By Rob Cummins

12 weeks to go

 

Getting ready for bed on Thursday Ais asked me “What’s on your plan for tomorrow?”
“I’m down to swim” I answered “but I’m really tired. Maybe I’ll sleep on instead and skip it” I added hopefully.

What I was thinking was ” I don’t want to” the voice in my head sounded like a petulant child.
I waited for Ais to tell me to take it easy, rest, sleep in, you need it, it’s been a good week so far, you’ve worked hard and deserve a lie on.
What she actually said was…
“Tell it to the guy who gets your Kona slot that you were tired and skipped your swim”
I knew she was right and I sheepishly resolved to get up and go to the pool.
But then eight hours later when the alarm went off I failed. I knocked it off telling myself I’d swim in the evening after work.

But I never swim after work so I knew it was bullshit.
It turns out I was right about it being bullshit. And I didn’t swim in the evening. In fact I compounded the failure by ordering pizza on the way home from work for dinner.
So that was how Friday went. Read on for the rest of the week…

Monday 7 2:35 (1)

Run 2:35 29k
Planned session: 2.5 hours to include 4×15 minutes tempo with 3 minutes jog recovery.

I was worried that the hamstring pull from last week would resurface today and scupper another long run. I started out running easy and stayed on grass. I gradually built up the pace and at the one hour mark I headed out onto a tarmac lap to see if I was able to pick up the effort and do the session I was down for.
I decided to build the pace very

 

  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 9/10
  • Work 6 hours
  • Sleep 9.5 hours. Good.

Tuesday 8 4:35 (1)

Bike 4:35 107k

  • Energy 8/10
  • Motivation 10/10
  • Work —
  • Sleep 8 hours

Wednesday 9 6:50 (2)

Bike 6:15 140k
Run :35 6.5k off bike


Thursday 10 3:50 (1)

Bike 3:50 85k

  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 8/10
  • Work —
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Friday 11

Off training see the intro…


Saturday 12 :50 (1)

Run :50 8k easy

  • Energy 6/10
  • Motivation 5/10
  • Work 7 hours
  • Sleep 6 hours. Disturbed/poor

Sunday 13 2:55 (2)

AM: Run 2:30 30k negative split second hour at IMRP
PM: Bike :25 8.5k easy commute/recovery

  • Energy 7/10
  • Motivation 8/10
  • Work 5 hours
  • Sleep 7 hours broken.

  • Total 21:35 (8)
  • Swim —
  • Bike 15:05 340.5k (4)
  • Run 6:30 73.5k (4)

This week will see Ironman come to town and as the official bike partner we will be crazy busy, particularly at the end of the week. So the plan is to get as much of the training done before Friday as possible.


Monday 14 3:40 (1)

Bike 3:40 107.5k

 

 

 

Energy 8/10
Motivation 10/10
Work —
Sleep 8 hours. Good


Tuesday 15 3:05 (2)

Run 1:15 15.5k
Felt great on the run.
PM Swim 1:50 5000m

The swim was a typical “Patrick” session. He said we were doing a 30 minute time trial. Which for some reason I took to mean that the total swim would be 3-4k. So I emptied the tank on the TT thinking that I would maybe have a 1000m cool down. Patrick however had other ideas and he proceeded to kick the everliving shit out of me for another 2500 meters. I was hanging so badly at the end I could hardly pull myself up out of the pool.

Related: 100 x 100’s a first timers 10k race report

Energy 9/10
Motivation 10/10
Work —
Sleep 9 hours. Good


Wednesday 16 2:00 (1)

Bike 2:00 40k trails and gravel, easy recovery ride

  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Work 9 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours, good

Thursday 17 1:20 (1)

Run 1:20 16k inc hard intervals

  • Energy
  • Motivation 2/10
  • Work 9 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours. Good

Friday 18 —

Off
Ironman Dublin 70.3

  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Work 12 hours
  • Sleep 8 hours

Saturday 19 —

Off
Ironman Dublin 70.3

  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Work 11 hours
  • Sleep 7 hours

Sunday 20 —

Off
Ironman Dublin 70.3

  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Work 12 hours. 4am start
  • Sleep 5 hours

  • Total 10:05 (5)
  • Swim 1:50 5000 (1)
  • Bike 5:40 147.5k (2)
  • Run 2:35 31.5k (2)
  • S&C —
  • Work 53 hours