Monday, 26 November 2012

Week 46 - Still Not Right



19/11/12 - Turbo Session

After the rest day yesterday I was keen to get the legs spinning again, it was a tough race on Saturday as it was so wet under foot so it was nice.. well kind of nice to be training inside on the turbo.

I wanted to get into the training zone and just stay on that thresh hold as I race on Saturday so I don't want to work to hard, give my legs a chance to recover.

I got into Zone 3 relatively quickly and by the end of the session I was in Zone 4, if I went for longer I think i would have hit zone 5 just like my run on Saturday so I'm glad I got off when I did.


Work rate on the cadence front was relatively low, a simple session to spin out the legs and flush out any lactic left from the weekend.




Session Details
Duration 00 45 01
Distance 11.30 Miles
Calories 658


20/11/12 - Rest Day

21/11/12 - Turbo Session

Not feeling to sharp today, and this session was a sluggish one. All I could manage was 30 minutes, until I felt unwell. Just a simple 30 minute free ride on the turbo.



I got off after 30 minutes and decided to have a longer break from training, I need it t get my head back on for the new 2013 season.

Session Details
Duration 00 30 00
Distance 6.47 Miles
Calories 338


22/11/12 - Rest Day

23/11/12 - Rest Day

24/11/12 - Rest Day

25/11/12 - Rest Day

Week 46 Totals
Cycling - 17.76 Miles
Running - 0  Miles
Swimming - 0 Meters  

Monday, 19 November 2012

Week 45 - D & V You Best Stay Away



12/11/12 - 18/11/12

No training this week due to a lovely virus I picked up and had me laid low for the week. I look forward to Mondays nights session... maybe!


Week 45 Totals
Cycling - 0 Miles
Running - 0  Miles
Swimming - 0 Meters  

Friday, 16 November 2012

Amphibia X-Bag Triathlon - Review



Do you find yourself carrying a massive see through box into transition with all your triathlon gear, some stuff you always use some stuff you never use. Do you try and balance it on your handle bars while pushing your bike and keeping it all balanced.. one small move and it all crashed on the floor.. well I know I've been there so I was looking for something to make that journey to transition that little bit easier!

Look no further, I have the answer and it comes in the shape of the Amphibia X-Bag!

A very nice gentleman at Amphibia Sport sent me one of there X Bags to try out and I can only complement this piece of kit. First impressions are how good this bag looks, it is an attractive looking messenger bag, it comes in 2 colours and both have a lovely finish.

As soon as you put it over your shoulder, its a cracking fit, there is no uncomfortable-ness on the strap as it has a strap protect so you can move it to fit your size, this also included the length of the strapping so it can cater for tall and short people.




When you pick the bag up you know its built well, its built to last, not just one season too. I have used it this triathlon season and now I'm using it as a hold all when I'm away with work too. The water proofing on the bag is excellent as you know the UK weather is wet nearly all 12 months of the year so its a must that your kit stays dry and the handy clip work in two ways. The first is to keep the bag closed so nothing falls out when your on the go and the second, is to keep the bag open in transition. Which is brilliant, no fiddling with the bag in transition for you kit as the bag is open ready, with dry kit for you to make your transition slick and smooth.



The bag has plenty of space inside so people who like to pack everything including the kitchen sink, there is room to accommodate. It is also helped me cut down the amount of kit I need for transition, which give me less to tamper with pre race so I can get focused for the days racing. Inside the bag in the genius part, there is a waterproof section for your wet suit post race, and this saves all your other gear getting soaked through, you can keep this area/bag in the main hold all or you have the option to remove it. Its simple Velcro-ed in place. The second part of the genius inside the bag is the transition mat, I know I always end up with stones inside my shoes which is quite uncomfortable for the bike and for the run so the change mate helps limit the chances of picking up gravel in transition and lets you wipe and dry your feet in a comfortable environment.



These photos show the wetsuit and transition mat removed from the main X Bag, its really easy to add and remove the internal bag and mat.


