Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fergal (Elite) - Going The Distance

Incredible to think this is the Penultimate weeks training before togging out for Beir Bua Waterford Adventure Race.  Time really has flown. 

I have to say I was happy enough to take it relatively easy this week, after last weekend’s exertions. Tuesday was just a recovery day, so the week kicked off with 10 x 100mts in the pool Wednesday morning, averaging 2.06 a lap. Wednesday evening was a steady 13km run in 58.55. It goes to show how consistent training is starting to pay off for me; I’m calling that a steady run now, a few months ago I would have struggled to do that time for 13km flat out. 

Thursday was another take it easy day. Friday Morning was 1500mt in the pool in 34.55, Friday evening was 5 x 1km run intervals averaging 3.48 per km.  Saturday was an early start – 6am for my longest outing of the week a long “brick session” (that’s combined run/bike training for the uninitiated). 1st section was an undulating cycle (17km) 2nd section was a (9.5km) mountain run. 3rd section was a repeat of the 1st to get me home again. Finally the 4th section was my usually 8km run route at home. Total distance = 51.5km, total time = 2hr 57min. 

That’s 10 min’s quicker than the last time I did this session a month ago, so the omens are good I’m definitely fitter heading into Beir Bua than I was for my last adventure race. Now it’s all about getting everything right on the day, hopefully avoiding punctures, crashes etc. 

Today, Sunday, was pretty much an off day as well with the exception of 30 min’s Core/weight training.  I have to admit I’m regretting not having done some more core work over the last couple of weeks, as the prospect of being squashed up on a sit on top kayak for over 6km is a bit daunting. Still too late to worry now. 

I’m just going to spend the next couple of days studying www.waterfordadventurerace.com getting as familiar as possible with the route, registration requirements etc. before loading up the family and heading south Thursday night.  Hopefully by the time I’m crossing the Shannon back into Roscommon next week I’ll have had a good race behind me, and the boys in Primrose & Blue will have done the business against Gaillimh in “the Hyde”.

See you all down there!

Fergal

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