At present, my focus is primarily on running as I am running the Paris Marathon in exactly one month. With this in mind, I am very happy with how training has gone in February.
I am, however, at a small conundrum. I want to work off a 22-week plan for Vichy but this would mean starting it now. With the marathon in just one month I cannot manage this so I will begin my 22-week plan two weeks after Paris and begin on week 6 as I am without doubt up to speed.
Looking back on last year's data I am exactly where I wanted to be.
In my final race report for 2015, I noted that for 2016 I wanted to do the following:
- Train smarter
- Less is more
- More emphasis on Strength and Conditioning
- Get faster
To date I have been ticking all of those boxes and more. I was nervous about posting the photo above as it piles the pressure on me, but then I thought, well that's the reason I started this blog in the first place. It holds me accountable. So, as 2016 commenced I focused on the following goals:
- Maintain body weight of 71kg - NOTHING LESS
- Maintain body fat of 11%, currently at 10%
- Drop my marathon PB by 6mins at Paris
- Drop my half mara PB by 9mins
- Get a result after 3 years of trying at Killary (5th place best to date)
- And if the day goes well, a c. 10hr Ironman.
As it stands my recovery through Strength and Conditioning has been bang on. In 2015 I dropped to 68kg training for Ironman and this resulted in injury. In 2016 S&C will be a big part of my plan and if that means less aerobic miles then so be it, I know I can race Ironman so I don't need that mental buffer of 'getting the miles in.' I am back squatting 100kg comfortably which has not happened in some time and I feel stronger than ever in the core and upper body. As regards times, I ran a 1:38:37 half mara training run on February 13th which was 6mins off my last PB. I like to think this means my run training is going to plan and that I am going to smash Paris.
My swim sets have been lacking somewhat and I have yet to hammer out an long spins or bike/run sets but as I said, Paris is the focus for now. The heavy miles will come from April to August, the beauty of a late season Ironman. I have to note, I do not envy one bit the lads training for May/June Ironmans.
A few side notes: I am training (albeit short distances) at the moment with Vibram 5 fingers. I said in 2015 that I wanted to develop my front foot running game and this is the beginning. Its early days but I can note the following:
- When I finish a run I have no aches or stiffness in the usual spots like lower back, groin or hamstrings.
- I am running as fast if not faster as when I heel strike (sample run)
- I find it less taxing on me aerobically
- It is knackering my calves but that comes with the style and my calves will strengthen
- My feet are handling the hard pavement well
- I will NOT be using these for Paris lol
Fingers crossed this works for me. The whole reason for it is to reduce any further damage to my lower back and so far it has been doing just that. When I come in from a run the only thing aching are my calves. This might be the way forward. Interesting TED talk on the topic below:
On February 15th I received my certificate from ISSA qualifying me a Personal Trainer.
I have recently adopted a high fat low carb diet and not much to report there. Interesting though that if you are doing things right, you can eat a high fat diet and have a body fat percentage of 10%.
Finally a big thanks once again to Blaithin in Old Bawn Clinic, thanks to her I am running, period!
The guys in Westpark continue to be great and their performance room has become a second home to me.
More to come...