Saturday, October 30, 2010
The day has been tough but is nothing compared to what the following days have in store. Tomorrow is a 7 hour brick fest.... 3 continuous brick sessions with the final one a max effort. Then to top it off, we have another swim in the Arctic conditions in the ocean.
The lights have been switched off and the everyone is looking forward to quality shut eye.
And remember....whilst the dogs are barking we are out training.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So, the question I often find myself asking is......Where is that line?? How do you know when you have crossed it?? Or, better still, how do you know when you are nearing it so then you can change your course and not go over it??
Exhaustion is something that many Ironman athletes, from all levels have encountered at one stage during the training, the smart ones just know when it is approaching and find a way to avoid it and the uneducated ones (me included in previous years) just dive head first into it without knowing and suffer the consequences there after.
This year, for me, has been a year of education from Andrew in all aspects of the triathlon caper. He has been able to obtain information from me that I didn't even realise that I was or was not doing correctly and from this info we have been able to identify aspects of the training that is or is not working. This has been a huge advantage for me compared to previous years. Sitting down with him monthly to pen a program that works for both of us and also relevant discussions on how we are going and if the direction that we both decided on is still the direction we both want to go.
Back onto the topic...
So in having these meetings and discussing the previous months training and the next months also, we can identify if I have hit exhaustion or ways to identify it and avoid it. I have been lucky enough this preparation to identify and avoid with the guidance if Andrew.
So, how can you tell??
I have been doing some reading on the topic as I am no doctor, nor do I hold a degree in either topics, but one thing I sure do know, is that I would rather be in a state of fatigue than a state of exhaustion!!
To save further reading with countless links to articles, I will throw my version/understanding with the difference:
Fatigue - is the body becoming weary from constant training, however you still the capacity to continue training day in day out even though you are tired. You can still achieve the relevant training goals.
Exhaustion - totally stuffed!! Other words, crossing that line and over training, trying to do too much, not being able to complete sessions as necessary. Failing to start a session due to tiredness.
For me, not being a rocket scientist or brain surgeon, I am able to identify when the line is approaching and being able to, under advice, alter what needs to happen to achieve the desired result.
As for my training, all is going well. I am heading down to Lorne for a training camp over the long weekend with a few others as set up by Matt at www.tritrainingcamps.com.au This is something that I am looking forward to and I am very confident of having a very beneficial weekend. The only downside that I can think of is the open water swimming as the weather has not been up to previous October Temperatures to date.
With only 2 1/2 weeks until my final hit out before the Ironman, I am making sure that all the boxes continue to be ticked and the excuses are left at the door.
As I stated previously, whilst the dogs are barking, we are out training.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
With the weather being terrible for this time of year, no doubt it has been a battle sometimes to get out in the rain. The motivation is there, sometimes realisation kicks in and I wonder if the session in the terrible conditions will do more harm than good. This is where Coach Andrew comes in and confirms, denies or changes the training schedule. Most times, it's a case of getting out in the conditions regardless to gain that extra mental edge also. "If I can train is these terrible conditions, I can train in anything" mentality.
Training has been going really well, and the body is holding up also. Benny & I discovered a few new running trails around the area which are on dirt, so that can only be another good thing for the body. Getting out with Trav, Arch, Stormy & Jas is also always good fun even if one of us gets angry cause it is not our day.....But overall, I could not ask for a better preparation at he moment and with the new program "in the mail" I look forward to the next 7 weeks (which some people find some what disturbing that I am actually looking forward to it!!).
My next race is in 4 weeks which will be my final preparation for the Ironman and after last night's discussion with Andrew, we are going to try a few new things over the next 7 weeks in the lead up.
Only a short blog this time as not much has changed. I will say one thing.....Whilst the dogs are barking, we are out training!!
Oh yeah, the new Erox Wetsuit has arrived and I am looking forward to getting into it at the training camp to give it a good test. Thanks again Florian. Will post some photos once I get some!!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
1. That is is raining here on the Gold Coast, and beautiful in Melbourne.
2. That I would be watching a replay of the AFL Grand Final.
3. That on a harmless training ride this morning and brand new tyres, Trav would puncture.
4. And finally, after going through all the training and pre race checks, that I find a crack in my top tube as I affix my race number to it.
Where to go from here. Well the first 3 are either happening, been resolved or out of my control. Number 4 is the concern. I should have taken a photo of the crack for future, however it is on the seat end of the top tube ans easily over 1/2 Inch long. What am I going to do?? I simply have two options. Withdraw due to this issue or race and see what happens. Now me being the punting man and also committing time and effort for this race I am going to race and see what happens.
So, I am going to strap the bike up over the crack with the below tape for this race and deal with the issue once home. I will find out the result/effect of this once I mount my stead tomorrow and fingers crossed that it gets me through...In 1 piece.
My theory behind this that if it can hold body parts in place during a physical game of AFL, NFL or other contact sports, I am sure it can hold my frame together with a 90kgs rider pushing the power through it.....(Hope that I am not being to naive with this!!)
The rest of the afternoon is sitting back watching the AFL grand final turn into the result that I really don't want to see....So maybe I will switch it over to the World Road Racing Championships for the Women.
Any way enough for me, I can feel myself going greyer with stress over the crack.