The Scribbler

31 May 2011

Busy, bikes and a round up

Filed under: bike,run,training — The Scribbler @ 18:56
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It’s been a jam packed weekend and a fairly busy month, although ‘tapering’ for races has meant I’ve fallen behind on my 300 hours training in 2011 target for the first time. But it’s only a couple of hours and the plan ahead has lots more long runs as I prepare for my September half marathon.

Yesterday we went clambering among the tree tops at Go Ape! A really good, friendly set up and great fun climbing up and tackling all the obstacles in the trees. Of course the best bits are the zip wires down again. Geronimo!

We also dropped in on the local county show. Gary was in his element sizing up the cows and sheep. He’s a real farmer at heart. On the way home we stopped at the bike shop so I could show him what I’d been looking at and he could satisfy himself that I wasn’t going to get ripped off buying my first road bike.

I still haven’t quite taken the plunge yet, but the guys at Edinburgh Bicycles were really helpful. I took a couple out for a quick test ride and asked loads of questions (still have a few more I’ve thought of). Basically I’m looking at either a Specialized Secteur, Specialized Allez or a Giant Defy.

I tried all of them (as far as sitting on them) in the shop last time, and took the two Specialized out for a short spin this time. They didn’t have the Giant in the right frame size for me to try and the Allez was one size too big. So they’ve ordered me one in to try and I should be able to test it out at the weekend.

Needless to say they feel very different from my current ancient hybrid, but I felt quite comfortable on them all. I even started to get to grips with the gears, although I couldn’t handle the toe clips at all – I only managed to get one foot in at a time!

I’m not looking for anything spectacular – just a good basic road bike that will get me round my next triathlon a lot quicker and see me right next year when hopefully I’ll be doing a few more.

On Tuesday morning I did an interval session before work and managed to get my run pace much closer to the target I’d been set, even though my recovery was a lot more leisurely. 4 miles on a beautiful still spring morning out along the coast made me feel great and like I’m back in run training properly again.

Here’s a quick round up of training in May:
Swim: 1.4 miles 1:04
Bike: 54 miles 5:53
Run: 53 miles 8:05
Cross training 5:50

That includes:
1 triathlon
2 x 10k races
1 x parkrun
1 x Pier to Pier
and lots of fun!

I’m already missing my bike and swim sessions a bit, but am just focusing on running for a couple more weeks to get set for the Blaydon Race on 9 June. Then I’ll add a couple of sessions a week back to the mix again. I do still enjoy my cross training. And I can’t wait to get my new bike!

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