Friday, 31 May 2013

May Training Update

The weather improved a bit during May, but still unseasonably cold. Glad to finally get some Open Water swimming done but bitterly cold water, particularly the first swim at Salford Quays in 12'c water and 9'c air!

Some good cycle rides done this month including a good climb up Mow Cop getting the closest I've ever been to cycling it all... I will crack this! :-) Also had my first bike fall in over 30years this month clipping a kerb and landing heavily on elbow and knee. Fortunately no damage to the bike!

RNLI fundraising is going well for our Findel Triathlon Team Relay challenge... £250 raised so far! Donate here if the mood takes you ~

Here's the training update for May...
The folly atop of Mow Cop
~ 02/05/13 ~ 13.5mile Bike loop around Sandbach, Malkins
                      Bank and Haslington in 47mins 57secs
                      averaging 17.2mph
~ 04/05/13 ~ 750m pool swim at Total Fitness in 18mins
                      41secs  (SWOLF =53)
                   ~ 45mile Bike ride up Mow Cop and around Rode
                      Heath, Crewe, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel
                      back to Sandbach in 3hours 20mins averaging
~ 05/05/13 ~ 3mile run along Pwllheli sea front in 30mins
~ 06/05/13 ~ 20mile mountain bike ride from Pwllheli to
                      Criccieth & back in 1hour 34mins averaging
A chilly Salford Quays!

~ 16/05/13 ~ First UK open water swim of 2013 at Boundary
                     Water park. 820m in 19mins 34secs (15'c water
~ 18/05/13 ~ First open water swim at Salford Quays of 2013.
                      820m in 20mins 4secs (12'c water temp!)
~ 19/05/13 ~ 22mile bike loop around Holmes Chapel,
                      Middlewich, Crewe and Winterley in 1hour
                      18mins averaging 16.9mph
~ 23/05/13 ~ 750m Open water swim at Boundary water park in
                     16mins 25secs
~ 25/05/13 ~ 35mile bike ride around Rode Heath, Crewe,
                     Middlewich, Warmingham back to Sandbach in
                     2 hours 5mins averaging 16.6mph. Fell 4miles
                     into the ride when I clipped the kerb... Ouch!
~ 27/05/13 ~ 45mins cycle spin at Gimblet Rock Gym
~ 28/05/13 ~ 45mins cycle spin at Gimblet Rock Gym
~ 29/05/13 ~ 6mile run around Pwllheli Marina in 56mins 37secs
~ 31/05/13 ~ 9mile Mountain Bike ride around part of Pwllheli Tri Bike route

Friday, 3 May 2013

April Training Update

It seems Winter continued into April this year with temperatures remaining cold. The much anticipated start of the open water swim season being delayed until May due to the cold. A real shame as it's traditionally this time of year that it gets easier to get out and about! Looking forward to the warmer weather!

The RNLI team triathlon challenge I've been organising with colleagues from work is taking shape, 4 teams and 12 participants confirmed! Thanks all concerned for pitching in!
The event is Capesthorne sprint relay Triathlon on Sunday 9th June ~ 

Thanks also to Kevin Sharpe who agreed to let us use this stunning composite image he created from a photo of the Eastbourne Lifeboat crew. It now adorns our fundraising donation page here...

Not a full month of training but some good outings when I've been able to squeeze them in, here's the summary, aiming to pick it up a few notches in May!

~ 07/04/13 ~ 30mile bike ride around Sandbach, Crewe & Middlewich in 1hour 56mins
                      averaging 15.6mph
~ 14/04/13 ~ 30mins Weight Training at The Warren Gym in Abersoch
                  ~  6 mile run around Pwllheli Marina in 55mins 40secs
~ 15/04/13 ~ 7.6mile bike ride around Sandbach in 28mins averaging 16.3mph
~ 18/04/13 ~  3 mile run around the Wheelock rail trail in Sandbach in 28mins
~ 20/04/13 ~ 1 hour spin class at Total Fitness gym in Crewe
~ 21/04/13 ~ 13.5mile ride around Sandbach and Winterley in 51mins 11secs
                      averaging 15.9mph