Sunday, 22 June 2008

Weight Charts

You may have noticed that I've got the weight charts back up and running on the right hand side of the blog. Feel free to let me know if you've any questions \ comments \ etc.


Quiet weekend really, training wise. Had two games of football, one Saturday and one Sunday. Wasn't planning on playing on Sunday but got roped into it. Drew the first and lost (heavily) the second.

Main news to report though is that I got a dead-leg over the weekend which will no doubt hinder and training early this week. I'm not too impressed with that as I was planning on doing a 30 min run each day for seven days. Might have to start mid-week now instead.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Last week or so

Spent last weekend up in the lake district, doing a few walks. Lovely spot, would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Stayed in a nice B&B, which again would totally recommend. Done most of the walking on the Sunday and Monday, about 6 hours each day. First of the days was pretty hilly, while the second was more undulating.

Rest of the week was taken up with two cycles and a gaelic training. Done 50km cycle on Wednesday night, which I'm quite happy with. First 30km or so was done with two of the lads from here that are doing gael force. They went off for a run and I just continued on with the cycle. I actually haven't done any running lately, but plan on doing a week of thirty minute runs next week on top of anything else.

Then today, done a cycle at lunch with one of the lads from work. Started off slow enough, as we were going through town, but picked up the pace and came home with a respectable 26kmph average. My cadence is up as well these days, seem to be averaging around 84rpm, so hopefully going to bump that up a little bit in the next few weeks.

Got a game tomorrow. Hopefully goes well.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Should have stayed in bed

Went for a cycle at lunch yesterday with one of the lads from the office. Went well enough, and had the bright idea of leaving the car at work last night and cycling home, thereby forcing me to cycle into work this morning. Great idea in theory.

In practice, it worked out somewhat differently. Got home last night to be told that that weather forecast for this morning was rain. Woke up, looked outside straight away and seen the ground was dry. By the time I was ready to go however, the heavens had opened up...a serious deluge of water.
So I figured, in for a penny, in for a pound and hopped onto the bike. Went the way I was planning, about 25km's incorporating a fair chunk of the route I done at lunch yesterday. The direct cycle to work is about 7km for comparison.

The aim for the cycle this morning was just an easy cycle...keep the HR around 140bpm and the cadence as high as possible (at least 70rpm). Happy to say, I done both (139bpm & 77.9rpm). On the section of the route that overlapped between today and yesterday, 39mins vs 42 mins for the 16km's or so.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Race Report: Dorney Dash 2008

I entered this race at the last minute, the main reason being that I done it last year. Didn't really have any aims for it, which I think was a mistake given the outcome. I was actually slower than last year, by a good two minutes and roughly five minutes slower than the London 10k a few weeks ago. I just didn't seem to have it in me on the morning.

I was really struggling over the first two km, and stopped pretty much on the 2km mark. I knew it was going to be a mistake, but still had to stop. From then on, I was into a walk\run strategy. I initially aimed to keep my HR around the 155bpm - 160bpm mark, but found that my pace was pretty slow. So I then changed tact and went for an all-out burst followed by a rest. That strategy actually seemed to make me some ground on my peers.

However, I really found that tough towards the end. It was a glorious day and its a pity I didn't really enjoy the race that much. I had to talk myself out of quitting on a few occassion but thankfully got through it. Oh well, no doubt I'll do the race again next year.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Weight milestone

I crossed the 110kg mark on Friday which I'm quite happy about (based on my moving average weight). I haven't weighed myself on a different weighing scales in a while, but would be interested to see what the scales in the gym has to say for itself these days.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Weight Update: May 2008

Going in the right direction again, though I'm a bit worried about the accuracy of the scales!

03/06: 110.13kg
01/05: 112.37kg
01/04: 114.39kg
03/03: 114.04kg
01/02: 113.79kg
02/01: 115.64kg

Monday, 2 June 2008

80 minute runner!

I set off for my first run since the 10k tonight with the intention of doing a slow (155bpm or less) run around the block. Felt alright for the first 40 mins or so and was keeping HR in check so decided to keep going for the hour. The pace was quite slow, but my HR was usually in the 155bpm - 160bpm range which felt relatively easy (though had one or two tough patches).

To sum up, I done 80 minutes in total covering around 10.7km. Nowhere near a fast pace, considering I was about 14 mins fast at the 10km mark last week. Still, my average HR was much lower and its good to get the miles into the legs after doing absolutely nothing over the last week.