Tuesday 2 July 2013

Getting back on it

Recce of the part of the 10 Peaks route
Following my first 50 mile event in May, it's been a fairly quiet month or so and the time has come to step it back up in preparation for the 10 Peaks Challenge in early September.  

Getting back in to the training has been tough and I've been suffering with tight hamstrings and a lack of leg power.  I had some leg issues during the NDW50 and I knew I would need to spend some serious time working on getting more power in preparation for the amount of uphill work in the next event.  

For this reason I've engaged the help of a personal trainer specifically to help me with getting some strength and conditioning work alongside the same training programme I've been following.

The pain that is known as Jacob's ladder
To add some variety and for further leg power, I treated myself to a new road bike, which I've rolled in to my training, stepping it up another gear.   Getting out on some big distance rides (~40 miles) and running the same day is really giving me an additional boost to my legs, although fitting it all in with work is becoming a juggling act....thank goodness for the light mornings and evenings.

The next event has also just got a lot harder.....not only am I competing in the 10 Peaks Challenge, I have also entered in to the Brecon Beast Mountain Bike race (short course) which starts 5 hours after the cut off for the run.  That means potentially only 5 hours rest (and some sleep) between 89km and then a further 60km race.....should be an interesting challenge.

Before the 10 Peaks I've got the Summer Fan Dance in July and then the Brecon 10 miler in early August, which I'll complete with Nikki (or not as I have a habit of getting swept away at the start of a race).  Oh and just to keep things interesting, I've entered another 50 miler for 2014, the South Downs Way this time........I also quite fancy Comrades and UTMB next year but not sure I can squeeze it all in.  Anyway better get back to the training.....