Nervous Times

24 02 2011

Nervous times now! I’ve linked my twitter feed to my facebook page which means that when I publish this post it will eventually be seen by friends on facebook. I haven’t told my friends about my blog, if I’m honest because I know they will take the p*ss! So come on do your worst!

Biked into work and home tonight again, pretty uneventful trips. Although I registered a PB time of 1:14mins for the return leg. Going to add a loop on next week to increase the distance slightly, I’m not sure where though.

Interval training in the gym tomorrow night and I’m going to try and get up for an easy turbo session in the morning but we’ll see, I didn’t make it out of bed on Wednesday morning so watch this space!

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Look At This Guys Leg!

22 02 2011
I commuted to and from work today in an effort of increase my milage on the bike. Felt a bit strange after my crash last week, I kept expecting the bike to disappear from underneath me again, but it didn’t. By the way take a look at this photo from the indoor cycling world championships:

Splinter through leg

The guy has a 7inch splinter from the wooden track straight through his calf! I hope this doesn’t appear sick, I do feel for this man and imagine how much bottle it must take to get back on a bike and race again. This makes my fall seem very insignificant.

Ok, early start tomorrow, going to try for an easy ride in the morning and then club run tomorrow night, can’t wait. I’ll let you know how I get on.

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OUCH My Hip Hurts!

19 02 2011

This was supposed to be published on the 17/02/11.

The club run went well last night although I could of done with it being a bit longer, 6.5 miles isn’t bad though.  I kept a decent pace and my legs felt quite good.  In my last post “Hot Chocolate Before Bed?” I said that I had started a training program for time trial cycling to try and improve my speed on a bike, which is quite gruelling, but my legs felt great even after the training session on Tuesday night.

I’ve been trying a recovery shake after my evening training sessions and after my first few days of it all seems well, very well in fact. It seems to be giving me the best chance of recovering well before my next session.

Ok, disaster struck on my way home tonight! I came off my bike and hit the ground hard. I must of hit a patch of oil on the road as I rounded a bend and my wheels just went from underneath me. I landed on my left hip and slid on the road a bit. I never fallen off a road bike before, usually when I’ve come off a mountain bike you can tell when your going to hit the deck, no such look tonight. Ouch my hip hurts!!

I Need to Eat More!

13 02 2011

I managed to fit in a decent 7 mile run of Saturday afternoon between walking the dog twice and laying a floor in my new garage. And after not being able to record my interval session from Friday night I was eager to get another run downloaded. I decided to do a favourite run, the Duckpond with a small loop on it. I knew my legs were tired so I just wanted to take it easy and cruise around it, which I did. I got my head up and peered into the fields. I got home and downloaded the run and to my surprise I had managed an average of 7:30 miles with a low HR of 152 bpm average. I was so pleased with that! At the beginning of the year I remember struggling at 8 min miles. I worked hard throughout January and now I can see improvement!

Ok, so over the last 7 days I have completed 8 activities. I have ran around 23 miles and cycled 73 miles. I have burned 6846 calories during exercise. I you remember I said I have been recording what I have been eating throughout the week and the results are in… Drum role… On average I consume around 2000 calories which is about right maybe slightly under what I need if I was not training which explains why I’m hungry a lot, and loosing weight.

Conclusions: I need to eat more… Great!!

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I Prefer Food Over Petrol. FACT!

11 02 2011

I didn’t run last night but yesterday I commuted to work and back on my bike.  For those who have read my previous blogs you will know that on the way into work I hitch a ride with Kim so that I don’t have to cycle all the way in on a morning.  Yesterday was the first in a few months that I all the way home and it was the first time I had done it with my Garmin recording stats.  It makes for some interesting reading… well it does for me anyway.

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What was interesting for me was the amount of calories burnt getting home, 1800 cal, wow!  So if I was to cycle into work and home I would burn nearly 4000 calories a day.  That is an amazing amount of calories but is it practical?  I would definitely prefer to pay for more food to fuel me, rather than pay to put fuel in my car and that is a fact!!

Just out of interest I stumbled onto a blog called bicycle design where the author (James) brings up the argument whether or not bike design needs to change to offer more variety to cycle commuters.  If you are at all interested in this sort of thing it’s definitely worth a read.

welleb82 on Twitter

5 02 2011

Good easy run this morning after the tough session last night.  I used this run just to boost my milage which was 22miles for the week.

The trouble is my commitments to both of my football teams means I struggle to fit in a long run on a weekend, although I am still getting a decent workout I’m worried that during the later stages of a race I might strruggle to keep my goal pace.

Anyway, goals for next week:

  1. Early morning turbo training session Monday
  2. A commute into work on my bike
  3. And the usual tempo and interval sessions

I am now on twitter, follow me @welleb82.  I will be tweeting about my training sessions and any comments will be welcome… Unless they’re mean, haha.

The Question is…

28 01 2011

Hi everyone.

So after a day’s rest my legs felt very un-rested, just in time for tonight’s hard interval training session.  I completed the scheduled 5 x 1k intervals @ 1/2 marathon goal pace with 1 minutes recovery between.  Have a look and see how I did Untitled by welleb82 at Garmin Connect – Details.

On an entirely different note, what is happening to the price of petrol?!  This time next year I’ll not be able to afford to drive.  So whats the alternative?  Cycling…

I bought a bike to attempt to commute to work on a year ago but the problem is that I live in the rural North East of England and live around 2o miles from my place of work, that’s a 40 mile daily commute.  So here’s the question I would like to ask to readers.  Do you think it is possible to commute to work say twice or three times a week, continue training for my goals this year without burning out?  Send your answers on a postcard…  Or add a comment, I’m genuinely interested if anyone else does the same or similar.

Anyway, good night.

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