4 days, 40km of running and 450km of cycling. Few movies below.
If you’re new to the triathlon world (or you’ve been living under a rock) you might have not heard about John Newsom before. Otherwise you should know that together with Bevan James Eyles he runs IMTalk podcast. He also organises crazy Epic Camps. I just took part in a mini one in Christchurch, NZ.
From easy ride, through the best training session ever to a very average race. Second part of my Taupo training camp.
I’ve been waiting for this holiday for months. When I decided to do Taupo Cycle Challenge this year, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to take a few days off work and focus on training. After all, Ironman New Zealand is coming!
Last week was the longest period without running ever since I started to dream about finishing a triathlon. And it felt soo good! I think I’ve fully recovered from Auckland Marathon and I’m ready to give my best in upcoming weeks. In 16 weeks I’m going to swim 3.8km, cycle 180 and run a full marathon in breathtaking Taupo. This is how I’m going to prepare for it.
I’ve never felt more fit in my life. Yes, there is still some weight to be dropped and I definitely want to go faster, but last couple of heavy weeks start to pay off. After the whole house move thingy I’m back on the track, hitting 10 hours per week mark with no problems. My performance chart never looked better ;)
Over the last couple of months I’ve been focusing on getting into habit of increased training duration and distance. I’ve build program that is going to carry me through marathons and Taupo Challenge in few months. I wouldn’t be me if I did not collect data from that period. Below you can find few charts documenting progress together with some info about Training Peaks software.
I’ve covered my general goals for 2015 already, so here is time for triathlon specific info. And yes, one of the goals is to beat the time above ;)
If you have seen this blog before then you are probably familiar with my list. While it is still a big source of motivation / progress check for me, here are a few things that I’d like to accomplish this year.
It feels like I wrote 2013 summary just a moment ago. This year went way too fast!
Time flies. It seemed like really long time till the North Shore marathon when I signed up. Now there are only 11 weeks left. My training goes well and I’m fitter than ever. I’ll be ready. I believe that I have enough endurance now to complete marathon and most of my focus is on strength and speed. It doesn’t come easy though.
2014 is my second year of regular running. Recently I checked some summary data (me being geek and stats freak) and it turned out I ran about 1000 km so far. Not too much, but from zero to that in a year - I’m happy with that. Now, when I have set goals for this year, there is time to focus on running much more. So - how to get most of my training plan? By having smart goals and proper training PLAN :).
After finishing 70.3 Auckland (and sucking at it!) I knew that it’s time to step up and tackle that 3 headed beast they call Ironman. In the begining I was thinking of doing one in the end of 2014, but in the end I decided to wait till March 2015 and go with Ironman New Zealand. This is how I’m going to prepare for it.
I’m sure many of you heard about the 10,000 hour rule at some point. In short, it states that in becoming a world-class in something requires 10,000 hours of practice. There are many articles disputing that claim, but for the sake of this entry, I will assume that the 10,000 hours rule is correct. Where does it put me then?
This was a long season. It started in London, went through Lanzarote and finished in Auckland in the middle of summer in January (or as the rest of the world call it - winter ;)). That’s why after finishing my 70.3 race I decided to take it little easier for couple of weeks. I let my nutrition go crazy, gained few kilograms (thankfully mostly due to weight lifting) and lost a lot of endurance.
I was too slow and too tired to have good photos taken :p. Instead - photo of Gomez and Brownlee fighing for 1st place!