Wednesday, June 27, 2012

imwa week 24 - back to basics

i dont know what has happened but it feels like the planets have shifted and i have been jolted awake.  it just might be due to the fact that i signed up for ironman 70.3 mandurah yeserday.  now that on its own isnt that big a deal - it will be my third 70.3 and i feel confident over the distance.  what has probably got me going is the fact that it is only 16 weeks away and after that only 7 weeks before ironman wa.    all of a sudden i have realised that this is serious and i better get my butt into gear.

last week my training was up and down.  i had one of those weird aura migraines again and that set me back a bit. i think alchol brings it on.  specifically spirits.  i dont have a bourbon very often and the last time was over a year ago. probably around the time i first experienced one of these head spasms.  so another thing i can no longer enjoy.  

so with my re-focus i have begun a new swimming campaign.  i got really pissed off last week at my swim smooth session.  i should be faster and i should have improved.  i think i lost focus and with the iron issue drifted off into just swimming junk miles.  so i have put aside my current swim plans and gone back to my old ones.  i am back to tough interval swims, mixing up the strokes and a bigger range of drills.  i have also updated to a finis tempo trainer and will use this for pace and critical swim speed sets.

for the bike i have some really tough spinerval dvd's and that has me motivated to get on the indoor bike (which i am doing).  otherwise i am still getting two rides in every week and i will have my bike fit finished tomorrow.  i have also signed up for the Waroona Cyclosportif.  

everyone knows how boring running on a treadmill is and the road kept drawing me back.  but my last 10k really hurt the PF so i must only run on the treadmill.  so again i looked at what i was doing and the fact that my running has NEVER improved.  this week i started running intervals on the treadmill using my garmin and setting up custom workouts.  this is fun and not boring at all.  and i have discovered i really can run faster than i think i can.  this is going to be interesting.

all that remains is yoga, strength and the million stretching exercises i have to do to control one issue or another.  i will have to get back to you on this one.

i have an update on molly dog.  molly had her chemo treatment on her eye lesion a month ago.  it made her eyelid very droopy and was quite scabby.  we went back to her special vet on monday and he was VERY happy with the result.  it has healed up now and is not as droopy but he thinks it is fantastic result and unless i find something else unusual on her skin or the lesion changes (i have taken pics) then molly doesnt have to go back for two to three months.  this is excellent and gives me time to save more money for the next battle.  molly has no idea that anything is different except maybe for the extra pats and hugs and being able to get away with everything and anything. 

this may be a re-hash of topics of a similar theme but i felt the need to touch base and draw a line in the sand so i know where the real training begins.  it really is time to get serious and focus.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

finding my mojo

i have finally solved the problem and now have access to my blog at work.  i know it is wrong to be working on personal projects whilst at work but i really fucking hate my job and i dont care.  it is boring beyond anything i can imagine.  but i have decided to commit to it until the end of the year and until i have crossed the finish line at ironman western australia.  i dont want a job that requires my attention or long hours and i need one that is flexible so i just have to suck it up.  plus i have also just convinced everyone that you have to bring cake in if it is your birthday and we have quite a few birthdays coming up.  the downside is this may also be part of the reason why i feel so flat.  i have lost my mojo AGAIN.  i accept that the news about molly has played a big part in how i feel and i feel very sad.  plus i felt a bit flat last year after busselton.  then the weather really sucks and i think i just need a holiday.  

my training has been very up and down and this makes me feel bad too.  a catch 22 situation really.  i keep missing sessions or moving them around and trying to catch up.  this week i have really planned things out.  from what i eat to what house stuff i get done.  i moved the television out of the bedroom.  i have set up the roadie on the indoor trainer.  i got the crisis bike back from the miracle guy and you cannot tell where the damage was - amazing.  i missed a swim yesterday but that was because a major storm hit the city.  i did run in the morning but i still should have got on the trainer in the afternoon instead of the swim.  now i have a swim to make up.  

the good news is that i have a training plan for the ironman.  actually i have found someone who i have confidence in and i believe knows what they are doing who has a training plan.  i dont think of him as coach and while he will be providing me with a 21 week program, weekly feedback and advice that will be the extent.  it will still be up to me.  i am very excited about this and i think that once i get into it my full mojo will return.  i am relieved because i dont know enough to do this on my own and if i am going to do it then i want to do it well.    next week i go to see coach ironman for a bike fit on the crisis bike.  i put this off as my past experience has been shitty and expensive.  but coach ironman has a good reputation for doing this and we have spoken of my past bad bike fits and i feel confident that this is going to be a good thing.  it will be set up for comfort and riding long.  we agree on that.  i will also be doing a max heart rate test.  i have a five test program that you do and then average the results to give you your maximum heart rate without actually taking your heart to its maximum rate.  it will be interesting to see the two results.

i am looking forward to the weekend.  it will be sunny weather and my first ride back on the crisis bike since busselton.  one thing i havent missed attending is my saturday session at swim smooth but i need more than one session a week if i want my swim fitness back.  so i will be at the pool after work tonight.  i really will be.