I know I have this tendency to over think things, I always will trundle the web and forums to find out as much about whatever I am doing as possible. Then I go through my strength and weaknesses, where I will struggle and what needs to be done in training.
Well that all sounds well and good to me, unfortunatly I think there is a boundary between thinking and planing and doing. I often do way to much thinking and not enough doing, if I put all the energy I do into the thinking and planning into the training than I think I could improve 10%…. hows that for the most arbitruary number to be pulled out of my head.
Ok so I have been anaysling the Auckland half. I somethimes wonder if I am thinking this will be easier than it actually is. Maybe because I keep on hearing about Rach and Nades doing a full, and well this is only half and 14 weeks is plenty of time to train. I think I need that little bit of scary, it will push me out the door.
As I have said before, I think I will be sweet in the swim, I just need to get in the pool and get some training down. I have roped Kalina into being my coach, so with a bit of motivation on a training session planned, I think all will be well.
Ok so this is actually the biggest worry, probably because I put the biggest expectation on myself for this leg. I haven’t been training properly on the bike for over 8 months now. Yes I have got on the bike to supplement the running, but not with the goal off improving the bike.
So the first question was do I need aero bars? The auckland course is hilly, and if I am climbing a lot they may become more off a nusicence than the help. Sportzhub said they would be a benefit. I also consulted my sister. She knows our chch hills and she knows the Auckland hills, so I wanted to know a comparison. Her first reaction was I probably wouldn’t need aero bars, but I sent her a map of the course and this was her reaction
the road over to Orere Point is the nasty hill but doesn’t look like it has been included. There is a fair bit of rolling and flattish bits between Maratai and Clevedon so aerobars probably would be worth it. I will check out the portion after Orere point for you.
So it is off to buy some aero bars.
Ok so I have to do some work on the bike. I want to have a very strong bike split in the race. If I am biking strong, I can then hopefully run fairly strong.
I did a search on map my run, and found this map of the bike course http://www.mapmyrun.com/ride/new-zealand/auckland/60692434. So there is one big climb in there.
Well I know I can do it, but I can’t do it fast? All that slow running has effected my speed something bad. I’d want to have a goal of doing the run in just over 2hrs, that is my fastest half marathon time, so not sure if I could pull it off. But my main aim here will be to improve my speed and keep it up. I have the base fitness and strength, I can do the distance without much trouble.
Heres a map of the run course http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/new-zealand/auckland/346557901. Failry flat a few rises along the way.
So the plan
So this week has been about getting back into the rythmn of training. The next 4 weeks will be mainly be about the bike, I need to be able to build the strength back up. The next two weeks will be sticking to mainly the flat boring rides. get the legs spinning and building the strength up. Have to say this sounds like a rather boring plan for over the break. I could break with this and get in a few nice hill rides. But after the 2 weeks, start working on some hills, just building up the strength.
Through out this I’ll just keep the swimming up 3 times a week and just maintain the run, do the surf n’ turfs and the shoe clinics 5k’s to build up some speed. That will take me through to Timaru tri.
After that it will be another 4 weeks of building up hill speed and strength on the bike and working on some tranisition training. Then I’ll see where I am at after that.
Oh one other thing I didn’t mention, if I get into routeburn, than I will probably want to still do a little more running.The routeburn will cause I whole different set of analysis, but I am pretty calm about it, as I am now a old hand of the Kepler, and it’s half the distance… but then it did take Em Miazga 4.5hrs last year, so who knows what that will mean it will take me, and when I underestimate something, I always suffer big time.
I hope everyone had a good xmas. I had a busy one and ate way to much. Started in Tekapo with Bacon and eggs. My dads favorite meal of the year 🙂 Opened the presents, than it was off to Timaru, ate some more, opening of a few more presents. Than back to chch, check on the kitty to make sure he had survived a day and half with out us (he has been very friendly this morning, I think he missed us). Than it was over to Eamons Parents to open some more presents (they had been in Timaru, but it was decided that we would open the presents back in chch). Anyway got home about 11pm and I was knackered.