Long way back
How could I be thinking that getting back in shape and achieving decent results would be easy at 50. They say that a bit of naivety is good when you embark on mad journeys and perhaps I would never have made it if I would have known how hard it would turn out to be. But I like it….
SLOVAKMAN226 – interesting run course….
Last year, after what I though a decent preparation – I really had miserable results and one of my club friends described it well – you had been out of triathlon so long that you didnt even remember if the bike was before the swim. Hes right – Id been on the bench for way to long.
It was like trying to race a rusty old vintage car with the V8 engine ripped out and replaced with one of those battery engines you have in electric tooth brushes – a lot of vibration and friction but very little effect.
This year I still race the rusty old vintage car but there has been an engine upgrade. Perhaps not with a V8 but at least a V6. The chassis still looks old and shitty with rust, dings and dents – but now its starting to move forward at decent speed again. And that is all that really matters.
So how and what did I do in the past year, getting my old body from a 10:30 to a comfortable 9:40 Ironman. Bellow I have listed the main reasons for the improvement – an improvement journey that is far from completed.
After careful consideration I decided to get a coach again and since Jean is no longer coaching I evaluated other alternatives and finally chose Teresa at Uperform.dk. I didnt expect too much change to what I was doing and at first I was surprised with how little training she prescribed compared to the comfortable low intensity 15-20hours / week that I had now started to get used to.
That was until I started to do the sessions. It was really hard – and I like that!
For someone who has done old school triathlon training with fewer intervals – it has been a very sobering experience – well worth the pain when I now see the results.
In hindsight, and now knowing that Teresa has been coaching Patrik Nilsson to a new Swedish and Nordic Ironman Record of 7:49:18 – reducing 12min on an already amazing bike split and 2 min on a 2:45 marathon proves that her strategy works and that she knows her stuff.
It is highly likely that the years with old school training has built a solid base and after a good 18 years of rest and recovery (….) its now time to add the quality sessions to get speed and strength. Who knows, we will see if I can cut another 50 minutes of my Ironman time, in a DRAFT FREE race – now that would really be something to write about!
Instead of listening to the latest fad from self-proclaimed LCHF experts (without education on the subject) I have chosen to listen to Teresa who is educated as a nutritionist.
This has led to some small adjustments in my nutrition.
- I now bring the correct amount of energy on all training sessions to be able to train hard. Typically; that would be 300cKal/hour 3xIsostar Gels or one bottle of sports drink.
- By using Isostar both in training and racing (and never having any stomach problem with that brand, like I had with many other brands) I am now able to race the whole distance purely on fluids and that is such an improvement in efficiency compared to trying to open and chew sticky bars that I used to do in the past.
- I have started to take Isostar recovery drink (that includes both protein and carbohydrates) after hard sessions and in the cases I have a second session later the same day.
I have noticed that I recover much faster when I do this and as I can train much harder the after burn still keeps me reasonable lean. It’s really quite logical that if you make sure to fuel your body during and after you recover faster.
I am still almost unable to understand and fully grasp the phenomenal improvements that has been made on the ARGON18 E-119 compared to the E-118. To compare what we were riding 20 years ago with todays is not even possible and I still cant understand how we could be do those times on the crap we rode back then.
Its a complete dream to ride the ARGON18 119 and I would easily credit 30min on the bike split to the ARGON18 compared to the old aluminum that we rode back in the 90ties.
I am thankful to be able to do 9:40 in the conditions we had at SLOVAKMAN but think that with better conditions I can do better already this year. 9:40 at 50 is ok considering I did 9:38 in Hawaii at 30 but the project was to become FASTER – not AS fast. So there will be another race this year. Then – I am done (at least for 2016).
Have a good one !