.

Sitting Room Pilates

Posted: November 23, 2012 in November
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I couldn’t make it over to Portlaoise this evening for Trilates with my club so instead opted for some Sitting Room Pilates with Benny. He’d been to a few of Lisa’s classes before, and I opened Youtube on my phone, so surely between us we could knock together an hour or so of core strengthening and flexibility improving exercises right?

Eh, not quite. After various versions of the plank and some ab stuff that was an amalgamation of what Benny remembered and what I remembered from some ju-jitsu classes from ages ago we ground to a halt. Roughly ten minutes or so in. We turned to Youtube then but due to a shoddy connection all we could get from that was a freeze frame of some lycra clad buttocks, which in fairness wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what we needed at that point in time. We stumbled along for another while, occasionally thinking of something new to do but mostly stopping for drink breaks and trying to figure out what to do next. Not ideal but then it was our first session, and you really don’t want to rush into these things.

Also, due to space limitations we had to put our mats right in front of the fire, so it was kind of like doing hot yoga. In a way.

 

Here We Go Again

Posted: November 14, 2012 in November
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It’s been two weeks now since Dublin Marathon and while I might have winged my way through that I really should do a little bit of training before Clonakilty. I’ve spent the last two weeks working towards a case of gout but enough is enough, time to get back out training.

Winter training for our triathlon club started last week but I was still recovering from the combined exertions of the marathon and Amsterdam, so tonight was my first night back and it was my favourite session of the week the track session. Early season enthusiasm was really high and we had a very big turnout with about twenty of us, maybe more, milling around in the dark at Portlaoise VEC. After the always thorough warmup and drill from Denise, which actually had me more tired than most of the runs I’ve done of late, we did a little time trial to measure early season fitness and VO2 max – 12 minutes running laps and then measuring how much distance we covered.

I’ve done all sorts of running and distances this year but for some reason running laps always makes me feel like the chubby, unfit kid I was for most of my youth, and a kid who absolutely hated any sort of running without a ball. Give me a marathon any day over trying to run laps (relatively) quickly. I always set off too quickly (something of a common theme), feel horrendous for a bit, slow down before starting to feel right again just as the run is ending. I managed 2600 metres in the 12 minutes which was ok but as always in these sort of tests I finished feeling I could do a whole lot more. Pacing for shorter distances is something I really need to work on.

After finishing we did some strength drills before another spot of stretching and cooling down. After finishing the session, with less than half an hour running in total, my legs felt heavy and slightly sore in places I hadn’t experienced before – upper inner thigh, lower buttocks – but they felt far more alive than they had done in weeks. In some ways then a tough workout but it felt great to get back out there doing defined, specific sessions and to be training with a group again. Roll on next week.