There’s not a lot going on athletic-wise at the moment, so there have bee no entries for a while. My one and only race of the year ended and I now am searching for a realistic goal for next year. I’ve entered Vätternrundan but don’t want that to be my A-Race; I just want to enjoy it and do a respectable time.
While I search for an A-race I would like to include a 90-120 minute run EVERY SINGLE WEEK. This is a goal I have had for years and I have to find a way to get my head around it – if I did, the sky’s the limit!
I’ll probably take it easy for the rest of the week and then start fresh and keen – ready for a new challenge.
Ouch… what a day! Lidingöloppet, my one planned race of the year is over and I can safely say: that was the most pain I ever experienced in my athletic life… I started out at a pace that I knew I would not be able to sustain. I acknowledged this to myself while running yet continued to run at that pace. Even though the pace was well above target pace, I felt shit; almost felt like I had a hangover despite the fact that I had drank no alcohol in a few days. By the time kilometer six approached I homestly thought there was a big chance that I would not finish the race. Eventually I settled into a pace that I thought was reasonable and encouraged myself that if I held this pace for the next 18km I could then up tempo and make a good push for the finish.
At kilometer 12 I all of a sudden started to feel good; I started passing people and felt like the way I usually do… not quite invincible, but a damn site better than I was feeling just minutes before. That feeling lasted all of five kilometers and from that point on it started to deteriorate at a rate I have never experienced before. In days gone by I always wondered what people were feeling when they were walking during a marathon or Ironman – I always thought “How bad could it be?”… This thought was the only thing that kept me running today. I not only wanted to stop running, I wanted to lie down… I rarely use the word never in a sentence that involves future behavior, but I’ll say now: I will NEVER again start a race of that distance without being prepared for the distance…NEVER…EVER!!!
Oh, I forgot: 30km, 2:19.41, 165 av. HR
The splits are now posted:
Dist – Split – Aggr – Place – Pace
5,5 km – 0.25.04 – 0.25.04 – 719 – 4:33/km
10 km – 0.20.17 – 0.45.21 – 772 – 4:30/km
15 km – 0.22.22 – 1.07.43 – 722 – 4:28/km
20,2 km – 0.25.51 – 1.33.34 – 653 – 4:58/km
25 km – 0.22.10 – 1.55.44 – 571 – 4:37/km
Mål – 0.23.57 – 2.19.41 – 524 – 4:47/km (Av. Pace 4:39/km)
Despite dying a death in the last 10km, I actually gained over a hundred places!
I managed to do a long run tonight. In order to do that I had to overcome some obstacles – the least of which were yours truly. Because we are schooling-in our daughter to a new day-care my schedule is pretty busy, so the goal of getting out tonight was going to be a difficult one. When the dust settled and I finally got out of the house I was looking forward to a great run – twenty minutes into it I started to fade and then I remembered that I had not eaten since lunch time – nearly eight hours earlier. Luckily I had my flexible friend and stopped into a garage and bought a protein drink and an energy-drink and was soon on my way. Twenty minutes later I was actually feeling god again. It amazes me how after all I have learned in all the years running that I can make such a fundamental error like forgetting to eat. What next – Forgetting to sleep? Forgetting to wear clothes? Unbelievable!
The total for the run was a shade under 18km and because of the early bonk the average pace was 4:57/km even though I was running comfortably at 4:35/km at the end.
I decided to do this test today despite not having swam over 1500 continupus metres since late 2007. I’m not swim-fit, nor am I 60 minute fit for anyhting as far as I see it. Neertheless, I wanted to get an idea of where I am and what is possible for Vansbro Simmet in 7 weeks time.
4125m in 60 minutes
That’s 1:27.27/100m and extrapolates to a 55 minute Ironman. If would like to take 5 seconds/100m off that it would put me at 43900m for the hour and a 51 minute (non-drafting) Ironman swim.
Now that I know what I have, it’s time to figure out how to get what I want – or need. As I see it, I will only make two swims per week. One should be distance, the other should be speed – simple so far. I should also start using the stretch cords whenever possible: this should mean pretty much all the time, but to date, it has not worked out like that, however, now that I have a goal in sight, I should get them out more often. My arms are aching as I type – time to go.
