UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery

Hi blog followers

Welcome to my blog as I continue my journey towards the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week Coach Ray had planned my training based on recovery after finishing the IronMaori 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. However the week didn’t necessarily go to plan. Just prior to the IronMaori 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 increased every time I restarted running for the 9 minutes after the 1 minute of walking. So for the IronMaori 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.  This was not to be. As soon as I started my recovery week my tight thigh reduced my running to an incredibly slower pace. After letting Coach Ray know, he changed the game plan and substituted my run sessions with cycling. I was frustrated with myself, but that’s life and I’m not exactly 21 anymore, so injuries will occur.

To top it off, Mel and I moved into our new house we bought. For a break in unpacking boxes, I got up early on Sunday morning and completed Coach Ray’s 3 hour cycle training session he had scheduled for the day.  I realised I had just picked up a puncture as I returned up the driveway – bugger!

My tight thigh is slowly feeling better.  Sometimes when walking I can feel that it would problematic again if I were to leap into my running shoes. Patience Humps, patience.

This brings me to this week’s photo of the loaded truck with our second house move in as many months, but this time it is to our permanent residence and also a photo of my bike.  Looks like I better get used to it.

Stay tuned team as I head to the 5th event of 8 for my journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series, being the Port of Tauranga Enduro Half Ironman.

Regards John Humphries aka UltraHumps.

Humps will be writing weekly as he continues his journey raising funds for the Fallen Hero’s Trust

Read Humps’ article from last week here:

UltraHumps: IronMaori

And all his previous articles are stored here:


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