UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery


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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”

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

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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”

UltraHumps: Round Taupo

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

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 I have continued with Coach Ray’s training regime to get ready for the third event of eight for the journey.  My arm appears to be all good, well getting there lol, as the week before last I managed to return to swimming with both arms, but wore short training swim fins throughout.  This wasn’t so much for speed, but more for buoyancy.  In the weeks training just gone, I ditched the fins and only used them for Coach Ray’s drill/swim activities. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Round Taupo”

UltraHumps: Time to Buy a Lotto Ticket


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I’ve been reading the articles of the other blog writers with interest and can relate to: what to write, or the struggle with staying in Coach Ray’s training zones, or missing a training session and how you beat yourself up over it, or training with an injury. Trust me I can relate to all the articles and they are truly inspirational, so keep them coming. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Time to Buy a Lotto Ticket”

UltraHumps: Event # 2 of 8 complete – Iron Maori Quarter Ironman

Hi blog followers and welcome to my weekly blog.

Coach Ray had me back in the pool on Monday this week to see how my injured shoulder would stump up and it didn’t play the game.  A visit to the Physio with some more stretching to get into it afterwards, and a massage from my sports masseuse must of worked as I’ll explain later in this blog. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Event # 2 of 8 complete – Iron Maori Quarter Ironman”

UltraHumps: The Training Continues

Hi blog followers and welcome to another weekly blog of my journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week has seen me training full time back in the good old outdoors which I love. Due to work commitments requiring me to head to Waiouru in the latter part of the week I had to get up extra early the day I left to make sure my training was done as Coach Ray had me upping the tempo for reps on the bike. I didn’t have space in the vehicle to take the bike with me so it was an early start.

Continue reading “UltraHumps: The Training Continues”

UltraHumps: A Game Of Two Halves

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I thought I’d aptly call this blog “A Game Of Two Halves”!

As reported in previous blogs I trained whilst on holiday in the USA, but primarily trained using gym equipment to avoid the heat, particularly in the Nevada Desert of Las Vegas.  But once I returned I found the belt driven equipment of a treadmill and utilising an exercycle is not the same as hitting the roads, and I found my first week back on the roads leaving me wondering what the point was of using gym equipment as I struggled to find form in the outdoors. Continue reading “UltraHumps: A Game Of Two Halves”