Having been more than a little stressed over the past few days I must calm down as stress is not good in general but more specifically it’s not good for training. Also, I recognise that my blog has revolved mainly around household problems and I need to focus it more on training and performance. Not to say that I won’t mention the household stuff and on that note and missing out all the further problems, I switched the pump and heater on this morning for the pool and hope it will be ready to use within a couple of days. Hooray!
So to training. I didn’t actually get to do my turbo session on Tuesday but instead went out for a meal with Leigh. Nothing fancy, but since then I have had a dodgy stomach and on my early morning run on Wednesday I had to cut it short at 7 miles (I planned 8 or 9) as I needed to use the loo big time! Today (Thursday) I went for a lunch time run with Kevin and we planned a 7 mile steady run. The wind is howling and on the outward leg and it was really tough, whilst coming back we were being blown along at a rate of knots. In addition, the bad stomach surfaced and I had to make two very uncomfortable trips into undergrowth. One of my tips would be to never run without a small plastic bag containing some loo paper and a couple of plasters. Both of which I have had to call on during my time training for marathons. I slip the bag down the side of my underclothes for safe keeping and forget it’s there unless I need it or until I get back to shower and change.
Up to now I have been combining/juggling a marathon training plan and an Ironman training plan and it’s not panning out. Tonight Leigh is out so, I am taking the opportunity to properly plan the training for the two events and have it in a single written schedule. From them on I will stick to the plan quite rigidly, with the exception of when family or other immovable events take precedence. As I have said in earlier blogs, it is good to be focused but if you want to remain happily married and still be part of the family as well as have a bit of a social life, you must also be reasonably flexible.
I will probably have a rest day tomorrow as I am feeling tired and it should also give my stomach some time to settle down ready for a 3 to 3.5 hour ride on Saturday and a 15 mile run on Sunday.