The reasoning behind the madness!

The reasoning behind the madness!

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UPDATE! 25 Oct 2010

It is with great sadness that I write this update. On the 25th October 2010 my little sister sadly passed away at the age of 31. She had bravely battled MND for 11 years. She had never given up and had achieved to much even after developing MND, winning the Open University award for achievement to gaining a degree. She will be greatly missed and will for ever be in our thoughts. Love you sis :D

Well where to start, it was all originally done as I was carry to much weight and wanted to loose it. Which I am sure it most peoples story begins, however after loosing the weight I actually started to enjoy running outside. Joined some forums (BCTTT & Runners World), there inspiration and helpfullness has helped me a lot. Now I am also swimming and commuting a couple of times a week to work on my bike! Now since 2011 I accomplished more than I thought I ever would or could. From 5k runs to an Ironman in 2014 and The Outlaw in 2015. In 2016 I am going down a different route, I will be trying Ultra's as you can see from my events I have already entered 3 so far. Now I thought wait a minute I need to have one more motivation and that people is my sister Emma. Since the age of 20 she was very unfortunate and developed MND (Motor Neurone Disease), she is now 31 years of Age. Her health has deteriatated over the years and we nearly lost her last year. My mum had to give up her work and become a full time carer for my sister and my dad takes over the duties when he comes home from work. All the races I do will be in aid of my sister and all money raised will be donated to MND to help raise awareness and research in the disease. Thanks for all your help and enjoy my training blog,

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

1st of 3 double sessions

This is the first of 3 double sessions this week. I have a wee swim at lunch time followed by a bike session in the evening, before dinner of course :D.

First up was my swim session being that yesterdays I managed it, today was a day of was it just a one off kind of thing. Today was about technique, so no speed work involved :D

Did my routine, warm up at the side of the pool for about 5 mins before actually getting in. The pool was freezing, not that it mattered to much as after about 100m it was warm. I even brought my paddles with me today (FINIS). Was to do a 700m warm up, I did the Backstroke, Front Crawl and Breaststroke.

Main Set:
10x50m with 15 seconds recovery.Increasing the stroke rate by 2 SPM every length for the first 5, and reducing back down to the base level for the final 5.–––Finish every stroke get the hips involved
10x50m, 15 seconds recovery, with bands
6x50m,15 seconds recovery with bands and paddles––––––Finish every stroke get the hips involved:
10x50m, 15 seconds recovery, as 25m of water polo drill, 25m easy swimming

I did not have any bands, so instead I used the pull buoy, which is probably easier to use. I managed all the set only thing I missed out due to time constraints was the last 3 50m of the water polo drill.

Next event of the day was the turbo, this looked easy enough but by the end I was done for.

I did a warm up of 20 mins.  Then I was to proceed to doing 15secs hard 15secs easy x3 60secs rec, then go x5, x7, x9, x11, x13 each interval to be done at an effort level of L4, cool down. By the time I got half way into the x11 set my legs were screaming at me. I may have pushed myself a bit far but all I was trying to do was raise the HR while giving my legs a workout.

By 9pm that night I was not looking forward to Wednesday's run as I was only giving myself a 10hr rest before heading out on a 1hr20min run. It may seem a lot of rest but..............


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