OK, so this is a little late, but I believe better late than never. I am actually using this blog as one way to deal with the post ironman blues! It is my review, reflect & plan to keep moving forward! being in recovery phase is tough, physically & mentally! So let’s reflect:
In April I trainined for 26 out of 30 days, taking 4 rest and recovery days (not bad considereing there was a 7 day taper to IMOZ). I trained for a touch over 60 hours for the month of April, which happens to be my biggest moth of 2016. During April I finished (or attempted to finish) the following strava challenges:
- New Balance Spring Distance Challenge – 96miles finishing 19,102 of 115,234 participants
- Strava half marathon – (completed 3 times) 6:08min/km pace finishing 28,400 of 81,704 participants
- Strava 10km – (completed 6 times) 5:04min/km finishing 34051 of 143662 participants
- April Gran Fondo – 213km was my longest ride finishing 6,512 of 197,498 participants
- April Climing Challenge – 5024m climbed finishing 104,473 of 209,178 (missing the target of 5500)
- April Distance Challenge – 809km finishing 48,772 of 256,451 participants
Following is a summary of activities for April and a total distance for all three disciplines for April (leading into my second ironamn):
The following little chart is from my excel spreadsheet I use to track volumes & hours, it helps me stay on track for my annual goals, also giving a good summary of the monthly totals:
With my 2nd ironamn on 1st May 2016, Ironman Australia at Port Macquarrie, now behind me I had prepared for May to be a very gentle & light on month. Even with an additional 12 months under my belt, recovery from ironamn still takes time, possibly 4 to 6 weeks for me! I mean I wont stop everything completly, but the load is a lot harder to manage during this recovery phase. It is really easy to resume too soon and find myself injured, fatigued or hurt. I bloged about this very topic last year:
So May & June will be gentle gentle gentle months, with simple goals of re-building and reviewing my goals for the up coming summer and 2017. Currently I have only vague ideas & plans on what I what to do & where I want to race. So I need to take some time to sit, assess and evaluate where I am going & what I want to do and how that fits with the puzzle of family & work! Who knows what I am going to do. No doubt that process will be the topic of a future blog.
In the mean time, I hope you are enjoying my journing into the world of long distance triathlon, I know that I am loving evey race and only wish I had the gumption to attempt something like this in my younger years.
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!