I started this blog in 2010 when there were 11 weeks to go before my next Ironman triathlon. People have found it interesting (mainly my Mum!) so I continue to write.
The Ironman is a long distance triathlon; Swim 2.4miles, Cycle 112miles, Run 26.2 miles (marathon). I have competed in one every year since 2004. I hope this blog can help others see what is involved. I find the process of writing it makes me more accountable and motivates me to do the harder sessions when i'm not feeling like it!

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Warm up 15min
Main set 5 x 5min x 300W x 85rpm on 5min recovery
Cool down

Great to get this session done. 8 days ago I could only manage 2 sets and did a few 2.5min efforts to finish off. So I was a little nervous about this one.
I usually set it up all manually, it's just less hassle. Today I set the computer up to do all that, so I didn't have to press any buttons except start. It also does a spin scan which shows how evenly the power is split between the legs. It kept it bang on 50:50 and also kept the pedalling at 85% circles. The pros can obviously get it up to 100%.

The heart rate is 5 bpm lower for the same work compared to 2 months ago; 168 previously, 163 now - it's the first time i've really looked properly at the change over time.

Despite all that i'm still feeling assymetrical. I've decided it's a tight right hamstring so will look at that. One day i'll get to the bottom of it!

The 5min cold bath after was a bit extreme.

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