Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Back Cycling!!

I am back cycling again!!

As part of my tri club I joined in on the cycle part of a brick session but I also cycled their and back. So when I did the loop I put in a big effort and managed to complete it in an average speed of 19.4 mph.

I was pleased of that speed as I had not been on my bike further this year yet. It was relatively short route but I felt comfortable on the aerobars. Plus I got my cadence sensor to work, although only with one of the two devices.

I might try a brick session another time, subject to weather conditions and amount of light.

Weigh In - lost weight

I have switched to weighing myself every 2 weeks as not react to fluctuations but able to spot the general trends in my weight loss.

With that I have lost 2lb since my last weigh in :-)

Weekly Exercise

Last week I did over 12 hours of exercise with a good mixture of training.

It included a few swims which had one lake swim. Although the cycle was indoors at a gym but were high intensity and were included as part of a 4 hour gym session. The run I did a good long slow run of 14 miles in 2 1/2 hours with the last hour being in rain which I enjoyed.

The areas needing more work is long cycle rides and more swims. Although the cycling has been affected by the amount of rain that we have had recently.

Parkrun at Eastleigh's New Location

After doing my lake swim I headed of to the new location for the Eastleigh Parkrun which was previously at the same venue.

This was on a former golf course which due to the recent rain got fairly muddy especially on a 3 lap course. The route was effectively a W shape with the two end looping round. There was only one slope which did not look that step but due to the muddy conditions and on grass was a lot harder than expected.

I ended up with a time of just over 23 minutes which I was happy with after recovering from the cold swim and the muddy conditions in places on the run.

I enjoyed this run as you saw a lot more people as it was a 3 lap but luckily I did not get lapped.

Lake Swim in April

At the weekend I did my first lake swim of the year :-)

I was thinking about turning back as my car temperature sensor displayed 1C (33F) on the drive down to the lake. However I carried on down to the lake. When I was getting in to my wetsuit the people who had already been for a swim were coming back saying it was cold and they only did 2 laps.

As the grass by lake was already cold I think that helped the transition in to the lake. Surprising my hands and feet were not that cold after the initial shock, the problem was getting my face in the water for more than 5 strokes!! The water soo cold on my face it was taking my breathe away and I was reverting to breaststroke or doggy paddle, I think that affect my GPS data.

The lake is a small lake so I thought it would have warmed up more, they had the lap as 250m. I somehow managed 3 laps in under 30 minutes, not concerned about the speed but I made it. My stroke felt good for the few strokes I managed with my head in the water.