Now that it’s only 100 days to go until my next race Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, I thought it would be good to reflect on the past year and my training progress to date and say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported me through my Pledgesports fund raising page.
Well what can I say, it’s been a strange year, but we remain positive with the main thing being that we are nearer the end of nationwide lockdowns and working from home. I have learnt a lot over the last 12 months and believe I have on the whole come through lockdown unscathed.
My mental capabilities are stronger than before, which is extremely important when training towards and competing in endurance events. I also learnt a few things on the mental health first aid course I attended during December 2020, a very worthwhile course my employer sent me on.
In addition to this, I am approximately 5 kg lighter than I was at the start of lockdown, noticeably fitter and feeling great ahead of my race or races (Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 June 13th/Ironman Duisburg -Germany- August 29th) this year, assuming they go ahead of course.
Below is a brief summary of my lockdown fitness regime.
- Last Year
I wanted to focus on some of my weaknesses, so I regularly worked on my flexibility with Yoga and stretching, alongside my cycling, running fitness, circuit training.
- End of 2020 – Running/cycling fitness
I finished the year feeling in excellent shape, cycling up to 90km/56m (half ironman distance, indoors) on New Year’s Eve, also building up my running fitness, my longest run was 2 hours, completing over half Ironman distance (21.1km/13.1m), on December 16th.
- Start of 2021
After working from home for the majority of 2020, my employer put me on furlough at the start of December. With the uncertainty over my work and race schedule for 2021, I wanted to make sure that I kept on top of my training and didn’t lose any focus or the hard earned fitness that I had won through consistency and dedication. It was also very important to keep my discipline and continue to support my mental health during these unprecedented times.
All being well, the swimming pools, gyms and leisure centers reopen on April 12th, this will give me 8 weeks to get my swimming fitness up to scratch, a challenge, but of course, one I am ready to accept 😊
- Bike adjustments
I have put in a large amount of hours training indoors on my watt bike, this has really helped me to focus on my position, also working towards building up my fitness and identifying a specific race pace. Indoor bike training isn’t for everyone, but I actually prefer it to being out on the road and all the distractions that this brings. There are a number of top pro Ironman triathletes that also share my opinion.
On March 4th I completed 54km/34m and on March 7th I completed 72km/45m, both at race pace. Which are substantially above my original target of 45km by the end of March 😊. To keep a consistent pace for a 90km/56m half ironman bike leg is quite difficult, so I am happy with the progress I have made so far, I can put this down to putting in a large number of hours on the bike, working out what a reasonable target is.
- Only 100 days to go – excited about racing
But with only 100 days to go, understatement of the year! Whilst I realize it isn’t a certainty, I am definitely feeling more confident that the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 will be going ahead on June 13th.
- Final word
I would like to thank you once again for your donation on my fundraising page When you believe in your own ability that is one thing, but when other people truly believe in you and your capabilities, that really is something, it gives you such a wonderful feeling. Oh and if anyone wants to join me in getting fitter, losing weight or training for their own event, you might want to check out my March special offer.
To help me to achieve my dream, to reach my full potential and qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Any financial assistance you can give by way of Sponsorship, will be greatly welcomed. Click here to donate to my pledgesports campaign