Just a quick check in – life has been pretty hectic since getting back from NZ, and between family, work, socialising (yes, despite my training schedule, I do have friends!) and training, blogging has had to take a back seat. It’s so close I can smell it – just three more weekends between me and the TNF100 start line. Things have gone relatively well – lots of mileage in NZ, and the body is holding up ok. Well, when I say ok, I do have a bit of a niggly achilles tendon coming off the back of last week, where I put in roughly 62km over the weekend – no pain, just a bit of discomfort and stiffness, and hopefully it will sort itself by 16 May.
I think I’ve finally come to accept that, injury prone as I am, there’s a pretty high chance of something being wrong with me just prior to my major event each year. On the bright side, the timing isn’t too bad, as this weekend just past was a cross training week on my schedule, with minimal running and some good time on the bike and elliptical. This has hopefully given the achilles a bit more of a chance to settle.
The only thing I haven’t quite done as much as I’d have liked in the run up to this race, is some speed work. The only form of this I’ve done all year, is playing “Zombies, Run!“. I was really hoping to get some decent hill repeats in over April, but between my grumpy achilles tendon and a nasty cold, all my runs have been at an easy pace. Still, I reckon I have a shot at making it round the course in under 20h, especially after managing to clear the 70km loop round the Kepler track in under 12 (something I have to get round to blogging about soon!).
As has been the usual in every one of my annual major events, everything seems a little borderline. Not necessarily a bad thing – if I knew I could do it for sure, where’d the fun in that be?
The past three weeks in kms..
- 31 March: Kepler track – 71km
- 4 April: Easy run – 7km
- 5 April: Easy medium run – 16km
- 8 April: Easy-hard-easy – 3km
- 10 April: Easy medium run – 13km
- 11 April: Easy long run – 31km
- 12 April: Easy medium run – 19km
- 15 April: Easy run, with some short strides at tempo – 4km
- 16 April: Easy run, 2km
- 18 April: Bike, 77km