I think I have finally settled on a plan for the rest of the year. In short it’s:
- Half marathon in July
- Olympic triathlon in August (not the real Olympic one, they’re not that desperate!)
- Marathon in October
This is a bit of a change from my original plan, where I thought I’d have a bash at the Cowman which is a half-ironman (note the small ‘i’!). Although I’ve done several Olympic distance tri’s and the Cowman seems a natural progression it’s still a major undertaking. I initially thought with my marathon training that it would be simple step up as it was the run at the end that had always put me off. But now, due to the focus run training, I’m seriously lacking in bike and swim training. I can blag the swim, it’s only 1900m which is not too far at all in the scheme of things, but I’ve spent very little time on the bike since the new year. I did a few long weekend rides but the weather in the UK turned nasty in early February and after breaking my shoulder on the ice last year, I wasn’t about to do that again so the bike went back into hibernation. With VLM at stake I didn’t want to jeopardise that for the sake of a few miles on the bike – bigger picture and all that.
So, I’ve decided that the Cowman can wait another year. There’s no point doing it unless I’ve got a good base of training behind it and apart from the run, I think I’d be taking on too much too soon – it’s only 10 weeks away which might be enough to get ready for an Olympic tri but not for a middle distance tri which will probably have around 6+ hours of competition. Four hours of the London Marathon was hard enough!
I’m really enjoying my running at the moment and to make up for my London disappointment I want to make the most of the form I am in. If I can carry it to a half marathon in July I think a PB is on the cards. This will then be the perfect springboard to get back into marathon training ready for an autumn marathon in the Autumn. With the lighter nights and nicer (ahem!) weather the whole experience should be a lot more pleasant than this spring. I’m hoping I can stay injury free and avoid the dreaded lurgy that plagued me throughout my London training and the race itself. I’ve a bit of unfinished business with marathons – not sure if it’s London specifically or the distance in general but I’m hoping a marathon later this year will let me see what I can really do as I don’t feel I’ve done myself justice yet.
First stop Wednesday night and the Silverstone 10km where we get to run two laps of the famous Grand Prix track.