Coach Ray’s Suffering: What Went Wrong with my Buller Marathon?

Buller Gorge Marathon

Last week I wrote about how my Buller marathon went. In summary, it started really well and I was trucking along comfortably on target then the wheels fell off about the 26km mark. This left me to struggle though the last 16km through to a 3:37hr finish.

I had previously written about some key indicators that were giving me confidence  that I was on form and capable of running (or at least getting close to) a sub-3hr marathon. My Garmin was taking the data from my workouts and even predicting a 2:30ish marathon!!! So what went wrong? Continue reading “Coach Ray’s Suffering: What Went Wrong with my Buller Marathon?”

Coach Ray’s Suffering: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round….Just Not All Day

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Follow me on my Half Ironman Buller Marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my final week unfolded.

After last week’s mixed bag and accumulation of fatigue, this week needed to be about making sure I recovered well enough to race well.
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Coach Ray’s Suffering: All Good Things Must Come To An End

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Follow me on my Half Ironman Buller Marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

This week started off really well, but then things started going downhill.  After some nights of poor sleep and the accumulation of training fatigue, my body started showing signs of cracking. So I needed to focus on maintaining my fitness and resting up as part of my taper to optimise my performance.

As you can see from my Performance Management Chart above my fitness (blue line) has been building for a while and my fatigue (pink line) hasn’t been allowed to drop.  This has meant that my form (yellow line) hasn’t really risen. By taking some easier days at the end of the week I’ve got the pink line dropping and yellow line climbing.
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Coach Ray’s Suffering: Big Week Prior to Taper

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Follow me on my Half Ironman Buller Marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

This week is my biggest training week before cutting back a bit next week and a full taper the following week. Also with the weekend being Nelson Anniversary my partner and I went glamping (in a caravan rather than tent) in Kaiteriteri for the weekend and rode some of the local mountain biking trails over there. Continue reading “Coach Ray’s Suffering: Big Week Prior to Taper”

Coach Ray’s Suffering: A Week with the Kids

Buller Gorge Marathon

Follow me on my Half Ironman marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

Now that I’ve committed to running the Buller Marathon, that is where my training is focused.

This week my partner and I took a week off work so we can spend time with our respective kids.  With it being the school holiday’s we each had our children from our respective ex’s this week.  This worked out really well as we headed over to Marlborough and had quality time with them during the week. We went to the beach, the aquarium in Picton and a few other things that were good for the soul.

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Coach Ray’s Sufferings: A Week of Camping

Follow me on my Half Ironman marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

Now that I’ve committed to running the Buller Marathon, that is where my training is focused.

With New Year’s now behind us and I’m just sitting back chilling and relaxing whilst away camping with family and friends, I found time each day to get out and do some training.

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Coach Ray’s Sufferings: Merry Christmas

Follow me on my Half Ironman marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

Well I’ve finally committed to an event and it’s the Buller Marathon. This event has always been on my to do list, but with it being slap bang in the middle of the triathlon season I’ve often forgone it in favour of focusing on a triathlon. With the various Half Ironman races I was lining up not occurring this season, it is the perfect opportunity to step in and do this event.
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Coach Ray’s Sufferings: Buller Marathon Here I Come

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Follow me on my Half Ironman marathon training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.

Well I’ve finally committed to an event and it’s the Buller Marathon. This event has always been on my to do list, but with it being slap bang in the middle of the triathlon season I’ve often forgone it in favour of focusing on a triathlon. With the various Half Ironman races I was lining up not occurring this season, it is the perfect opportunity to step in and do this event.
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