I just got some groovy gear from my coach which I will be happily wearing through my training and racing.
I’ve got a nifty lightweight race visor as well, although my favourite is probably the t-shirt which is not a technical one, so I can wear it whenever 🙂
After my jaunt out at the Dartmoor Prison Break 9 days ago I did manage to slip straight back into my training plan, and this week Charles has notched it up a bit. I had a bit of fun on the weekend for my 10km lactate threshold session because I headed down to Swansea park run. I did my first lap, timed to finish so that I could then start the race with the rest of the field. There were about 350 people running which was quite amazing. It was really hard to pace myself “slow” to stay in my target zone, but I managed to do it with both of my laps only a couple of minutes shy of my PB for what felt like a pretty easy effort. The second lap slightly quicker ( negative split!! 🙂 ) because I simply couldn’t resist sprinting the last 400m after holding back for so long. I accumulated a decent amount of time right in my target zone.
On Sunday I was out on the back roads for a zone 2, 20km run. I must admit that I’m a little in awe of the pace I am comfortable with at the moment. It feels slightly strange to be 41 and rocking a fitter and healthier body than I had as a 20 year old. That is perhaps saying more than you might think because I spent a lot of my teens and early twenties doing a lot of long distance cycling, so I wasn’t exactly out of shape!!
Anyway, hopefully the fact that I am in the shape of my life and I’m only just entering the base phase of my training bodes well for next year. I feel that I am on the verge of doing something epic, but just need a few things to line up. As usual I am setting myself challenges that are well outside of my comfort zone and will push me to my limits. I can’t help it though, I need to set the bar high to keep my motivation fuelled. The price of setting such hard challenges is that I have to spend a lot of time learning from my mistakes and improving what I’m doing and how I do it.
A large part of that is helped massively by my coach, Charles Miron, who keeps things interesting for me. New additions to this winters training toolkit are a TRX suspension trainer and a medicine ball.
Coming into my second season with Charles is really cool. We have both bought new skills, knowledge and goals into this season. I was able to identify some key skills and weaknesses from the last 12 months that I want to work on. For his part Charles has some really good training ideas that keep things interesting, and he keeps me focussed. Ultimately my goal is to use the next 18 months to build for Dragon’s Back 2019 which is the furthest I’ve ever looked ahead!!!
Along the way I’m really pleased to have already been accepted by Ourea Events as a volunteer for next year’s Glencoe Skyline series of races in September 2018 which, it just so happens, is also going to be the Skyrunning World Championships. EPIC!!! I had such a good time there this year I cannot wait to go back.