Conway it is, or actually isnt

Managed a couple of decent ish runs this week, or at least decent to me.

 

Wednesday, did a 10k on the treadmill at the gym. That was after being blasted for an hour with my trainer on the kettlebells. He told me they’d take a fair bit of gas out of me, so guess you could look at it as a brick session, but without the bike!! Popped a gel before I started just to keep up the energy levels and it seemed to hit about 15 minutes in. Didn’t go particularly quick, just wanted to do the distance and see how I felt doing it. Felt nice and easy, and didn’t get any stiffness the next day either, so all good.

 

Did another run this morning, just short of 10k. Not quite sure on the speed as my Garmin decided it wasn’t going to find any satellites but it felt a good pace for me, and again, was comfy. Even been for a nice long walk this afternoon with the family and no problems with the legs, so quite happy at that.

 

If anyone is actually reading this and thinking that its only 10k, I know but I haven’t really run anything like that for a couple of months now so wanted to make sure I was ok doing it. I know that the IMUK is a tad longer but I’ve got another 9 months to get my running back up to scratch. And anyway, I’m more concerned about the bike than the run.

 

So, having spoken with the Fun Prevention Officer, I have a pass for 3rd November for the Conway Half Marathon. Just before I started typing this, I went onto the site to book my entry, and noticed its now on 24th November. I’m sure that it was on 3rd, so looks like it will be Capesthorne Hall now. Really fancied the Conway one having looked at it, but I just cant do that day so will have to do the other.

 

Will get my entry in and keep this updated on how I go.

DNF Reflections

Had a few days to look back on Sunday.

Was genuinely gutted about it. Guess that means that triathlon has got under my skin a fair bit now. Even though I only did the swin and 6 km of the bike, still took some positives out of it, and learnt a few more things.

The positives were my swim and what little of the bike I did. I knocked about 45 seconds off my swimming time so was pleased with that. I’m sure there is more to come there but it’s a good platform going into next year.

The bike is definitely my weakest part. Prior to this year, I’d not been on a bike for 30 years. I hired one from TriUK for the summer and then took up their upgrade offer to buy the Merida I have now. This was the first race that I’d used it in, and everything felt right. I’ve had a bike fitting a couple of weeks ago and think that this coupled with the differences in the new bike just gave me some speed and comfort. The speed and comfort then gave me some confidence and this just grew the further in I went.

There were a few occasions in the time I was out there where I saw a rider in front of me and I just thought to myself to try and pace myself to see if I could catch them up. Not only was I catching them up, I was passing them with some ease which I have never done previously, which just increased my confidence on the bike.

They were the positives. The lessons were the same old stuff. Not being organised and just trusting myself that I had got everything. Racking the bike then became a stress as I wasn’t sure what to put on the bike. In the end, decided to put spare inner tube in my bike top back pocket, which when I got the flat made me smile a little as I thought what I smartarse I’d been to put it in. However, that then lead to a bigger faff in the transition as I needed to put my cycle top on, and thought I’d save time by not drying my arms properly. A brief wrestle with the top and I ended up putting it down, drying myself and putting it on again. Only a few seconds but it just adds to the stress. The added stress also meant I didn’t take my Garmin off my wrist and put it on the bars which meant looking at my wrist for any information, not ideal.

Guess as long as I have learnt something from Sunday, it will have been worth it.

And anyway, City soon cheered me up that afternoon, hammering Stretford 4-1!!