I hope that this thread will inspire others looking at the pointy end, or at least be a source of Lionelesque amusement for the wider tritalk community.
On 3 July 2022, all going well, I will take part in Challenge Roth. My aim is to complete the race in under 9 hours, and maybe even take a podium spot in the 50-54 Age Category.
Lets commence in true Lionel style with being at my least fit and heaviest weight since Feb 2020. On Jan first my CTL was 91 and weight 74kg, I also haven’t fully recovered from foot injury (Jan 1 2021 CTL was 136, weight 69kG and injury free). So I am starting the season a little be tubby and well rested.
Week one I really threw myself into training, with a full on 24 hours
My attempt at a sub 20min Parkrun ended up with a 20:30… and I was pushing. Luckily foot held up well, but need to be really careful.
I did a 3 hour Zwift ride with Robbie Britton, my friend and mentor. Discussed training approach for this year. Given my 5 months Gardening leave, I should use the opportunity to train at much lower intensity, but for longer. Robbie thinks that I would really benefit from regualar 3 hour rides but keeping my HR below 120bpm, in addition, Zwift racing is important for my high intensity workouts. My weekly Parkrun shouldn’t be a flat out 5k, instead keep it around marathon pace. Only time I should be running flat out should be on the track, I also need to be careful not to run too much, replace some of my running sessions with swimming
The week was mostly low intensity work focusing on building a base, The first half of the week I felt unfit and sluggish, but as the week progressed I began to feel better. My weekly Parkrun was 22:30, I chatted to a new member, and it felt like a really nice pace. On Sunday I did a 72km Zwift race, and was really pleased to average 280w for 1h45m without feeling too bad
I only managed 2 swims in the week. Going forward I have set myself a target to swim at least 4 times a week.
Week commencing 2 Jan
Bike - 405 km, 15h
Run - 41km, 4h
Hike - 7km, 1h30m
Swim - 4830m, 2h
Height Gain 7889m
Weight 73.6kg (-0.5kg)