May was a make or break month for me, with my next race in early June, it simply had to be a good solid month. The focus was disciplined consistency. I am now inside the final two weeks to Cairns Ironman (Ironman number 2 for 2017 & number 4 total) and am very excited to be returning to the venue of my very first ever ironman, way back in 2015 (it seems a lifetime ago). My race preview will be up sometime next week, stay tuned! I head into June full of confidence, as May ticked all the boxes I wanted. My distance may have been down a touch, but the intensity compensated for it!
Lets not waste any more time, lets grab a coffee and stop for a quick moment to reflect and review my May training activities, this is all about celebrating milestones, being grateful for the time and appreciating the sacrifice. In May I trained on 30 out of 31 days, training for a touch over 43 hours for the month, which is right on track for my desired 10 hours per week. We are now in the end of Autumn and Winter has arrived, it is darker & colder in the mornings and evenings and harder to stay motivated.
During May I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- May Distance Challenge – complete 164km finishing 28,095 of 145,005 participants
- May 10k Race – Complete six times, my best average pace was 4:23min/km, finishing 10,139 of 165,689 participants
- May Half Marathon Race – Complete twice this month, my best average was 4:51min/km, finishing 8,550 of 101,408 participants
- May Everest Climbing Challenge – 1,023m/3,489m, finishing 35,907 of 77,127 participants
- May Gran Fondo – 164km was my longest ride finishing 30,305 of 211,211 participants
- May Distance Challenge – complete 756km finishing 65,507 of 222,155 participants.
- May Everest Climbing Challenge – 5,243m/8,848m finishing 97,715 of 170,777 participants
I love that these challenges give me something fun to watch and monitor during the heavy loads of training. During May they provided the perfect motivation to get out there ticking over the k’s and hours as I draw closer to my next Ironman.
The following is a summary of activities for May, disciplined consistency was the goal:
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 total:
May saw the perfect weather for most of the month, with temperatures only starting to get cold really late in the month! During May my running really ramped up and the best part was I did it almost pain (injury) free. Obviously with all running there is an element of pain, but I was super excited to get through without injury! As you can see above I ran a total of 163km, which included a 10km PB just before my birthday and a 5km parkrun PB only a couple of weeks later. Running a sub 20min 5km is a very satisfying goal and I believe it hurts more than running a marathon! I found a rich vein of running form during May and can only hope that I can carry it through to the Ironman!
I chose not to race during May, instead focusing on just banking the required & planned training sessions. Balancing family time, yard work and Ironman training is no mean feat, but we make it happen as best we can!
I am over the moon with my progress through May. I have stuck to my plan and believe that the consistency has me well prepared for Cairns Ironman on the 11th June 2017. Training Peaks has proved a very useful tool in managing and balancing my training and fatigue levels. The performance management charts in Training Peaks is an awesome tool to try to monitor the fatigue, form and fitness. As can be seen below, my fatigue levels started rising toward the end of the month, coinciding with a focus on intensity in my training session.
Training got harder and harder throughout the month, starting in the dark and even getting home before sunrise. The training required plenty of discipline and motivation to stay the course and get the job done.
The Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie cause some serious #FOMO issues, but I enjoyed tracking a heaps of friends during the race. They had some perfect conditions to race in, I can only hope and wish for something similar when I get to Cairns.
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Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!