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”

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

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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 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: Taper Time

Ultra Humps
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Welcome to my weekly blog – UltraHumps journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.  This completes my final week of standard training from Coach Ray as we head into the tapering period leading up to the second event of the eight events I have for this challenge, being the IronMaori Quarter Ironman in Napier, having previous completed the Taupo Half Marathon as the first event.

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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.

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UltraHumps: Melbourne Calling

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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 last week has seen me visit the Physio who had me do a range of movements whilst studying my shoulder.  When I explained where the pain or discomfort was, she advised me not to worry about that.  Pain doesn’t necessarily come from where it is injured. After almost an hour long session and tape in place, with a whole lot of exercises to do for strengthening I was on my way with a follow up appointment after the upcoming ultrasound. So it will be interesting to see how it develops so Coach Ray can get me back into swimming.

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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”