So we’re well into 2017 and I’ve been very quiet on the HURTBOX blog front! But that’s not to say that nothing has been happening! After taking the period between my last ‘A’ race and New Year in ‘relaxed’ mode, I’m now pleased to say training mode is engaged! For me this means a ‘controlled’ diet, zero alcohol and an aim for two training sessions daily. Of course mixed in with this is the unfortunate distraction of work!
Running has never been my strongest of the three triathlon disciplines and so one of my focuses for 2017 and Kona is to gain years’ of running experience in about 10 months! I was quite disappointed with my Weymouth run time but looking back at it – this was to be expected with the training volume I dedicated. I just love cycling too much! Already in 2017, after steadily increasing my weekly mileage both on and off-road I feel more comfortable and proven to be speedier! I daresay I have even begun to enjoy it! (n.b. not as much as cycling!)
I know at 5km it’s hardly comparable to the marathon I’ll be running in Kona but I’ve been using Parkrun as a fun way of tracking my progress. After debuting at Netley with 19:21 in slippy conditions, I’ve worked down to 17:28 and found getting frequent results to be a good way of motivating myself to keep at it when training gets tough! Sub 17 by mid-summer??!
A recent VO2 Max test at the University of Winchester will be used to track my aerobic fitness increase over time. VO2 Max is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption by the body measured during incremental exercise. In my case this was a treadmill based test where the speed was increased by 1.5kph every 2 minutes until exhaustion (hence safety line!). From this test I’ve been given a set of heart rate training zones that I can work within and develop my endurance ability.
Standby for a race report from the Oakhaven Half and Southampton Marathon!