As my last blog post was getting on for a year ago I thought I’d better do a catch up first before getting on with some more recent news. Some things have changed (like the location of this blog, RIP Posterous) but don’t expect anything too revelatory.
So last we met I’d just pulled out on a 60 mile Ultra. Straight after I had a great couple of days in London for the Olympics – although post-ultra-legs not ideal for navigating the steps up to a seat in the rafters of the Olympic stadium. Also did the 100 mile Ride With Brad sportive with John which was pretty tough seeing as neither of us had really touched our bikes since Roth. We did get to ride in the Wiggo peloton briefly though.
Bit of mountain biking including a Penmachno / Marin Trail double header. Coombs Tor fell race, bit of orienteering. Nothing too serious!
Sale Harriers training weekend in Ingleton, including a great run over Ingleborough. Then a week off ill before the first round of the MACCL XC league in Heaton Park.
Decent run in round 2 of the XC league at Sherdley Park, although poor decision to wear spikes as I think this triggered a new round of calf problems. 10th place in the Kendal Mountain Film Festival Trail Run which really knackered my calves!
Another reasonable run in round 3 of the XC at Wythenshawe Park, but again struggling with calves. A week later it was clear that these issues weren’t going away and sought some help from Paul Savage at Athlete Matters and started a lay off from running for a month or so whilst doing some strengthening work instead.
At some point in the preceding 5 months I decided to have a go at qualifying for the Sprint at the World Championships to be held in London, September 2013. So triathlon training started in earnest this month. Running limited to building up some easy jogging. Also spent a few days chasing Brian up and down the Pennine Way as he successfully tackled The Spine. I also started a “take a photo every day of the year” project which is ongoing and sometimes a pleasure, sometimes a real chore!
Calf rehab hit by a couple of set backs. Actually did a race, Hit The North CX/MTB which was a lot of fun, even if front brake failure did make the descents a bit more sketchy
Kicked off with a weeks training camp at Kinetic PB in Spain, some good bike miles logged even if the weather was a bit sub-optimal for a couple of days. A week of swimming every day and 200m (2:59) and 400m (6:13) PBs followed. Running starting to come back on-line with a new strategy of running almost every day but mostly short easy runs. Ended the month with an Easter mini training camp in Dorset to try and escape the cold weather up North (which had led to the postponement of the Buxton Mountain Time Trial from its usual Good Friday date).
A month of solid training concluded with a J2/9 PB for a 25 mile time trial of 1:01:57. Running still mostly easy but with a weekly progression/tempo run to start sharpening up again – injury free since mid-February.
The rescheduled Buxton MTT was held on a beautiful May Day bank holiday and I rode a 5 minute PB to just duck under the 1:50 mark. Back to the Wednesday track sessions and running pretty well considering. Man Tri training weekend in the Lakes, wettest ride ever on the Saturday then a very ugly 31 mile time trial with trashed quads from a Friday evening fell run over Catbells. Very cold Salford Quays aquathlon, although even with some in-sole issues I ran my best every aquathlon “5k”. Solid 6th place at the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon on a beautiful day at Rivington.
Well that’s us almost up-to-date and heading into the three qualifying races for the World Sprint Championships.