Coach Ray’s Sufferings: Consistency of Training
Follow me on my Half Ironman training and #100DaysOfTri journey’s concurrently. Here is how my week unfolded.
Unfortunately with the cancellation of the Wellington Half I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do with myself event wise.
I’m looking at potentially doing the Buller Marathon. This event has always held special place in my heart. It was possibly the first marathon I was ever aware of due to growing up on the West Coast. As I was born in Westport it would be good to go back and do the event one day. Hmmmm……something to ponder and maybe do. Alternatively Lake Wanaka Half Ironman is in the back of my mind as well.
#100DaysOfTri Day 31
I got out in the middle of the day down to the athletics track to run a MAF test to look at my Maximal Aerobic Function. The more consistent I can run this at a low HR the more efficient I am 🙂 looked pretty good from where I’m sitting. Read more about a MAF test here.
#100DaysOfTri Day 32
This is one of those days were you wish you got out and about earlier before the wind came up. However I still got out and got it done.
#100DaysOfTri Day 33
As I was taking a session this afternoon, I decided to jump in and push my client Ben along and make sure he got a quality workout. A tough session involving 2x 800, then 4x 400m then 5x 200m!!
The last day of Mo-vember so my moustache got shaved at lunch time.
#100DaysOfTri Day 34
Today got out and did my stock standard run route in the hills. I just love being up there. My thoughts roam free.
#100DaysOfTri Day 35
Recovery day today with some stretching.
#100DaysOfTri Day 36
After a busy day, I snuck out and got my standard 30min run in – not as much as I wanted to achieve but I’m glad I got something done. I extended my normal route by a block on the way back just to make sure I got a good 30 minute run in.
#100DaysOfTri Day 37
Went for a slog up the hill, ALL the way to the top. Other than mountain biking down from the top on my way back from another hill I’ve never actually ran all the way up here. This route goes straight up!! Over 100m vertical climb inside the first kilometre. Then the second kilometre there is another 140m more. The third kilometre goes up 167m and the final 500m to the summit is at 12.4% gradient. An average of 14.1% from home to the summit!
Once there I had a really good chat with the guy that mans the lookout watching for fires. I think he is pretty lonely up there, and was hanging out for someone to talk to. I felt bad making my polite get away to run home. Despite starting the run in beautiful sunshine, it closed in quickly and whilst talking to him, the cloud would raise and lower a few times, giving a glimpse of the view that is obtained on a nicer day.