3 Minute Park Run PB in the water
Following on from this weeks club run on Tuesday and a speed session on ice on Thursday I was ready to hit the Park and bust up my PB. Alas this was not to happen and instead I’ve had to do a bit of diary rescheduling. The Nostell Priory Park run this week has been shifted across to the 9th May while the Temple Newsam Park Run has been moved to the 14th February as a cheap valentines present for Ali (actually because Abbey Runners are planning to run it as part of a Park Run takeover).
The Physio has ordered (I mean carefully recommended/suggested) that Ali take a week off running to give her foot a period of recovery. Since I didn’t want to manage multiple calendars for us both and because she gave me one of those looks (nicknamed stink eyes) when I suggested she walk it I wisely rescheduled the events.
So what did we do this weekend?
Ali did a spin class and I took three different bikes out on trial runs (as i’m looking to purchase a road bike).
Prior to the Spin class we both hit the pool, Alison is making great progress now and gets better every time she goes to the pool. I who have been pretty much treading water recently had suddenly made a big improvement in the last couple of sessions. So I decided to try for 5 lengths. Instead I managed to swim eight – yes you read that correctly – a full eight mighty lengths of the pool in one go with out stopping. I felt like a Porpoise, a small cetaceans of the family Phocoenidae as I flowed back and forth in the pool. Upon stopping I discovered one of my contact lenses had fallen out so perhaps I only swam the width of the pool by mistake?. That could explain the angry looks I was getting around me and the lane lines wrapped about me? Even so I claimed and continue to claim that I have swum further and faster then ever before and so deserved cake – which I promptly ate upon leaving the pool.
Since the 5K run wasn’t possible this weekend Alison suggested a relaxing bike ride on Sunday?
Well I thought that would be nice, especially as I really need to get some training in on the bike prior to Ride London, the Dales and London Duathlons, the Coast to Coast and that tricky Triathlon later in the year. Alison is a strong cyclist – she can cycle all day up hills – sometimes with her break pads stuck on leaving flame behind her so she is going to be fine.
I on the other hand have not adapted to the bike.
A nice gentle 10 mile ride sounded great.
As it turns out Ali had planned a 40 Mile ride – with some slight detours it turned into 43 – i’m going to round that up to 50 in my mind.
Anyway – 50 miles on a mountain bike in the very cold windy conditions was tough. I had wrapped up warmly, or so I thought but I failed to take into account that you get a lot hotter running then cycling. So what I thought as being significantly covered was the equivalent of walking about in shorts and t-shirts in the snow.
Ali causally asked if i’d put on two pairs of socks half way around the route – apparently the wind cuts through trainers. I said no through gritted teeth; actually they were frozen; if they had been gritted then I might have been able to talk.
Luckily I was too cold to feel my feet by then so I was fine; though even the double socking Alison wore didn’t keep her feet warm towards the end of the ride. Ali reckoned it would take us 3 hours. We eventually finished at 16:00 – so with a couple of coffee breaks took us 6 hours.
50 miles on the bike (note the ease with which I mention that mileage) seemed pretty easy until I stopped and the blood seeped back into my toes and fingers.
When we returned Alison casually asked if I still wanted to go swimming. Clearly she was testing me for stamina – well I wasn’t going to let that go!
Sure – yeah – I really want to go swimming I replied.
So we went swimming again – which was lucky really as the pool has sprung a leak since and it looks like there won’t be any water till Thursday.
So this week has been a good training weekend of swimming and cycling.
Learning to swim the front crawl has been been the most difficult sport I’ve ever had to do – aside from Wind Surfing, Surfing, Tennis and Extreme Scottish country dancing (A combination of Scottish country dancing with sharp edges and haggis). It has taken me months to get to a point where I could finally swim four lengths and suddenly I managed eight this weekend. Pathetic i admit but it still felt like getting a 3 minute Park Run PB.