Thursday, April 8, 2010
What a wonderful (Rest) day
The unscheduled rest day I took on Tuesday did me wonders and I feel fresh and motivated again. I also cut back on my Wednesday training and only did 3km swim instead of 4km and my run was 50 minutes instead of 1h15.
The only problem I am still having is the food craving but I am controlling it in some sort of way but not entirely. It's not that I am eating myself to death but it's just the occasional urge to have something sweet or salty. My weight is still fine and although I am not losing weight I am not gaining. It doesn't bother me to much as I don't want to loose more weight at this stage.
This mornings bike training session was a good one and as I posted on the blog a year ago I prefer the shorter harder session any day now instead of the long steady lower heart rate session.
The main set after the warm up was 2x2 minute all out with 15seconds rest in between followed by a 12 minute Time Trial. I had to do two sets of this. As it was an all out session my eyes weren't glued to the heart rate monitor and I focused on the wattage reading. Usually I need to monitor the heart rate and watts but today I concentrated on the power reading.
I was really happy that first of all I could maintain a higher power reading for the duration of the 2 minute and 12 minute periods than before and secondly I was happy as I could build the power towards the end and not fade.
During the final few weeks before an Ironman I book a massage once a week to help with the tired and tight muscles. This year I am using a physiotherapist in the town instead of going to the health spa and I am really impressed with him.
First of all he is close to the dealership which makes it easy to visit him but secondly he really knows what he's doing. Not the kind who just want to push needles into me or strap a machine onto the tired legs.
He works the muscles and this morning I could feel that my legs weren't sore and tight as it's been the past few weeks. He suggested that I come and see him twice a week instead of once a week to help me.
Right at the top is a picture of Eddy with his Triathlon jersey. Got it from Nina when we stayed with them last year in LA on our way to Kona. It was summer when we came back but know he loves it as I put it on before I take him out to do his thing at 4am in the morning. When he wears it he thinks he's the man and run around with a real attitude as if he can read the wording on it. Right at the bottom is a video of Eddy going crazy when I add chlorine to the pool.
Below is a picture I took as I left the pool Wednesday morning. The winter is really approaching fast and all the signs are there. I am used to start my training in the dark but now I also finish it in the dark.
The mist is also starting to make driving to work in the morning difficult. Same as every winter on the Highveld region. When the mist start to appear you know winter is here. Add to that all the cosmos plants next to the highway and you know you soon gonna freeze your bud off.
Swim: 1h06, 3km
Run: 51 min, 10km
Bike: 55 min, 35km