50 mile run from the north to the south of the Lake District is my 2016 challenge - taking on over 4000 metres of climbing!
Just treated myself to a new Boardman hybrid bike for the commute into work - 25% off plus £100 of free goodies, well done Halfords! No excuses now...
Got a winter skills course lined up for March - all that walking through knee-deep snow should help my training regime.
Away in Northern Portugal this weekend - just been for a great run in the hills behind Ponte de Lima, followed by some re-hydration! Great spot for cycling.
I'm helping out this year so I won't be running the course but there'll be plenty of running around. Got to make sure each finisher gets a pie!
After 20+ years of service, my Nike off-road cycling shoes were finally laid to rest this weekend - the sole came away so I couldn't unclip! #FreeYourself from new shoes every season!
Ran home from Pateley Bridge tonight - turned out to be a half marathon with 2,200+ feet of ascent! Beautiful scenery through Dallowgill.
Today is Day 1 of a new training regime - I'm trying out what's known as The Maffetone Method, developed by Dr Phil Maffetone, a doctor and a highly respected endurance coach from the USA.
The overall goal is to retrain my body to use fat rather than carbs as it's primary energy source and to focus on developing my aerobic system with very low intensity training. It's completely contrary to conventional wisdom so it's going to be an interesting experiment.
It's Day 6 and I'm still off the carbs and sugar - it's actually pretty easy, I'm eating very well, I'm not hungry and I've dropped a few pounds already! The hardest part is the low-intensity training - keeping my heart rate within the 124-134 range calculated using the 180 Formula - it took me 1 hour 10 mins to do a 10K run that normally takes me under 50 mins!
Just finished the 2-week test and I feel great. I've lost a few kg and am trimmer than I've been for years. Zero carbs and sugar isn't sustainable but I'm going to stick to very low carbs, natural sugars and no junk!
Just did a 10 mile run to Swinton Bivouac, the longest I've done since starting Maffetone. It was easy! I wasn't carrying any excess body weight, I didn't need any fuel and needed very little water. I'll try 20 miles next weekend and see how that feels.
I'm in the Alps for a few weeks in August and want to do a decent trail run before the holiday is over as part of training.
Just taken delivery of a MioFuse HR monitor. It's brilliant because it's so simple - just train within the zone (a green light) for maximum benefit. I'll try it out this weekend.
Just been for my first run using the MioFuse. I warmed up properly (for a change) and then managed to keep within the green zone most of the time - just had a little red burst going up the final hill home! It even vibrates if I get out of my zone - this is so simple it's brilliant! I then sync with my iPhone back home to get the results.
After being away this summer I really struggled with sitting down all day at work when I got back - so now I stand up all day! Apparently it's the same as running several marathons a year. If you want a very easy way to improve posture and burn some calories, this is it - and the design is beautifully simple and functional (it dismantles in minutes). Just Google 'Eiger Standing Desk'.
This is an organised recce of the most technical section of the Lakes in a Day route from Caldbeck to Threlkeld with some tricky navigation. Thought it would be a good idea to go so I don't get lost on the big day!
Clocked up my longest training run today, the first real test of my Maffetone training over the last few months. Managed to clock up 30 miles in 4 and a half hours - powered by Mountain Fuel plus some of these home-made beauties!
There's only one word to describe this - brutal! Conditions were perfect and it was an amazing day - but climbing 13,000 feet in The Lakes on top of the 50 miles was hard.
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