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And so it begins…the road to Outlaw Half 2014

Today is week 1, day 1 of my training programme that will take me to the start line of the Outlaw Half in Nottingham on 1st June. It will be my first half ironman triathlon (and possibly my last) and is a step beyond anything I’ve ever done before.

I’m armed with my GreenlightPT personalised programme and on the surface doesn’t look too daunting – nothing beyond anything I’ve done before apart from some core sessions and much more regularity on the bike – I must be the only triathlete who can get through a season with less than 500 miles in training on the bike! That has now changed though – I’ve got a good 25-50 mile ride in most weekends since October so am ready for the long rides in the programme – not sure how the usual cafe stop will be factored in though, but I’m sure if there’s a will there’s a way. There’s less running that I would normally do, but with my knee still dodgy that’s no bad thing and I’ve proved over the past year swimming and biking are enough to keep the running ticking over.

The first session on the plan was a turbo session and is one I normally attend anyway so no big changes to the current set up. Towards the end of the week it’s a little different though. I need to get some run intervals done which I haven’t done for a while because of my knee injury and I also need to get in a swim on Friday. I don’t mind swimming in the evening (my local pool has 9-10pm lanes) but with a big ride most Saturdays I’m going to try to get the session done in the morning at 6am then go straight to work. Not sure how this will work with the family as husband and four year old will need to get themselves up in the morning but we’re going to give it a go. It will then give me time to do an easy recovery run straight after work.

So that’s the first day/session done, rest day tomorrow and then the hard work will start to kick in…


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It’s all about to get real and I can’t wait!

This week was the last week of training where I’ve been left to my own devices. I’ve always trained myself since I restarted running around 10 years ago and there’s a certain satisfaction in putting together a training plan to get youself to a specifc event. However, for the Outlaw Half, as it’s my first foray in middle distance triathlons I thought I would seek some outside help as I really wasn’t sure where to start.

Fortuantely, GreenlightPT, who I swim train with decided to run a 70.3 training weekend with the added bonus of a personalised training plan so I signed up for this in the hope it will guide me to a successful completion of the Outlaw Half in June.

The first part of the plan starts tomorrow night with a classroom session to outline the next six months. I’m kind of interested to see how hard I can train if I have to – when it’s your own plan it’s easy to chop and change things to suit and bail out when it gets a bit difficult but in this case I’m expecting it won’t be as easy as that. An additional bonus is that there’s a fair few of us from DLRR who are doing Outlaw so there’ll be no shortage of training buddies and banter to keep us on track.

For the first time in a long while I’m actually really excited about an event and really can’t wait to get stuck in. I was excited about both my VLMs but for each one I went into the training injured and really just concentrated on getting to the start line. This time feels a bit different – I’ve got a six month lead up, my only injury about 85% better (I managed 7 miles without pain yesterday at sub 9 min miles) and I’ve actually managed to get a good few months winter cycling in already. The vibes are good…touch wood – watch this space!

Gonna get me one of these!

Gonna get me one of these!

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