Post marathon training week

I thank you for your comments referring to my last entries about the London Marathon and how it was my most enjoyable.  I reckon the conclusion of it all is that competition in life exists and the ‘establishment’ should not try to sanitise school activities so that everyone is a winner, as this just leads to disappointment later in life when kids enter the real world.

However, whilst competitiveness is important there is also a need for good sportsmanship and respect for the ‘better man’ which then gives drive and incentive to improve and win, but not at any cost!  As with all things in life there’s a balance and the trick is to strike the balance so that as an individual you benefit.  I could scribe for hours on this topic but I’ll leave it there and move on.


Hyponytremia causes death at the London Marathon

Not sure if I mentioned this before but The London Marathon had its usual share of roadside injuries, cramp, dehydration, twisted ankles etc. in fact 5,000 roadside treatments.  In addition, there were 73 hospital cases and 1 death.  Don’t get all excited about sport being dangerous as any crowd with as may people as the number of London entrants would have a death in it somewhere.  It’s just a statistics thing.  However, the death was unusual in that the deceased was young, in his early twenties and it was through Hyponytremia, or to you and me, the lack of sufficient sodium (salt) in his body to sustain proper function.  It is an ever increasing occurrence now that endurance sport is appealing to the masses and they undertake these physically tough feats without either the proper training or the proper preparation.  The guy who died though was a physical training professional which surprises me although, I believe it was his first marathon.  It goes without saying that it is a tragic end to such a young life and whilst I would of course highlight the many huge benefits that exercise can bring it should be approached properly.  Any challenge that you set yourself must be approached with the full understanding of the risks and the work required to reduce the risks to a minimum completed.


Back to Ironman training

So, after London on Sunday I was in the pool Monday morning for a 2,250 metre swim before work and a very steady run at lunchtime.  I met with one of the fairer sex from an associate company, hi Natalie, and we did a very nice 3 mile run.  Tuesday through to Thursday was the usual swim, bike and run sessions fitted in around work and then Friday was a well deserved rest day.  I must admit the week’s sessions were based on a recovery plan and from the physical viewpoint it worked.  However, after my session on Saturday, which was a 50 mile ride I did have two afternoon naps totalling about 90 minutes.  I was feeling quite tired and the naps helped.  Leigh is so very understanding and anyone entering endurance racing needs the huge support that is required by their family and friends.  Without this support your goals are unachievable!

My Saturday ride ended up with me riding to a friend’s house, Steve S via an 18 mile scenic route and then riding with Steve and Stuart, another friend, and 2 other guys around a gloriously scenic rolling route before riding home to get in 48 miles.  Steve, Stuart and friends are training for various events including The London Triathlon so they did the ride and a 3 mile run.  Anyhow, 50 miles under my belt and then on the settee for a nap, lush.


The 4 plus 2 ‘Brick’ Session

Sunday, I met with Zac, another Ironman Austria competitor and we had scheduled a 4 plus 2, which is also known as a brick session.  It consists of a bike followed by a quick transition into a run session.  Zac organised the routes, and a splendid job he did, and we managed to get in 66 miles of cycling and a 13 mile run.  I must admit during the run the London Marathon mileage the week before took its toll and I suffered a little.  Still, we did what we had planned to do and it was job done, as my brother in-law Kevin would say.  After the session I had to rush home and shower and eat in order to travel to Kent, approx 110 miles to visit my mum in hospital.  Unfortunately, she isn’t too well at the moment and it is very sad to see her suffering.  Still, she’s a tough old bird and even in the state she is in she had us laughing.  I know you won’t be reading this mum but I still want to say, I love you!  I could go on about the appalling state of the hospital and the healthcare which my mother isn’t receiving but that it’s likely to come up at a later stage so I’ll hold fire on that for the time being.


Do add your comments!

Don’t forget part of my reason for doing this blog is to encourage you to participate in sport and lead a healthy lifestyle whilst passing on hints and tips.  So, if there is any questions you want answered send me a comment and I’ll try to respond.


The week ahead

This week its back to Ironman training full on and there are miles and metres to run, bike and swim culminating at the weekend with a brick session of a 1.5 hour ride and 2 hour run one day and then after a rest day, a 120 mile ride.  No doubt after each of these there will be lots of eating and sleeping and not much DIY!

Meanwhile, keep smiling and go and do something different, after all you don’t know what tomorrow holds in store for you.


2 responses to “Post marathon training week

  1. You guys don’t seem to struggle but any tips for getting a recalcitrant 14 year old up at 5:00 pm?

    Christian has a proven track record but is in danger of losing his edge as he just cannot seem to get up in the mornings. He still trains 6 sessions a week with about 4 -6 k on each but is losing out through no mornings. He should do at least 2.

    He is just dead to the world and I don’t want to push too hard and risk making him give up his sport.

    We’ve tried:
    Restriction of privileges (loss of PC access, Wii etc)
    Financial bribery
    various threats

    All to no avail, yet in the evenings he can’t wait to get in the pool. Sadly pool access times mean that mornings are a must do or he could get bumped from his squad.

    Any tips most welcome!!


  2. Peter

    Tough one that, especially as I don’t have children and haven’t experienced these morning problems.

    From an individual point of view though I do need lots of sleep and do feel tired a lot. However, over the years I have realised that I have to help this situation and do this by napping at lunch times and in the afternoons at the weekends. Luckily I can drop off easily (probably because I am tired) but I do feel better for it. Maybe Christian struggles to get up as he is just knackerd and no other reason.

    Have you noticed if the mornings are worse in the winter as opposed to the summer and that Christian might be suffering from SAD or similar?

    Clearly he enjoys his swimming as he can’t wait to go in the evenings so it’s not to do with not wanting to swim but just to do with not wanting to, or feeling unable to get up and perform in the morning. It could be an energy supply issue.

    Overnight his blood sugar levels will have dropped and he may feel really lethargic. Maybe you could try a slow carbohydrate relaease snack before bed to see if that helps. Nothing too big but something that may give him more energy than he has first thing at the moment. Does he peak and trough throughout the day with regards to feeling energetic and/or lethargic? If he does maybe it might be worth getting a kit to test his blood sugar levels for a couple of days. These are readily available from chemists and are normally marketed as tests for diabetes.

    You are clearly trying hard but maybe so close to the problem that you can’t spot it. Try posing yourself and others questions about Christiane’s daily routines and cycles and see if there is something that might trigger the morning problem. The obvious one which I haven’t asked yet is doeas he go to bed at a reasonable time and get about 8 hours sleep. It could be as simple as that?

    Let us know how you progress.



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