I’m tired yet very motivated today. A dangerous combination that can at times lead to injury, however, I think I’ll use the motivation to plan a new goal rather than going out and hammering myself and increase my chances of getting injured.
I’ve pretty much decided that I will do Vansbrosimmet – an open water 3km swim in the middle of Sweden. Economically, it is a difficult one to justify: 330km drive, a night in Vansbro, sub-40 minute swim and then the 330km drive home. A lot of time, money and petrol for a short swim, but I feel I can do well, and the question is: is that enough justification?
Goal would be Top 40 (of 2000) – it’s difficult to predict a time since it depends on the current on the day of the race.But I’d like to beat 37:43 since that would get me on my Tri-Club’s Top 5 List; something I’ve had on my list for some time. This is an ambitions goal, since the guy currently in 5th place in the Top 5 is a better swimmer than I’ll ever be, but on a perfect day, one never knows what can happen.
The race is only 7 weeks away – that’s not a long tine considering that my swim fitness is not deep. My speed is pretty good, but my ability to hold that speed for a significant amount of time is limited. Step one is to do a 60 minute test set tomorrow and see how shallow my fitness actually is. From that, I’ll decide whether I focus on medium, faster sets or long swims. I will be going into the test very tired, but the result will still be pretty reliable. I’ll wait and see what comes of it.
I rowed today – instead of the one hour row, I decided to do my goal distance of 15km and collect some data. Said data was then to be examined, from that I could see what I have to do to get the 60 min/15km that I desire. I started out at 178W and planned to hold that to the end. This pace was very easy until about the 42-44 minute mark, from where it got progressively harder and harder. The only thing that stopped me from switching to easy/hard intervals at this point was the pure fact that it was a data collecting mission. As time progressed, so to did the effort required to hold a constant pace, but the value of the data also increased – this is what I got:
Now – I’m not sure what I hoped for. I’m equally not sure what to learn from this… One thing is certain: My HR started at 147 and drifted to 168bpm. This is not good. I reckon that I can hold a HR of 168 for an hour, but if, at the end of that hour I can only produce 178W with that HR then I am not ging to get anywhere near the 15km since that requires about 205W average for the hour.
Conclusion? I need to find 28W!
That’s not going to come easy. As for how to do it, I don’t know yet – but at least now I know what I need.
My training has been a mess this year.
I finally discovered; without goals, I am without focus.
So, the time has come -again- to decide on what to do. The story so far:
Running has been an on-again, off-again hobby; I am too late in my training to do anything descent in Stockholm Marathon, so, decision one becomes: Just get around Stockholm Marathon – if I feel like it on the day.
Decision two is to use Stockholm Marathon -or not- as a springboard to fitness towards my main goal of Sub 2:10 in Lidingö loppet. Since there is a long time between Shlm Marathon and Lidingö, I should also consider trying to get a good 10k time – something that has elluded me up to now.
In addition to those goals, I also want to get over 15,000m in one hour on the Concept2 and I want to swim 1500 LCM in under 20 minutes (in a wetsuit)…. that’s all!
So in short:
- Lidingo Loppet – Sub 2:10
- Sub 00:37 10k
- Swim 1500 LCM sub 00:20
- 15,000m in 60min on the C2
- Get to the finish line of Stockholm Marathon injury free.
So, that’s quite a good list. Now, today’s choice: where to begin; Gym or Run? We’ll see what opportuntiy presents itself…
A question -and subsequent answer- just struck me as I was sitting back and admiring my lovely new goals: How did I get into this mess? And I think I have the answer: Since January I have been literally devouring fiction – and in the preceding three or four years I have read mostly fact. I believe that the state of mind that fiction -or any ‘artistic’ endavour- puts me in is notcompatible to my will to train. Or to put it annother way: My reaction to art causes an inverse reaction to training.
While I’m on the subject, I’m currently reding Don Delillo’s “Falling Man” and enjoying it very much. I haven’t read him for a while and an wondering now why not… I may just have to work my way through his whole bibliograbhy.
I’m just back from the gym; 1 hour on the Concept2
- av. HR: 155
- 14120 m
- av. Power: 168w
- Stroke rate 22