Monday, April 16, 2012

On Yer Bike!! Getting Stuck Into The Hills

Hi there . One more week’s training done and one week closer to D Day..
After doing a course recce last week I decided to shift focus from long jaunts on the bike to shorter, more punishing uphill cycles. There are plenty of options in West Waterford but I find the Sweep out of Dungarvan towards Youghal to be a good test.  Using the old road (the Marine Climb to local running fraternity) which eliminates the traffic, you climb steeply for three miles and then back down and up again as often as you can.  I know this offers a break between climbs that I won’t get on The Vee but baby steps (I am but a novice on the bike).

Running unfortunately is still my achilles heel (actually plantar fascitis but you know what I mean) and I’m still off-road and will be until shortly before event.  Circuit training twice a week is supposed to compensate a little but like we all know there is nothing to compare to getting the miles down on the road.  As for the race itself I think the most important part competitively will be The Vee ascent and I’m hoping to just hold my own through the forest trail run (6.5k) and at least be on the bike before the leaders disappear up The Vee.  The Bealough run looks more like a hike over rough terrain so there will be little hope of improving your position on this section if running is your thing.
Fergal (brother and fellow blogger) competed in the Wicklow Adventure Race yesterday supposedly the toughest of the year (he hasn’t seen what’s on offer down here yet) and managed to get home in 45th with only ten weeks training, so I’ll be expecting big things by the time Beir Bua rolls around.

Anyway till next week, Train hard, race easy agus Beir Bua .....


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