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This week, work wise was extremely busy……again. Running your own business, has it’s advantages, but sometimes not the best timing when it comes balancing external projects such as the KOG10.
Monday, I went for a light run locally at lunchtime. Believe it or not, this was my very first time running on roads as opposed to rugby/soccer pitches in warmups! It’s definitely different anyway. Managed to run 2.5km on the button in 15 mins (which is definitely wrong, but ill take it…), I think my strava app is setup to autopause when I take a rest, so the time would in fact have been about 30 mins, if not more!! Let’s hope the race chips in KOG autopause the race for me when I take breaks!!!
Tuesday, was the Sis in laws Orlagh’s graduation day, in Edinburgh, now a fully qualified radiographer, so a few celebratory drinks were had, alas the only workout that was completed was by my biceps lifting pint glasses…..
Wednesday, I wasn’t flying back from Edinburgh until late in afternoon so I got a taxi up to Commonwealth pool, which is a lovely 50m Olympic Pool. I managed to do a 1000m spin in the water which I was delighted with, and decided enough was enough!
Thursday – back in Ireland and back on the bike in the am before starting work, for a wet 25km cycle.
Friday – Had the best of intentions to get out for a cycle after work, but unfortunately I was still working until about 1030pm! By that stage I was too tired for anything but eating crap! Disaster
Saturday – Work demands really affecting this week and didn’t manage to go for a run which i really need too.
Sunday – Amazing day out and work on but nothing that can’t wait a little bit longer, so a bit of swimming in the Cove in Greystones, without the wetsuit with my friend and “instructor” Micheal of Pizza Shack fame, TGGF’s very own John Glynn and I even brought my bichon Louis along for a paddle!
Following the dip, I decided to go back home and dust off the road bike, went out for a 30km spin in 1hr 20 mins, which I was extremely happy with considering the heat and the route I took. I hit the 25km mark, which is the distance in the KOG at around 59 mins. Not the quickest as I want to do it in around 45 mins on the day of the event, hopefully the KOG route isn’t as elevated!
Next week is only 2 weeks left until the triathlon! I have decided that my major worry is the running, I need to build up slowly every day to try and ensure that I can get through the 5km run, which I know doesn’t seem a lot, but it comes after the swimming and cycling part, which I know that at least I can do even in my current condition/state of weight!
Speaking of weight, I am easily the heaviest of the KOG10 on last inspection, not that there really was one, and I doubt much will change before the King of Greystones, currently weighing in at 17 stone and 13 pounds. I have no doubt I will be slightly lighter, but probably not by too much. On a positive, I am definitely eating or trying to eat better overall since beginning the KOG10 training but I really need to completely focus for these remaining two weeks.
Week 2 began pretty much the same as Week 1, quite uneventful. The regular Tuesday football was played, followed by a rest day on the Wednesday!
Friday – I decided to go for a swim in the local leisure centre, Shoreline. Interesting to say the least considering the last time I was in a pool was in October in Spain, and I wasn’t really swimming, just playing water polo / water basketball, while drinking beers! Anyhow, I managed to swim a very slow 40 lengths.
Saturday – I tested out the new wetsuit my mate Micheal kindly got for me, a lovely thing to do, considering he knew too well I probably wouldn’t have bothered going out to get one and that on the day of the triathlon, it would end up being my first time in the Irish sea this year.
So we had a short dip in the sea, swimming a broken 200m, mainly adjusting myself to how cold it was. It was actually v cold, even on such a warm day and ALDI’s finest wetsuit ain’t exactly watertight either, even though my largish frame seems to fill it extremely well it is out of the water! Micheal, then continued on for a, as he called it “a light 7km jog”, meanwhile I proceeded to go and socialise watching Coldplay!
Sunday – I went for a cycle with my new trainer, Micheal, sorry Alex! We started off in Kilmac and cycled down to Greystones beach and back, stopping only to watch Micheal show the ladies of Greystones what they are missing out on with a quick dip in the sea.
Week 1 was pretty non existent in terms of training due to work commitments! We are having quite a few busy weeks at Design Aid, and John Glynn has us working harder than ever! A lot of it was spent overhauling the King of Greystones website!
Football for an hour on the Tuesday, and a HIIT session with Alex Gray in Roundwood on the Thursday evening, was about the height of the exercise regime.