Catch Up on the blog

Running:

So it looks like my ankle is a lot worse than I thought it was.  I am almost positive I have a fracture.  Since I rolled my ankle in late August, I gave it close to a month of rest than since that time, I have done a number of test runs with a good week or so between tests.  I can run with no pain but as soon as I finish running, my ankle is sore for a few days.

Because I waited so long and how complicated the ankle is, a fracture may not show up on a x-ray so I am just not going to run for the rest of this year and really focus on swim, bike and the gym.

I “may” from 1st December start incline walking on the treadmill again.   I will assess as I get closer.

Bike:  

When I started this project, I set myself targets of what I wanted to achieve along the way.  Since I had stopped running, my cycling has been going from strength to strength every week.  It is crazy how many new peak power records I have set.  I did a FTP test last Tuesday and I went far better than I had thought I would with a new FTP of 308 watts.  This is the number I had hopped to hit in May 2021 so I am pumped I got it this soon.

Past FTP tests:

  • 10/10/2016 – 251 watts
  • 4/2/2017 – 261 watts
  • 29/3/2017 – 265 watts
  • 11/7/2017 – 278 watts
  • 13/2/2018 – 282 watts
  • 9/3/2019 – 275 watts
  • 18/5/2019 – 283 watts
  • 1/7/2019 – 287 watts
  • 23/10/2019 – 295 watts
  • 22/10/2019 – 308 watts 

 

Swim: 

Not running has allowed me to add an extra 3-4 swims per four week training blocks. There is nothing really to report here just yet, just turning the laps over.

 

Gym:

Also with not running has afforded me an extra session per week that I can lift weights.  It has taken me months (and months) to get to this stage but I am finally at the stage that I am now lifting heavy in my sessions and it is not having a negative impact on any of my other training.

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As I have mentioned a few times in past blogs, I had planed to pace Jack during the Burnie Ten.  Unfortunately I was unable to do this.  Because Jack is only ten years old, he was a little concerned running 10km on his own, I lined up with him at the starting line and watched him run off.  I jumped on my bike and rode up and was “one of them” who likes to ride alongside a run race.

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