UltraHumps: Trip to Waimarama

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Welcome to my weekly blog for the Cameron Brown Award and the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series, as we head back into the working week for the start of the year after a couple of weeks break. Not a break from training, but a refreshing break from work.

As the second week of my Christmas and New Years break came to a close, I once again managed to complete all of the training planned by Coach Ray for my journey.  This week I managed to complete all but one on the allocated day. Christmas often means a switch around of days, whether it is due to visitors, resource availability such as swimming pool opening days, or other family commitments, but if I have to swap it around within the training week I still make sure the training gets done. To me, if Coach Ray is putting the effort into me, I need to front up and complete his training plan. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Trip to Waimarama”

UltraHumps: RFL Time Again

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Welcome to my weekly blog for my journey towards the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series as we head into Christmas week.

This week I proved myself to be injury free (touch wood). I have had a Physio appointment and my physio took little time to say she was happy with my previously reported injured arm and no further appointments were required with the Physio for my arm. Her main focus was to look at my strained thigh.  She gave me some excellent stretches to do. The problem really boils down to not being 21 anymore. There is a follow up appointment in the New Year, but in the interim my Physio has given me daily stretching to balance with Coach Ray’s Training Plans. Continue reading “UltraHumps: RFL Time Again”

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. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Time for Some Recovery”