UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery

UltraHumps

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. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery”

UltraHumps: IronMaori

Iron Maori

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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”