The Outlaw – Course Record

Just before the start of my Berlin prep Andy was contacted by Dan from Langdale Lightweights who were putting together a ‘Dream Team’ to represent the Karen Green Foundation with a view to setting a new course record at The Outlaw, having narrowly missed it in previous years. This is a long distnce (Ironman distance) triathlon with a 2.4M swim, 112M bike & 26.2M run based at Holme Pierrepont. As I’d be looking at 25-30 miles that day anyway with it being 9 weeks to Berlin we agreed we could fit this into my plan & settled on a ~2:30 agreed marathon time to bring the team home. So a hard training run rather than a race, but a weekend that warranted a separate post! Continue reading

A steady week in the sun

After the troubles with my knee we decided to keep things in check for another week, so after the hilly Rugby HM last Sunday this was a week of more steady running with a few pick-ups included to keep things ticking over knowing that the week would be finishing with a quality long run at the Outlaw on Sunday. Continue reading

Through the first minor blip

So the slight tightness in my knee became quite painful, & although still able to run it got progressively stiffer after & clearly wasn’t right. I therefore eased right off so as not to carry the issue further into a more important stage of the training. Plenty of self massage, mobilising the joint & generally being careful meant by Thursday afternoon I had a pain free run. Continue reading

Gradual progression towards the target

Andy is definitely keen to ensure I don’t peak too soon & is holding back some of the sessions so we can try & ensure I continue to build fitness throughout the block of training. Busy weekend really took its toll early in the week as I was shattered, very frustrating to have tiredness holding me back rather than fatigue from training! That should be a rarity in this build up though. Continue reading