Since my last blog entry my training journey has encountered a few bumps. However all these challenges have added value, character, strength and integrity to my experience, which is becoming more enriching as each day passes.
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Last Saturday was a bit of test of character and one of those rides I will reflect on when ‘the going gets tough’ at any stage throughout the Velothon.
This is me getting specific and learning from others before I have to learn the hard way, routine is discipline, and winter training is best when surrounded by others.
It's amazing how three short weeks in a row can make such a difference to my normal routine. Before I know it, it is the second week of May and suddenly my event is only 10 weeks away!
After a week of wet and stormy weather, I was super excited to see a clear sky and the stars shining when I got up on Saturday morning, ready for our 100km back road cycling adventure.
Feeling an itch, consuming too much coffee and ultimately a "Crap, I'm puffing" is where the meaning of this post truly began.
The highlight of my training last week was sharing my Saturday long ride with someone else.
Call me a geek, but I love learning! I am always fascinated by new information and enjoy continuing to fill my fountain of knowledge!
So last week when the opportunity came up to participate in an Anaerobic Threshold Cycle Test, I of course put my hand up. Thanks to Steve at University of Canterbury, this was a great experience.
With each new day comes a different challenge – that’s what makes life so interesting. My challenge on Sunday was to get out of bed after a really fun afternoon/evening attending a friend’s wedding, and head out on my bike for my training session. It is fair to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the wedding, and there were significantly less hours slept on Saturday night compared to normal, so I was feeling a little jaded!
Preparing for an endurance event, running a business, studying or bringing up a young family takes a significant amount of time, effort and focus.
When you are trying to do all four then something has to give. I often hear of people having to make the sacrifice to put the hours in at work or to train more. But I disagree with this, we make a choice about what is most important to us and then put our energy, focus and time there. Which ever we choose, or don't choose, the results will follow.
Over the weekend I read an article written by Cyclist Magazine Australia previewing the Velothon course. I have to admit, I was a little nervous to read it. I know this event is going to be tough and really test me, so I wasn’t sure how much I really wanted to know about the course and what I was in for. However on the other hand, of course I actually did want to know what the course is like so my training and preparation sets me up to be the best I can for the event!
If I told you that you had to do a short and hard run, or a long steady ride would you know if you are hitting the right intensity?
It has been a couple of years between drink stations for me. And while there are a few reasons for this, the main reason was because I couldn’t find an event that really got me going and ignited the fire in my belly…..until now.
The Miners Trail 15km Mountain Run is a stunning and interesting off road run with fantastic views and breath taking scenery. Before you tackle this course on event day though you want to ensure you are well warmed up, because very soon after leaving Wilcox Green you are straight into the hills up Tobin's Track!
So to avoid injury or your race day not going to plan, allow yourself 15-20mins pre-race start to get your brain engaged, body moving & muscles warm.
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Helen for example has to carry her bear spray (pictured) incase she comes across a bear while out for a training run in Canada (apparently there are lots about at the moment feasting on berries prior to hibernation).
go back to focusing on what you can control...
Training for an endurance event is all about simulating the conditions, course, distance and speed that you will be running on race day. Building up the time on your feet or in the saddle can be a challenge to keep yourself motivated and to get it done. Therefore to make this a bit more interesting and to do the distance I have found that getting yourself a little bit lost helps.
How often have you been out riding or running down a long lonely road when in the distance you see a someone approaching doing the same. You check your technique to make sure that you are going well...
I talk a lot about the importance of recovery in training for an endurance event as it is easy to over cook yourself if you are really motivated to achieve your goal and therefore become injured, over tired and sick. However it is important for us to consider the other side of the coin and to know how much rest is too much.
Short, sharp and get it done with good technique.
If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure that you can do it, say yes and learn how to do it later" - Richard Branson
Preparing properly for an endurance event takes a significant amount of time and energy so lets make it as enjoyable and interesting as possible. And yes it is important to tick off your intervals but do it with a group, you still need to do your long sessions but head down that track that you have never been before.
I have noticed a trend over the past couple of weeks of a number of people struggling for motivation to keep up the good training that that they have done through out spring with their key event still some Months away in February or March. Does this sound like you? Then it's alright because you are not alone, but what can you do about it?
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If you love peanut butter, you need to make this recipe!
A healthy version of a Kiwi Classic
One of the most important deeper muscle groups that can easily get overlooked are the hip flexors. Because they carry the weight of your world around, it is very important to look after your hips and make sure they are strong and moving properly.
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A couple of weeks back I made the commitment to have a crack at the 1/2 Challenge Wanaka in February.
Since then I have been hit with a severe case of Man Flu and basically done nothing.