Monday, 25 November 2013

Official Training Starts Here

It's officially started, I'm back training hard-ish and best of all I'm recording the sessions on my Garmin. I bloody love stats. I only planned to do 3 or possibly 4 sessions but due to a cold and cough I was stuck on 2, but 2 is better than none.

18/11/13 - Turbo Session

This was just a simple session, spin the legs out and finish strong. I decided to put a DVD on to help with the pain, well this was really frustrating as the machine kept on freezing and skipping so I ended up getting off the bike twice so that's the dips in the graphs. It makes me mad when I have to do this as it disrupts the whole session and I need to find the rhythm again.

Session Details

19/11/13 - Turbo Session

Another simple session, but I managed to sort out the DVD player this time so no interruptions and I even had time to laugh on the turbo at the film (Wedding Crashers) so I obviously wasn't working hard enough. I started the session with an easy peddle out for 20 minutes and for the final 20 minutes I mixed it up with some interval stuff in a higher gear with a higher resistance. I was sweating by the end oft the 40 minutes, something I hadn't done for some time. I was loving it!

Session Details

Well the 1st week is over, I hit my objective of 2 sessions this week, don't want to push my body to much just yet, I'll wait for December to finish, t hen step it up. I'm looking to enter my first race of 2014 this week, the LCW (long course Weekend) Ironman distance race over 3 days on teh Ironman Wales course.. I cant wait and its going to give me the drive to keep training and get that step closer to Ironman Wales 2015.

I'm going to keep the blog at a high level until I get some serious training under my belt again.

Week Details
Duration : 01:20:08
Distance : 28.31km
Calories : 660

Monday, 18 November 2013

Enjoying Being Back

2 weeks back in training and I feel great... even more importantly my knee feel great! I the last 14 days I've turbo trained 9 sessions and all have been more intense than the last. I've gone from 20 minutes to 45 minutes and gone from a minor/none resistance to the top ring with a cheeky mid resistance.

I'm happy to start recording my training sessions from now on so I've dug out my brand new Garmin 910 XT that I had for my 30th birthday in April and get testing it out. I'm also going to invest in trainer road software to see what kind of wattage / power I'm pushing on the bike. It looks like something good to invest my money in as I love stats.

Other Good / Bad news is that Ironman Wales has now been fully booked up so there are no spaces left for me to enter. Its good news that I wont over train and feel that "inch" to enter and cut corners with my training, but bad news as I have to wait till 2015 definitely now! Looks like another event with the Compressport team in Tenby.

Keep an eye out for my sessions this week.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Operation "Come Back"

I'm nearly there, my knee seems to be coming back to normal well I mean pre op before injury I can't remember what it's like having a normal knee, no niggles, no Sharpe pains, no swelling...

Don't get me wrong I'm far from my A game but I'm constantly improving and I'm ready to commit to training again, only light duties for now but enough to get my HR up and in that fat burning zone.
It's been a massive 27 weeks since I was injured and 17 weeks since my op. I've been giving the all clean from the surgeon last week but the physio doesn't want me running just yet. 

To top it off I've put weight on since my surgery, I've tried my best to calorie manage while I was off my feet but the past 4 weeks since my new daughter was born that "calorie management" has gone out the window. I've put on a staggering 11 lbs in 27 weeks of no training which I'm happy with but also disappointed with. I suppose it will make it fun and give me a target.

I've decided to eat smarter, eat more vegetables and lean meats and drop the easy meals with process foods. I need to be organised with meal times so I'm planning our family dinner times with what's meals we want and make time to prepare the veg/meat so it's full of the right stuff and not the wrong.

I'm also going to commit to training, nothing massive just that little something to keep me interested and not affect the knee to much. I'm still icing my knee (not like a cake) but with ice packs to help reduce the swelling. I've got a new turbo so I'm looking forward to using that and I've managed to find a swim coach to (ironman pro I may add) so I can finally sort out my stroke efficiency and maybe work on bilateral breathing.

Winter seasons is all about the base and sorting out race plans for next season so over the next month I'll be blogging a lot more on training updates and plans for 2014.

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