I must start training...
By Brett Raynes • 20 Sep 2011
I must start training...but I don't have enough gear yet!
The other two guys Nathan and Mark (younger, fitter) are training. Mark is riding to work (15km each way). He even ran to work one day! He and Nathan are at the gym every lunch time. And they both ran the Bristol Half Marathon at the weekend, with very decent times (see post here).
I, meanwhile, have a different strategy to all this; I'm planning. I've bought a book: Pose Method of Triathlon Techniques http://store.posetech.com/Pose_Method_of_TRIATHLON_TECHNIQUES_p/pmb-tri.htm)
Dr. Nicholas Romanov is well known for developing the Pose Method for Running - a technique that encourages faster cadence, shorter strides and a more ‘front' foot gait. This book tries to extend the techniques to the other two disciplines. I'll post more later, as I try out the drills...
I've also been for a ‘bike fit' - three hours of being measured and having my bike adapted to me. It involved shims in one foot (shoe), cleats set to duck-like angles, seat height and front/back position adjustments, and movements to the handle bars. I did come away feeling like I have an oddly shaped body - but it did feel comfortable, and avoided months of fretting and blaming the pain on my equipment.
I've decided too that the winter won't be a great time to do lots of road miles - so I've ordered an indoor turbo trainer for the bike. In theory, when it's icy and dark outside, I can be grinding out the miles whilst watching episodes of Madmen. Being me, I didn't get the cheapest trainer going - I'd never forgive myself. So I've got a Kinetic Rock and Roll (http://www.kurtkinetic.com/rock-roll-p-112-l-en.html). I'll let you know how it works out once it arrives.
Finally, I've booked myself into the Human Performance Clinic at the University of Bath Sports Training Village (http://www.teambath.com/physio-sport-science/physiological-fitness-testing/). I'll spend a day having my V02 Max and Lactate Threshold measured for both Cycling and Running. VO2 Max is regarded as the ultimate way of measuring an individual's endurance capabilities. You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VO2_max and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactate_threshold#Lactate_threshold
I fully accept that this is OTT, but it's at least interesting. What I hope to get out of it is solid training guidance. There's only seven months to go and lots of work ahead - I might as well make sure it's effective work.
So there you have it. I'll soon have no more excuses. I'll have to do some work.
And to this end, I'm doing a bike ride at the weekend - 100Km Cheddar Sportive (http://www.cheddarcyclosportive.co.uk/) and then another the following weekend 150Km Bristol Belter (http://www.bristolroadsportive.co.uk/).
I'll keep you posted...
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