Coach Ray’s Suffering: Dilemmas & Wairua Warrior Training

Rotorua marathon

I’ve still got no idea what I’ll do next. I’m keen to get up to Rotorua and offer to pace the marathon as I have done many times. I want to do the Christchurch marathon and/or the Wellington or Nelson marathons.  My best time of 3:00:20 was done in the Dunedin marathon.  If I target that, it gives me more time to train. I could focus on some half marathons for a bit and try and get my time down and run a PB (1:22 which I ran twice in 2005). I’m not sure what I want to do.  All of the above isn’t an answer I’d accept from my athletes so I won’t accept it from myself. Anyway this is the training I’ve been doing……..
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Coach Ray’s Suffering: All Good Things Must Come To An End

PMC

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

Buller Marathon

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: Earthquake Disruption

Half Ironman

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

As I touched on last week, BOOM…we got what has now been declared a 7.8 magnitude earthquake!!! That was a jolt of a start to the week. As such my week got thrown around a bit. My training wasn’t too successful, but I did force myself to get out the door and do something each day, sometimes it was just putting together the 30 minutes late in the day for the sake of getting something done. Continue reading “Coach Ray’s Sufferings: Earthquake Disruption”

7 Weeks to the Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Women’s Triathlon

Tri Training NZ

I’ve prepared a twelve week training programme to prepare you for the Jules Taylor Wines Women’s Marlborough Triathlon. Each Thursday I will post it here for you follow along with. This programme started Monday 5 September 2016. The first weeks of the programme can be found:

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8 Weeks to the Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Women’s Triathlon

Tri Training NZ

I’ve prepared a twelve week training programme to prepare you for the Jules Taylor Wines Women’s Marlborough Triathlon. Each Thursday I will post it here for you follow along with. This programme started Monday 5 September 2016. The first weeks of the programme can be found:

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