All Quiet on the eastern front!
by DaveMilne Jul 11th 2011
Sorry about the silence for the last few weeks, Iíve been keeping myself busy with a good few long sessions and spending time with the family.
Iíve done allot of bike work lately between cycling to work, out with the club on a Monday evening and a Saturday morning or even with a neighbour of mine that is keen on cycling. We have started to do a long spin on a Monday if the numbers are low; also itís ideal with the bright evenings to sneak in a 60-70k.
Our Wednesdays session have had allot of the fartlec with a couple of long runs launched in for good measure. The swims have been coming along quite nicely, I think Iím getting allot more fitter and Iím now focusing on slowing my stroke to get a better glide in the water! I hope it works! As its summer time the sea has had a couple of extra guests that Iím not a fan of! JELLYFISH!!!! eeekk.... so Iíve opted to stay out of the sea until Galway! Is it a risk by not doing sea swims for practice... Iím sure it might well be but Iím not liking the idea of getting stung so Iím keeping my sorry ass out of the sea!
During our club spins we have changed it round from the normal same route spins; we found a nice spin that involves heading up Snowtown hills!! I think that they are worse than the black hills! They just keep going up and up and more bloody up! much to Luiwe's delight
I done them the first time and I found them hard but manageable and then the second time I had an ultra hard time doing them! Christ I can never manage this hills! A few weeks ago I went to a bike matance and skills class; we ended up heading out with a couple of the Swords Cycling club lads! There were two groups heading out and I opted to go with the faster group! O lord! I think we averaged over 30k and hour with no let up even on the hills and youíve guessed it! I got dropped on the hills! it was a great session as we got cycle the way cycling clubs cycle, 2 side by side, taking turns at the front and cycling very close together! ! ! I think when your cycling like that you have to be very alert or it could all end in tears or road rash!
Race wise for me at the moment is nonexistent at the moment, my last race weekend was the double one that I done at the end of June. I havenít even lined up anything, nothing has taken my fancy or if it has it means travelling for over 2 hours and I couldnít be arsed doing that to be honest.
Over the next couple of weeks Iím gonna really try to shed some of extra pounds I might have gained from my weekend of non training and MEGA boozing,
Iím gonna start doing some Long runs as time is running out for Galway and I think the longest run Iíve done is about 15k and thatís well short of a half marathon.
On a deadly note Iíve finally nailed my 130bpm runs! Iíve only been trying to do these for the last year and half so Iím very happy with that. I have always tried to do these but my heart rate has been sky high even at snail pace, I think it was the strap that was not tight enough and I donít think I was wetting the contact points also! So now I can finally get a proper reading while training! I also hit about 170bpm-ish heading up the blackhills instead of the normal 220bpm reading that I was getting before!
So in a nutshell
My training is going well, Cycling especially, run going ok but Iím gonna focus on the fat burning zone of 130bpm to shed them extra pounds (well hopefully) Swim going well and now that Iíve got my old training partner Tony back for the morning swims, Iíve got an reason not to stay in bed in the mornings !
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