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



Breca Race Report

  What an event!! This was different to anything I've tried before. The whole team concept adds another element to it no transitions also makes it a very unusual event. Knowing what to bring is pretty important. So just a bit of background I had signed up to do this with Jan but he was buying a house and things became very difficult for him to train so he pulled out. I put an SOS out there on Facebook and Oonagh replied. Oonagh lives in Galway now so training together wasn't an option but I knew the conversation would be good going around. When we arrived at the airport with Rose, Gaby and Lisa Howley it became clear early on...

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Breca Pre Race.

So it's been a little while since I updated the blog. Training has been going well. I've completed a lot of events. Fingal 10k, King Of Greystones Sprint Triathlon, Frank Duffy 10 miler, Dublin Ironman 70.3 and Brittas Bay Olympic distance Triathlon.   Training has been going well enough. I've been doing regular runs but not too many over the 10k mark. I've been on the Turbo for the bike but again haven't been over 90 minutes in the saddle very often. In fact the only thing i've been doing long distances in is the swim, where i've done a few 5k+ swims and it's the only thing I don't need to be doing long. Breca involves swimming 9k and...

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Back to Ironman training and Brecca.

So having had two failed attempts at breaking 20 minutes for 5k it's time to start training a bit longer with Brecca on September 9th and Ironman Barcelona at the end of the month I haven't done a huge amount of long distance stuff. I was loosely following the Trainerroad plan on my turbo trainer. So it's broken down into 8 week blocks and it generally involves doing an FTP test at the start of each block. So with 8 weeks left to go I had to do my FTP test today. Was delighted with the results, I managed to move it from 232 to 273 (which I think is the highest i've ever recorded. So for someone who doesn't...

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Failed attempt 20:50

      So my last attempt at breaking 20 minutes for 5k ended up in failure. The training had gone ok leading up towards it, certainly had gone better than the previous 6 week block where I wasn't really hitting the times.  We were lucky to have Dom Horan pacing us out. I was amazed at how easy the first 500 meters felt. I think the last time when myself and Declan did it we did the first 500 meter in about 1:45 but this time I'd say we were bang on 2 minutes and it made a difference. So when I went past the finish line for the first time I actually felt pretty strong and fresh. When...

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Two weeks left till final 5k attempt.

So I've two full weeks left until I give this sub 20 minutes for 5k a final bash. I have to concentrate on longer racing as I've Ironman Barcelona and Brecca Jersey coming up. So this week the Interval session was a toughie. I had 3k warm up and then two k's at sub 4:15 per k (so moving for me) then 1 minute hard 1 minute easy and then 1k had to be sub 4 mins at the end. I was hoping to do it with Declan Hogan but the pull of the Horse and Hound was too strong so I was left staring out the window of Shoreline in the pissing rain thinking I have to do this...

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