Monthly Archives: February 2010

Race Rehearsal

With just over four weeks to go until Ironman Australia, my Endurance Nation training plan had me do a number of fitness tests this week and then a race rehearsal. The race rehearsal is particularly important as the goal is not only to do a very long training session at your race pace, but also to test out things like your nutrition plan, bike position, etc. so you have time to make adjustments before the race.  My race rehearsal was to consist of a 180 km bike ride and a 10 km run. In the days before I did bike and running tests to confirm how hard I should ride/run.

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Book Recommendation – The Runner’s Edge

IMG_0003_NEW This was the best $14.21 I’ve spent at Amazon.com in a long time.  In this book, Stephen McGregor and Matt Fitzgerald put forward an excellent strategy for maximizing your race performance. It definitely supersedes Daniel’s book on running. They give training strategies, explain how to monitor your fitness and performance, and best of all, it is all built around the WKO+ Performance Management system. I can’t recommend this book highly enough—except for the egregious error of calling the New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard an Australian. After I pointed this out Matt did a mea cupla and copped the blame for that one—and promised to correct it in the next edition.

New Zealand – Perfect Place for Ironman Training

It is all my mother-in-law’s fault. She lives near Port Macquarie Australia, home of Ironman Australia and every year she sends me newspaper clippings of the race with the note ‘when are you going to race here?’.  Since I am starting a new job in Sydney Australia on 1 April, and the race is the Sunday before I start, I felt I no longer had any valid excuse (lack of training notwithstanding). So I plonked down my money and now have to do the blasted race—swim 3.8 km, bike 180 km and run 42 km. This is one of those good news, bad news races. The good news is that I will be doing my training for the race in New Zealand at the top end of the South Island which, as you will see from the photos that follow, is stunningly beautiful.

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