UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery


Hi blog followers and welcome to my blog as I continue my journey towards the Cameron Brown Award and Iron Maori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week Coach Ray had planned my training based on recovery after finishing the Iron Maori Half Ironman. I always enjoy the recovery and tapering weeks, as it is not only a lower intensity to my normal standard training but a refreshing break. But the week didn’t necessarily go to plan. Just prior to the Iron Maori Half Ironman I had let Coach Ray know my left thigh was strained and constantly felt tight. Due to having historical calf strains Coach Ray has always had me running to a formula of 9/1 which means running for 9 minutes and walking for 1 minute. This has worked a treat and I haven’t had calf strains for years. However I found with my tight thigh the discomfort was higher every time I restarted running for the 9 minutes after the 1 minute of walking. So for the Iron Maori Half Ironman I just set a pace I knew I could maintain and ran throughout without stopping to ease the discomfort, which worked well. Having got through the event with relative minor discomfort, I thought with a couple of days off my thigh would be right. Not to be, as soon as I started my recovery week the tight thigh had me running at an incredibly slower pace. After letting Coach Ray know he changed the game plan and substituted my run sessions for cycling. I was frustrated with myself but that’s life and I’m not exactly 21 anymore, so injuries will occur. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery”

Mikes Middle Distance Magic: another week gone!

These weeks are flying by!  Only seems like yesterday I was writing this article for last week. Which got me thinking I best get the races booked for 2019, after all it will soon be Christmas!

Before I started training with Ray I had my plans set on a few races so I wanted to share with you two of them that are firmly booked and payed for with no turning back! Continue reading “Mikes Middle Distance Magic: another week gone!”

Thursday Training Plan: Did You Do IronMaori? Are You Stepping Up to Ironman?

Ironman Taupo

“Training for excellence, with excellent training.”

When you cross the finish line of your Ironman NZ, you will have accomplished something very special. You will have completed the modified IronMaori and stepped up and completed Ironman NZ.

Designed for Intermediate triathletes who are looking to complete Ironman NZ, the primary goal of this training plan is to continue to IMPROVE your fitness from where you were at for IronMaori. Continue reading “Thursday Training Plan: Did You Do IronMaori? Are You Stepping Up to Ironman?”

UltraHumps: IronMaori

Iron Maori

Hi blog followers

Another week down and another event (# 4) completed towards my journey of 8 events that make up the Cameron Brown Award and Iron Maori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

During the week Coach Ray had to juggle my recovery sessions after last weeks Around Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and taper me for this weeks IronMaori Half Ironman.  To top it off I had tightness in my left thigh which hindered running.  Talk about go from one injury to another.  I wasn’t too concerned as I found that by putting a compression sleeve on it I could still run, albeit at a slower pace.  I generally have a sports massage post events and pre events, so I mentioned it to my sports masseuse and he went to town on my thigh, leaving me wishing I said nothing as I was wincing with the pressure he was applying, but it worked a treat.  By the end of the week I could run on it with minor discomfort, so took my time knowing I had to battle out a Half Ironman on Saturday. Continue reading “UltraHumps: IronMaori”

Mikes Middle Distance Magic: The Early Bird Catches The Worm!

I’m abit late writing this weeks blog, sorry Ray it doesn’t give you much time to edit my spelling mistakes! Haha.

The main reason I’m writing this article Saturday morning is the last 5 or more weeks I just haven’t been doing the long session in the morning which has either resulted in me either having to do it on an evening when tired or more often than not resulting in me missing the session and leaving a big ugly red session on my Training Peaks account! Continue reading “Mikes Middle Distance Magic: The Early Bird Catches The Worm!”