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,

Saturday, 8 February 2014

It is all about the BIKE

I completed got wrong how long this would take....oops. Nearly 4 hours.

It started off with me getting a bikefit from Mike. The bike needed new parts, chain and cassette. I thought I needed new shoes and saddle. So went through a range of shoes eventually settled on a pair of Northwaves. I was shocked that I had to have the seatpost raised by at least 1 inch. Which seems to of taken some strain off the right knee. Only time will tell if it has worked. The saddle again will hopefully be more comfortable.

Next was my lactate bike test from Jason Walkley, which is my coach.

Started will him taking my blood pressure and then it I was to do a 5 min warm up on the turbo. Every 3 mins the Watt's would increase by 20 (It started at 100). I was to keep a constant RPM or cadence, until my legs would push no more. Each 3 mins a blood sample would be taken. Was not sure how long I could keep this up for. Having never been above 210 on my own turbo (and then only held that for 4 mins) this would be interesting. Talking started off easy and then it got more like I was drowning. Legs started to feel like they were on fire, coach kept pushing for me more out of me. Eventually my legs did give in and it was time to cool down. At this point I thought I was going to be physically ill. It took a lot for me not to be sick.

Lactating testing is used to determine not only lactate threshold but also the correct intensity for base, recovery and intense interval training. Lactate values help determine the correct training intensity to increase power and endurance, and lactate values do this  more accurately than heart rate alone. It's the corresponding  lactate values that indicate what heart rate and speed or power you should exercise at. Heart rate formulas that use your age to calculate heart rate zones are not accurate

If you are interesting in getting one done please get in touch with Jason Walkley.

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