Yesterday was my first race of the season - the GTC Bishopbriggs Sprint Triathlon. Previously we would probably have done at least a couple of other races by now as we enjoyed racing most weekends, but now we have to be very selective about which races to participate in, as they can actually interfere a … Continue reading Race Season Begins!
I've mentioned a variety of Apps in previous blogs so I thought it might be useful to dedicate a wee post to describing which Apps I find useful. Interestingly this list has grown steadily over the last few months and I wonder if I'm a little bit addicted to them. I think people are either … Continue reading Training Apps
As I mentioned before, I've been working over the winter with the most marvellous Fiona, who has overseen predominantly my strength and conditioning plan, but also helped me with the early stages of my overall training plan. A more inspirational person you will struggle to find, and I can't begin to put into words how … Continue reading New Coach
Gosh it's been a wee while since I've posted anything. I think the general rule at work is about a month of punishment for each week you take off. What with wading through the post holiday admin mountain, some on call, a work trip to London and the ongoing training, I've had little time to … Continue reading Improving…….
We are just about clinging on to our training plans during our normal working weeks, but this can prove difficult as soon as there is a break to our normal routine. Last week threw up all sorts of barriers to normal training - the first half of the week was half term and we were … Continue reading Out of Town Training
I've been desperate to get out on my bike since the bike fit last week, to see how the new position felt. I was due a ride yesterday but couldn't really plan in advance whether it would be indoor or outdoor as the weather has been rubbish and the forecast wasn't promising. But we awoke … Continue reading Beautiful, if slightly hazardous, Scotland
I've spoken about my swimming already. And the main points really are: I have had the benefit of excellent swim coaching from the marvellous GTC coaches to date. Much of my frustration relating to being a slow swimmer and my perception of not getting anywhere stems from the fact that I have not actually been … Continue reading Busy Week Part 2: Swim Smooth Clinic
I have harped on a little bit about the difficulties of fitting training around work/children/life, so won't do it again here, suffice to say, it continues to be a challenge. And I am raising my eyebrows at myself as I know it's going to get MUCH worse in the months to come. But there are … Continue reading Busy Week Part 1: Bike Fit
Cycle training over winter is tricky, especially when you live in a country in perpetual darkness from November to March, with weather not especially suited to donning lycra and heading to the hills. But cycle we must, and the answer of course is indoor cycling. There are many ways to address this and of course … Continue reading Indoor Cycling
My feelings about the swim section of the Ironman swing between thinking this will be the most manageable part of the race, to being quite convinced I'm going to drown, or, if I'm spared that fate, having to cling on to a friendly canoe and being dragged ashore, thus ending my participation before it's really … Continue reading Swim training so far