So only a couple of weeks to go (9 weeks to be exact) to Port Macquarie Ironman and here I am lining up to do a couple of running races and some triathlons! Probably not what I need, but I’m approaching these with a different mindset, not necessarily to race as fast as I can, but to continue the layers of fatigue! Training through these races and racing them fatigued!
I have decided not to do a full blown taper at all for these races, some I intend to not even back off slightly, actually I may ramp things up if anything! I decided some time ago that the Gold Coast Sprint – Luke Harrop Memorial triathlon weekend would be my last EPIC weekend of training before the ironman. I have booked a couple of days off work and hope to get away from home for a mini training camp.
Here’s what I plan to do on this weekend:
I have always prescribed to the philosophy that the best form of training is racing. So the weeks coming up follow that philosphy pretty close. I have previously documented the runs and triathlons I am planning on doing during my preparations. I have already completed the first of these races and it hurt ALOT!
28/2/16 – Sri Chinmoy 15km at New Farm – Sri Chinmoy Races / New Farm complete in 1:22:51.
Sri Chinmoy, New Farm Park – 15km Official Results
So a brief run down on this event, I rode 65km before, deciding to do Mt Gravatt & Mt Cootha on the way into this event, elevation gain of a little over 800m. Arriving with exactly 15 minutes to the start of the run. Just enough time for a ironman transtion! My wife and alot of our friends from parkrun Capalaba were running also, so this was going to be a good day, regardless of the run, but becasue of the company!
65km warmup cycle – ironman climbing!
Sri Chinmoy 15km Run – Putting myself in the hurt locker!
The long slow aftermath – like watching a car crash, all in slow motion!
The temperature continued to rise during the run & I struggled running from 10km to 12.5 with the wind, the heat almost had me ready to pull the pin. Thankfully the encouragement of other runners & the breeze allowed me to struggle through to the finish! Those things and the thought of the famous pancake breakfast kept me going! If you’ve never run a Sri Chinmoy run, I recommend it, their pancakes are amazing!
So over the coming week I will continue on my merry way layering the fatigue through the following events:
6/3/16 – International Women’s Day fun 5km at Southbank – Womens day fun run
13/3/16 – Mooloolaba Triathlon 51.50 – Mooloolaba Triathlon 2016
20/3/16 – Twlight Running Festival Half Marathon, St Lucia – Twilight Run St Lucia
27/3/16 – Sri Chinmoy 15km at Shaw Park – Sri Chinmoy Races Shaw Park
10/4/16 – Luke Harrop Memorial Sprint Triathlon, Gold Coast – Gold Coast Triathlon, Luke Harrop Memorial
Obviously it all peaks with:
1/5/16 – Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie – Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie
I will be looking forward to my taper by the time Port Mac rolls around. Between now & then stay tuned for updates and report on my progress.
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!