Category Archives: Keep Fit

Updates for my keep fit regime

Training Update 4

Training I’m sure if done right is all about routine – well for me I have a sort of training routine with regards to days:

Currently on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – I try to do around 50/60 minutes of swimming.

Tuesday and Thursdays are my running days.

(Monday to Friday I cycle to work as well)

Currently the swimming is going well. I still try to do 64 lengths, but I’m starting to work on line and pace.

The run was always a tricky one to get motivated by – not sure why as I enjoy it, for some reason on the run days I woke up worn out. So I decided to change things a little. On these days I get up and out of the house early and try to get to the office for around 07:00 – then I’ll start my run. Initially it was to Edgbaston Reservoir, do one circuit then come back (6.1k) – now this is a longer distance than previously attempted, but recent weekend runs gave me the confidence to do it.

So after a few sessions of 6.1k I decided to step it up a little – on the weekend just gone I thought i’d push to around 7-8k, turns out I did 9km – which was quite tiring, but nice to complete. I have now altered my weekday runs, I’m still at the reservoir, but I’ll do two laps instead – the pace isn’t great – but it’s a nice distance to build on (8.8km)

Training Update 3

Just keep things going, thought I’d update the training info.

Cycling as normal is the usual trip to work and back – nothing special here – though it’s one area that needs work with regards to pace and distance.

Swimming – regularly swimming 64 lengths non stop now – as with cycling I need to work on pace and technique.

Running – well finally hit a mile stone of 6km on Friday lunchtime – not a great pace (around 40 minutes), but it’s the furthest I’ve run before and my legs are still suffering a bit!

Although it’s not strictly part of my training, diet is something i’m looking at improving – It’s still pretty bad, but I’ve attempted to cut down on the junk during the working week and as of Friday it looks to be paying off (compared to the previous Friday’s weigh in). I’m starting to eat fruit and less chocolate/biscuits and hope to see how it all works out.

Training Update 2

Quite an interesting week just gone and a sneak peek into this week.

Cycling: 10 journeys to/from work 14 miles per day
Running: Managed to do around 3.2km once during the week – slight issues with motivation and waking up for a run!
Swimming: Initially maintained my 16-32-8 sessions, but progressed to swimming the final leg without the pull buoy.
The final leg increased initially to 16, then on a weekend session managed 20 then 8.

Today’s (Monday) session was another good one – started with 16 with the float, moved on to 32 without it and then a further 16 without the float. So 64 lengths completed. Maybe +/- a couple of lengths as I usually loose count!

So it looks as if the swimming is almost there, just need to work on pace. Now time to start on the running.

Also the diet could do with a bit of work!!!

New Target Smashed!!!!!

Not a lot to say other than remember that 16 length target? Well you can consider that well smashed!

Today I managed 20 lengths unaided – the pool at Fox Hollies is apparently 25 metres, though it doesn’t feel like it is. That might be due to the shallow depth.

So quite happy today – celebrated with a couple of sausage rolls and a rock cake from Greggs! Not exactly an athlete training diet, but it’s Saturday so I tend to let myself go a bit.

Just hoping the temperature starts to rise a little as I can start to work on my running training.

Target reached (just 8 months late!)

Before last years ‘fun’ triathlon I set a target of eight lengths of my local pool, so I’d be prepared for the 200 metre open water swim. The event has been and gone and the swimming target was never reached. But today I have reached that milestone (well 200 metrestone!).

As part of my swimming training i’ve been mostly using the pull buoy, but this week I have also started to swim without it. The pull buoy has helped with my breathing and my position – whilst it’s still not great it’s a vast improvement over last year.

After my 16-48 and 4 without the buoy swim earlier in the week I thought I’d try 8 at the end. To my surprise it worked. I wasn’t feeling too bad and more importantly I could actually walk afterwards!

Next target is 16 lengths unaided.