January 3, 2009

Thoughts on training camp

Marilu rocking it today...

Marilu rocking it today...

Its the end of day 2 and I have a few things to report:

1. Great weather. Man its been glorious.
2. Vanessa completed her camp today and she made all of it bar one session. I am super stoked about this, as her running is up and she is feeling strong, and could even talk after a 30 hour training week. So proud of you girl.
3. Collin made it through his big week. His problem all year has been to get his hours up and his motivation up as well, as when the hours went up, the motivation and the imputus to train went out the window. I can gladly report he is going strong and wanting to train more all the time.
4. I experienced my first 1st hand cardiac drift yesterday on the bike, and I am going to do some investigation into it to see how it gets better as I get fitter (my fitness is still pretty lack lustre at this stage).
5. Marilu experienced her first mini hunger knock today but ate well, slept well, and cracked a great run and swim chords session this afternoon. She is riding better and better, a fact which should scare alot of girls out there as her run is blitz!
6. Andrew Gowans – I had you in mind today on the road back from Swellendam. Even powered over some small hills for you in the 53/11.
7. I can now powernap for 2 hours a day, no problem.
8. Personal hygiene and standards of caring for others still in tact even when tired.
9. Have done 30 hours of training since holiday began, and looking to peak around 66 hours, giving me about 22 hours a week average.

That should kick start the year. Its all about how well I can absorb the mileage and less about hurting myself, as the intensity is reasonably low, but the relative yield in a few weeks will be massively high.

My personal philosophy is based around a weekly or 10 day structure which you should follow to make your life alot easier, as well as throwing in huge challenges throughout the year for specific issues, and then sharpening the knife edge for raceday.

Now let me go and pile on the miles tomorrow again. Big run and a long open water swim…

fricken awesomeness.

3 Comments on “Thoughts on training camp

Doc G
January 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm

The farm, the road to Swellendam, those dirt roads to run on. Ain’t life good? Are you swimming in the frozen expanse of water known as the Dam?

January 5, 2009 at 10:50 am

The Urban-Ninja’s training Camps are not for sissies! But it was 2 sessions dropped, not 1…. just to set the record straight. Thanks again…. roll on East London!

Urban Angel
January 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

Training camp is a must for everyone.

We are doing one again soon and will keep all peeps updated to dates and venues.



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