Monday, 4 January 2016
2015 - The Year of Recovery
I was terrified that I'd be totally back to zero. Everyone told me that was rubbish and that I was fit and it'd take no time, but that only really applies to life-long athletes, or at least those who have been pretty fit for many years. And that's not me.
And it did take a while. A really good while. And I'm still not quite there yet. The graph above is the effects of my last 2 years of training. The blue curve is my chronic training load - long term training effect on fitness which you can read as "fitness level". (Pink is acute training load, so the huge spike is when I ran the Thames Path, then a flatline afterward when I did literally nothing, not even walking; and yellow is "freshness", so again a huge drop during Thames Path and then a big recovery when I sat on my bum for 4 months.)
2015 did, however, see some PBs of the 1/2 marathon variety. Which was quite nice. But I bottled a marathon and did rather averagely at a multi-day ultra. That said, I hit the ultras again pretty early on in the recovery, which was a great psychological boost at the time.
Now that I'm pretty much recovered, in 2016 I want to get back to doing what I want to do, not what a broken bit of body limits me to. So, after I've got Country to Capital out of the way (a silly little 43ish mile race), I'm knuckling down to a quick & dirty marathon then it's time to hit the 50 milers.
I want to do the Centurion Running 50 Mile Grand Slam this year. And have a go at a 100 miler. So let's see what happens!