So October was all about Noosa and the build up to Challenge Shepparton. I was hobbled by calf and Achilles injuries again, which meant very limited running. Treatment included physio, dry needling and another review by the podiatrist. All measures to try to get me back running injury free as soon as possible. With Noosa triathlon now done and dusted, my focus is on the Challenge race in Shepparton then very quickly onto the 16 week run into Ironman New Zealand. Life is going to get very very busy over the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for updates.
But before all that, lets grab a coffee and stop for a quick moment to reflect and review my October training activities, it’s all about celebrating milestones, being grateful for the time and appreciating the sacrifice. In October I trained on 28 out of 31 days, training for a touch over 42 hours for the month, which is exactly on target for my goal of 42 hours in October. During October I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- October Distance Challenge – complete 57km finishing 80,550 of 152,056 participants (injury kept the volume low this month)
- October 10k Race – Complete 2 times, my best average pace was 4:34min/km, finishing 15,800 of 156,630 participants
- October Half Marathon Race – Incomplete this month.
- October Climbing Challenge – 243m/3,000m, finishing 53,704 of 77,637
- October Gran Fondo – 126km was my longest ride finishing 36,141 of 156,867 participants
- October Distance Challenge – complete 718km finishing 39,527 of 204,925 participants.
- October Climbing Challenge – 5,158m/9,000m finishing 64,452 of 146,414 participants.
The following is a summary of activities for October:
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 providing a good summary of the monthly totals:
October was a good consolidation month, if you missed my race review of the iconic Noosa Triathlon, you can find it here, this race should be on your bucket list, the atmosphere and venue are truly amazing!
So in November I am hoping to hit my annual goal on the bike and will probably increase or revise the goal to 7,000km for the year. I should also get pretty close to my running and swimming goals, injury and recovery my slow the progress toward my (already revised) running target. The goals are simple, train on every day (maybe 1 or 2 rest days close to Challenge Shepparton), average 10 hours per week and finish preparing my 16 week training plan through to Ironman New Zealand in March 2017.
The winter is but a long distant memory the training has been banked, summer is here and its time to start making withdrawals. Stay turned for other race previews, results and product reviews. The best form of training is often racing!
If you’re not active at the moment & need some inspiration, follow me on Strava, Instagram and like my facebook page and let’s get back out there swim, bike or running. The biggest regret we can have in life is to not TRI!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!