Thursday, 31 May 2012
This week is an adaptation week. When my body gets to think about all the stuff I've asked it to do over the previous 3 weeks and make some changes to reflect that. Well, not really, but that's the approximation. It means that the amount of training this week is significantly reduced and I get two whole days of rest! It's also meant no running from Monday to Friday, instead of the two work-day runs I've started to get used to and really quite enjoy (er, OK, who is this person and what have they done with the real me?).
The view of Coach Rich is that we'll get better return on investment if I don't race Thames Turbo this coming Monday and train through the bank holiday weekend quite hard. It's a hard decision in one way for me as I'm obsessive in collecting sets and this means I don't get to collect the set of 4 Thames Turbo races this year. It also means no benchmark. But in other ways it's an irrelevant benchmark this year and I am far better off following the plan to get some quite challenging sessions in over the weekend. I'll end up with a really tough brick session on Tuesday of a 4.5 hour hilly bike ride, followed by a 90 minute run. After having done my longest training run three days beforehand, a lap of the IM UK bike course and run course a couple of days before, and another 2 hour ride and 2.5km swim the day before it. I'll be knackered and that's the whole idea. FUN!