Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pacing,Training, Coaching and Crossfit. A busy week..

I'm slowly getting back to where I want to be and training is going as planned with continuous improvements rather than peaks and troughs.  I was asked to pace the 3:15 finish for the Kildare Marathon last Sunday with only a few days notice.  I reluctantly agreed but was glad I did as it turned out to be a perfect test of my fitness.  Approaching the race as a long training run I ran it without any fluids and managed to complete the distance with my heart rate staying at the lower end of my aerobic zone and at no time did I feel any discomfort.  I did carry a gel just in case I started to feel any drop in energy and if needed I would of course have taken some fluids.
Training since then has continued as normal with all runs staying aerobic but I have noticed that my pace is starting to increase as I need to push harder to get into the zone.
Train the heart and the body will follow!

Yesterday I met with Mark Pollock, Simone & Simon O'Donnell in Trinity College sports centre to train in techniques to assist with Mark's rehab.  These training sessions last up to 2 hours and include a variety of exercises which are a follow on from Mark's time spent with Project Walk and the objective is to train Mark's legs how to walk again.  I'll follow up with a more detailed explanation of what's involved as I get more involved.

Learning how to Deadlift properly!

Today I met with John Belton for a training session in Performance Therapy Ireland (Crossfit North Dublin) and went back to basics.  Turns out I couldn't do as much as he was hoping to do because of my restricted range of movement and rather than complete the session he had planned I ended up spending the time working on my mobility although I still went home feeling sore.  I now have a series of exercises to complete every day for the next week and if running I've to also do them pre run.

Hip Flexor Stretch.

My daughter Aisling came along and managed to do what I couldn't which was a bit embarrassing but it now means I have a new training partner.

Aisling learning how to front squat.

Crossfit Endurance Trainer's Course, London, March 2011.

Left to Right: John Belton, Brian Mackenzie, Doug Katona, Me, Stephen Weinmann (Owner Performance Therapy Ireland / Crossfit North Dublin).
My thanks to John & Stephen for today's training session.

Tomorrow I'm taking part in a Questions and Answers session at 'The Adventure Weekend' in the RDS on a panel with Mark Pollock, Gearoid Towey as part of Outsider Magazine's Think Tank.

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