Training Kicks Into Gear

Last week was another week away with work on a training course so I only managed two runs during the week and a short spin on bike on saturday along with a soccer tournament during the day. I continue to do a few hours yoga every week also, and I have to say I am feeling the benifits. It was probably the perfect rest week, in terms of physical rest anyhow, and I have launched myself back into hard training this week. The only problem is I don’t really have a goal race. I am planning a big holiday in July to Canada and that means my races in June will have to take a back seat. The cost and time involved in races in Kerry and Donegal would leave me with very little cash or time for work leading up to my trip. This all means the chance to try a few local races in the coming weeks and I plan to try a few 10 k races as well as a half marathon in June all going well. Anyhow that is the news, however boring it may be.

I really believe in the motivating factor of an event or goal and if I slacken off while the going is good it will only leave me with a lot of work to do when I return from Canada. The advice I have received from experienced adventure racers is to always have a goal race, and maintain focus on that race in training.

I went for a 45km spin on bike today, mainly to try out my new aerobars, the cheap ones, and I have to say they were excellent, especially when battling into the wind.  I threw in a 6.5km trail run in the middle to make the most of my day off work. After a 17.5km progression run yesterday it has been a good start to the week. A progression run for anyone wondering is a run where you gradually increase the pace and finish as strong as you can. A good indicator for race day really.

Right time to go here and stop my wandering post, the cats are looking for some food !

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Kinvara Rock and Road 10km Race

http://www.precisiontiming.net/result/racetimer?v=%252Fen%252Frace%252Fshow%252F1686%253Flayout%253Dprecision_timing

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/453226109

As can be seen in the links above, i finished in 6th place today in an identical time to my last 10k. However I was happy with my pace throughout and felt is was a tougher course than my last 10km race in Athenry. Off for a well deserved dinner and drinks with friends now. I hope to post a more detailed race report tomorrow.