Thursday, 31 May 2012

May Training Update & The Olympic Torch Relay!

The last day of May and the Olympic Torch relay passes through Crewe near where we live. It was worth the early start to see this once in a lifetime experience! Can't wait for the Olympics to start now!

My events are coming up thick and fast now. The Great Manchester Run is done for this year and I really enjoyed it (see the post below).

The Findel Team triathlon challenge at Capesthorne is a little over a week away and I'm optamistic of doing circa 23mins for the 5km run although whether we'll beat the girls or not is a different question! £50 raised for the RNLI so far for that but I'm sure more will follow ~  

The Liverpool Triathlon is also only a few weeks away and so I'll be uping the training in June in the hope of getting under that elusive 3 hours! I'm raising funds for the Isaiah Trust on that ~

The training in May has been ok, here's the summary...
01/05/12 ~ 1500m swim training session with Crewe Tigers Tri club at Total Fitness
03/05/12 ~ 1600m open water swim with Uswim at Boundary water park
08/05/12 ~ 8 mile run through Sandbach, Hassall Green, Wheelock and back in 1hour 9 mins
10/05/12 ~ 2000m open water swim with Uswim at Boundary water park
12/05/12 ~ 7 mile run from Sandbach, through Moston and Ettiley Heath and back along the Wheelock rail
                  trail in 60mins and 42 secs.
15/05/12 ~ 4 mile run with my eldest daughter training for her first 10km this weekend. 48 mins 45secs for
                  her first none stop run! :o)
16/05/12 ~ 7.8 mile cycle around Bradwall and Brereton Green in 27mins 56secs averaging 16.9mph
17/05/12 ~ 1600m open water swim with Uswim at Boundary water park in 35mins 51secs
20/05/12 ~ Great Manchester Run. 6 miles in 47mins 11secs with the 10km done in 49mins 25secs :-)
21/05/12 ~ 9 mile cool down cycle run as a leg stretcher after yesterday's 10km... 13.6mph average plus a
                  few more tweaks to the bike position to try and get more streamligned.
24/05/12 ~ 1500m swim on the long course at Uswim's Boundary Water park session in 33mins 55secs
31/05.12 ~ 40 mins Weight Training at Total Fitness (am)
                   25 mile bike ride around Cheshire in 1 hour 37mins averaging 15.3mph

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Great Manchester 10km Run ~ Done! (Time ~ 49mins 25Secs)

Another excellent Great Manchester Run event and once again managed to get under my 50minute target but having done so was a little disappointed with the 49mins 25secs time as for the first half of the race I was well ahead of my splits last year when I did a PB of 46.36 and so thought I was going to finish considerably better. Time for the 6 mile mark was 47mins 11secs (a best for the year so far)... The difference this time was that without last years late stages of Marathon training I wasn't able to sustain the quick pace I started out at.

My overall position was 5167th out of circa 40,000 runners (445 in my age group) so not bad at all even if I do say so myself :-)

My eldest daughter did her first 10km to raise funds for her charity expedition to Madagascar next year and I was immensely proud of her grit and determination in finishing (after a few tears at circa 7km) in 1 hour 11mins. She also raised around £480 which is brilliant!

Karen did a very respectable 51mins flat which at only 20 secs slower than last year after her marathon training was excellent!

And the beers in town afterwards? Oh they never tasted so good!