Sunday, March 18, 2018


Today's number of bike reps (30/30s). Pretty good session. Good burn.

On other matters I wasn't expecting so much of the white stuff. A surprising 5-10cm. And as the snow came down I got to looking over my maps - as one does when one's housebound. Okay, that's bollocks - the housebound bit, not the looking over my maps. I really must get back fit so I can revisit all those great places out there in the wilderness.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back Up To Speed

I was back up on 16kph today. Eight reps at 30/45 and 4% elevation. Felt okay. I was keeping up with pace rather than battling not to slide off the back...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fifteen Felt Easier

Fifteen reps on the treadmill today. Thirty seconds on with 45 seconds recovery. It felt much easier than the sessions a few weeks ago. Oddly easy. I need to nudge up the effort factor... Put in ten 30/30 bike reps yesterday but didn't bother to write home about it.

And now it's time to bunker down as that pesky Putin fires in another salvo. Not content with the beast from the east or the Salisbury chemical attack he's sending in the beast II - lock up your bread and milk...

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Feeling Like Igor...

As I shuffle around with a stiff neck and aching shoulders. I've not been able to HIIT it today. That's down to using the rucksack yesterday for the first time in ages. It wasn't particularly heavily loaded but I guess you move differently when you're packing. Anyway it's no good for hitting the treadmill.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Plenty Of Layers

It's a nasty job but somebody's got to do it. Today, having volunteered a while ago to marshal check point one, Tour of Torpantau fell race, it was time to make the payment. The weather was not pleasant - slight understatement - but a promise is a promise, and wearing plenty of layers I headed up to Fan y Big from the race HQ -  the forest car park.

I took a slightly wonky route across the expanse but got there in the end. Fortunately, as it turns out, the slightly wonky route meant I wasn't waiting longer than necessary, sat, as I was, at the summit in the wind and rain. Having said that, I was up there about an hour before the sweeper came through and I was relieved of duty.

After the return slog across the top I got back down to the car in good order and with all those layers I wasn't cold or even that wet - at least on the inside. I was glad to put on a fresh set of clothes though before heading home.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ten Not Quite Of The Best

Yes, ten somewhat random reps on the treadmill this evening. I couldn't quite make up my mind just exactly what the session was meant to be. In the end I ran ten reps of between 30 and 45s with 75 to 90s recovery at a pace of 14 to 16kph and the elevation set at 4% - about the only thing that wasn't random...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Slightly Slacking...

I've been found a bit lacking over the last few days. Managed a couple of  bike HIIT sessions including ten 30/30s reps today and five 60/60s on Sunday. Need to step things up a bit...

Saturday, March 03, 2018

A Bit Tough Going Today

Pretty standard fair today. Eight rowing intervals, 30/30 followed by just five 60/90s reps on the treadmill. It was a bit lack lustre if the truth be told.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

That Got The Heart Pumping

Eight reps 30/30s on the rower followed by five reps 30/30s on the bike. I was dying on the last couple of reps.  Feels like it's doing me good though - something that takes that much effort has to be doing me good, right?...

Saturday, February 24, 2018


A session of eight 60s reps at 15kph with two minutes recovery and the elevation kept at my now normal level of 4%. I'm slowly starting to edge the sessions out. A little longer. A little faster. A few more reps. It's going in the right direction.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Short and Sharp

Steady session to end the work week. 20 minutes on the bike with five efforts to finish followed by a sharp hiit on the treadmill. Twelve reps 30s/30s at 14kph and 4% elevation. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Breathing Deeply

I definitely feel over the wheezing. Six 30/30s rowing reps followed by six 30/30s bike reps. Didn't feel like I was going to die tonight. Still a hard workout though, just didn't need to gasp for breath come the final few reps.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

That Was Hard Work

Not a long session but long enough - and not to mention lung busting. I decided to edge up the rep duration to 60s and aimed to run ten at 16kph on a 4% elevation with 90s recovery. It ended up being a starting rep at 14kph followed by four at 16kph and a final one at 14kph for six in total with the recovery slipping out to 120s. Even then I had to step off the treadmill after completing the rep to let the speed drop before getting back on. Didn't expect the extra fifteen seconds to make it that much harder work! I finished the session with 5 reps on the bike, 30/30s and got the burn good.

When I read the session back and recall what I used to be able to run... Well, it's not worth thinking about. The here and now is all that matters for now. So anyway, although I'm not feeling completely unwheezy, I think I'm over the worst of it. Hopefully more training tomorrow...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Training Didn't Quite Make The Earth Move

I'm still feeling a bit wheezy but after having given the training a miss yesterday I felt I needed to do some today - however poor it might turn out to be.

The session today was 10 reps of 45/75s at 14kph with 4% elevation. I wasn't sure if I'd complete as after the first couple I was really puffing, sucking in the air to recover but oddly it got easier through the session. I finished with a ten minute warm down on the bike.

It wasn't till an hour after training I read there'd been an earthquake. On checking my start time I can confirm it wasn't me that caused the earth to move - that happened a few minutes prior to my session starting.