What have I been doing since Ironman Wales?
The days following Ironman Wales my main focus was just to walk properly again and eat as much food as I could. Basically, it didn’t take me long to eat the calories I burnt during the Ironman! As well as this I was straight back into studying for my ACCA exams (Accountancy Qualification) and back at work trying to catch up on the hours that I may not have done!
I took a complete week off doing any exercise at all. The most exercise I got was walking up and down the stairs at work. Every step hurt for the week following Ironman.
After the week had passed I decided to do minor exercise and just do what I felt like doing and when I felt like it. This meant I swam a couple of times, cycled a few times and ran once. Doing this was a lot more challenging than I initially thought and every part of my body ached and I just felt lethargic.
The great thing about off season is that I can start looking at all the events that I would like to do in the next year. For me, I start with a long list of races that I would like to do, races that I have already qualified for or that are classed as my A Race (most important race of season – season based around it) and of course I do some local races to support the local teams and companies. After making this list which tends to be nearly two pages long, I then look through the list and their dates and decide which races I can do and take out the races that are too close to each other. Hopefully then I have whittled my two pages down to one. These are the races I would like to compete in. Then in the new year recheck the list and enter the races which suit my goals and budget for the year.
Another thing I enjoy doing is creating my training plan. As I am self-coached there is a lot of trial and error. I read a lot online and buy books on different method of training and am constantly changing and creating workouts for myself.
What am I doing up to the end of 2019?
After my month off, I will be starting to get back into training. This will be built up slowly over many weeks. Over the period to Christmas, I will be building an extra workout or increasing the workout duration which increases my volume. The first week of this block is my testing phase in which I will conduct a CSS test for swimming, FTP test for the bike and a 20-minute endurance test using my Styrd power meter for the run. These tests will allow me to figure out my training zones. For example, I will be able to work out the best heart rate zones to work in or at what run speed I need to train at for certain sessions.
In late November, I will be competing in the DB Max Castle Combe Duathlon and in the 10k on the same day. I use these events to race against quicker people and to get a good hard training day out of it. I will also be doing a couple of 10-mile bike time trials over the Christmas period.
The November Duathlon is to find my base times which I will compare with the same race in February. This allows me to see the progress I should make over the Christmas and new year period.
Just before the new year I will do a review on my whole year and list my personal best times. Then in 2020 I will write another blog on my goals and aspirations for the year.
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