After a little over a week of running out doors our replacement treadmill was delivered into our newly painted garage. Claire had had a busy 4 days clearing, painting, and refilling the garage to give the Nordictrack Commercial 2450 a nice new dust free home. I helped a bit but much of the work did happen with me on my turbo on Saturday. Nordictrack had been great in agreeing to swap out or damaged incline trainer (not up to the iFit program I’d bought to use on it) for a dedicated running machine. A pity to lose the ability to walk up 40 degrees but we gain in having a stable running platform – something you definitely want when running 10 mph on this 3:00 marathon training plan.
My first run on the new machine just happened to be Wednesday intervals – a good test of both it and me. It passed the test with flying colours, me – not so much!! I did manage most of the intervals but had to drop the pace a couple of times when my heart rate went a little too high and my breathing became panicked. I find it amazing that my cousin-in-law John Peters does tempo runs at these paces, but then he’s just a youngster running Masters Over 40’s! The rest of the week has gone well on the machine, including a good 9 mile session on Sunday. The middle 3 miles was done at 6:27 pace – or would be if the machine didn’t restrict the speed on programmed declines.
With turbo sessions going well and swimming without a wet suit working me hard the only miss was the weekend swim. Sunday saw the 226 tri, where we worked a run aid station until the finish – which was great fun. But it meant that I should have swum on Saturday, but a late Friday night meant that didn’t happen!
I have also begun working with an odd device called the Powerbreathe Plus. I’m hoping that it is going to help me get over my breathing issues at the top end of my efforts. They claim a 5% increase in performance in just 4 weeks. I don’t know about that but I can definitely notice an improvement after just 2 so am encouraged to keep it up.
We also enjoyed watching some Prolong clients doing well last weekend. Russel got a great 15th at the UKs hardest single iron distance tri – the X – with very little run training, and the following day Kev was storming round the Standard Distance (Olympic) European Championships in Kitzbuhel – both have helped motivate me to kick on again with my own training. The weeks to go to the Deca are getter fewer, by the week 😜