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Training for Brecca (swim 8k run42k) and Ironman Barcelona

Struggling to hit those times.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

  So for my last attempt at breaking 5k I prob didn't spend too much time worrying about what actually splits I was doing but this time I'm paying a lot more attention to the times, and they're not great. For example Thursdays session was a 3k time trial to see where we are at. Ideally I should be able to at least run 3k in under 12 minutes at this stage. So we did our warm up and then went out to run the hard 3k. You never really know how you're going until the 1st k. So the...

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Two weeks into the 5k plan and haven't seen too many 3 mins something a kilometer.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

So it's prob been my best week training wise in quiet a while. The two missed sessions were the long Run which was a big one to miss and the bric run off the bike. I also swapped a training swim for a race on the Saturday. It was my first time this year getting into the sea and without a wetsuit just togs. It was pretty cold but because it was a race you just got on with it. Finished 125th place. It's a handicapped race so I was off on 3:45 mins after go, it's short enough race...

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1st Week of 6 done.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

  So having failed to break 20 minutes for 5k it was back to the drawing board. What have I changed to try and break it this time. I've got help, I didn't just get a plan off the Internet. I've Gary Crossan giving me a hand with a program. Straight away we worked out the problem. One of the first sessions was 3* 1k in 3 mins 50 seconds with 90 seconds recovery. I couldn't even go sub 4 for 1k........how did I think I could string 5 of them in a row!!! I'm only running 4 days a...

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It's not failure until you stop trying.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

So after following a 6 week training plan that promised to get me to sub 20 minutes I wasn't able to produce the goods on the day!! Where did it all go wrong? When I arrived in Shanganagh I recieved a call from one of our biggest supporters on the blog, Liam Dillion to say he couldn't be bothered turning up to see my 5k attempt even though he only lived 5 minutes away. That was a huge blow to the team that in truth we never really recovered from. Now I'm not the type of person to blame someone...

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It's showtime.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

  So Race week has arrived. In general the plan and the training went well. I missed a fair few sessions but I don't think I missed any key sessions, I got all the hard sessions in the week but missed some of the easy ones, in fairness I was swimming too so that may have been ok. I did a bit of a trial run in training and ran 21:40. It's the fastest I've run in a good while and it's 100 seconds off where I need to be but I think Race day will get me the rest...

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