The external of the transition bag, has a large netting panel which you can store your race hydration in, I managed to get 2 race bike bottles in no trouble and my other bottle was stored on my bike. No worries about forgetting my race hydration there. The other end of the bag is another amazing idea, its a Velcro setup which lets you store your helmet on. The amount of people I've seen struggling into transition, and end up dropping there helmets by showing stewards there kit numbers is huge so this simple idea on the side of the Amphibia bag is amazing.



Simple and effective helmet carrying straps (above) and netting for hydration bottle storage (below)



Now down the last bit of storage for the Amphibia X-Bag is a nice little finish, as most triathlons are early morning races on the weekends, I have set my alarm 5am, slipped out of bed and left the family fast asleep when I go off to race. I take my car and I have no one to leave my car keys with, well they have even though of that in the X-Bag. The shoulder strap has a compartment for your keys or other belongings that you want to keep safe. It has has small and sleek storage compartment which will keep your items dry and safe while your off racing.



All I can say is great things about this bag, If your looking for a bag to replace your massive transition box, which has stuff you will never need in, and will keep your kit dry and safe on race day then look no further. The Amphibia team can even customise logos on the bag for clubs and races so its definitely worth a look.

Thanks Adrian and good luck with the future of Amphibia, its a cracking product line so you have nothing to worry about!

You can buy your x-bag from HERE

Monday, 12 November 2012

Week 44 - On The Road

05/11/12 - Turbo Session
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/241094789

06/11/12 - Turbo Session
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/241094785

07/11/12 - Turbo Session
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/241295251

08/11/12 - Brick Session



I was away with work so I had the ideal opportunity to get a long session in and not feel guilty about not spending time with my family. It was always going to be a brick session, just needed to firm up the duration.

There was some proper "meat heads" in the gym, doing one squat with all the weights and then spent 15 minutes chatting to the girls. Real athletes...

Session Details
Duration  01 20 00
Distance 20 Miles

09/11/12 - Rest Day

10/11/12 - Endurance Life Gower 10km - Race Report HERE

11/11/12 - Rest Day

Week 45 Totals
Cycling - 44.65 Miles
Running - 9.18 Miles
Swimming - 0 Meters

Monday, 5 November 2012

Week 43 - New Plans (#Turbovember)


29/10/12 - Rest Day

30/10/12 - Turbo Session

Final turbo session before #Turbovember kicks off, and it was hard work to get out on the bike after a long day in work and eating dinner so late I just wanted to drop in my bed but the bike was calling.

A very light and lack luster performance on the cadence front!



Session Details
Duration 00 35 04
Distance 10.27
Max HR 135 BPM
Average HR 112 BPM
Max Cadence 78 RPM
Average Cadence 88 RPM
 
31/10/12 - Rest Day

01/11/12 - Turbo Session






Typical that may battery has passed away on my cadence monitor on my Garmin so I'm just training via the heart rate this evening. I had to make an effort for the 1st day of #Turbovember and clocked in a 45 minute session.

Its cold in the garage, but I thought if I work hard I'll soon warm up and the quicker I do the session the quicker I can get back into the warm house.

A simple session, peddle fast for 45 minutes in a high to middle gear, find that rhythm and stay there for the duration.

Session Details
Duration 00 45 00
Distance 15 Miles
Max HR 127 BPM
Average HR 113 BPM

02/11/12 - Turbo Session



After a long day in the office and a belly full of dinner this was the last place I wanted to be. After starting the journey so positive yesterday, this was such a different situation.

I was only up for the minimum possible session 30 minutes and off to bed before I fall off the turbo. Low gear, low cadence, low miles.


At least the cadence was consistently low..

Session Details
Duration 00 35 01
Distance 9.46
Max HR 119 BPM
Average HR 107 BPM
Max Cadence 74 RPM
Average Cadence 82 RPM

03/11/12 - Turbo Session

Big session today, after the yesterday weak attempt of a turbo session, I was in it for the long haul today, 90 minutes was required.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/240440333

04/11/12 - Turbo Session

Another big session today!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/240440320

Week 43 Totals
Cycling - 77.29 Miles
Running - 0  Miles
Swimming - 0 Meters 

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