Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I think I'm getting older.

Hard to believe, I know. But it's true. I've been guilty of burning the candle at both ends this week and when that happens something has to give. Consequently I dragged myself into the brightness of Sunday morning, bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived, like someone suffering from their first hangover telling themselves, "I"ll never do it again".

Only, in this instance, I'm going to adhere to that mantra.

Strange but I've become someone who would rather enjoy his training than fire into the red wine until 3am on a Sunday morning. I'm coming to the conclusion though that quality sleep and a 'well body' is one of the key elements of optimal training. When I have them I'm good. But when I don't I'm very, very bad.

I think I need to accept that I'm fighting a war on so many fronts. In addition to wanting to break eleven hours in my next Ironman and maintain the twelve to fourteen hours of training that entails (and remember that's training time, not counting changing, showering, driving to the pool etc), I want to be a full time world class father to my amazing kids, a full time husband to my equally amazing and understanding wife, continue to run a successful and expanding TV commercials production company and write my next movie script. All of these things take dedication and commitment and they all require time. Something will have to give and, I'm afraid it's going to have to be my love of a good old session (of the non-training variety) at the weekend.

If I'm going to be fresh to train, write, coach maths, play footy, do the swimming run, read lines with the girls as they rehearse, travel the country on business not to mention a myriad of other things including writing this bloody blog, then I need to be rested and refreshed. Unfortunately that doesn't go hand in hand with a couple of bottles of red wine and several glasses of port until 3am on a Sunday morning.

Frankly, I think I also slightly overdid the training last week. I couldn't run due to a blister suffered the previous saturday and decided to get some quality biking in. As a result I've got a sore knee and my shoulders are aching - shoulders more due to swimming I think. So I'm having a week of lighter, fat burning training before re-grouping and embarking on the next stages of training.

Training last week looked like this:

Monday: 60 mins swimming and drills
Tuesday: 60 mins swimming interval sprints. 2 hrs 15 mins bike ride. Big ring average of 17.2mph.
Weds: 60 mins swimming interval springs. 2 hrs 25 mins bike ride. 17.5mph, big ring, average heart rate 73% of Maximum.
Thursday: Complete rest day
Friday" 60 minutes swim - specific warm ups and 1km benchmark easy pace of 18'52" (Not meant to be fast but will be using this time in future to assess strength and efficiency of stroke). 57 minutes turbo cycling... pyramid heart rate 'beasting' session.
Saturday: 4 hours 30 mins long solo bike. First two hours on turbo to avoid icy roads then onto road for 2 hrs 30 mins. Between 65% and 75% of Max Heart rate. Bloody cold.
Sunday: 25 mins recovery road run. Blisters okay.

Total time training this wee: 14.53 hours.

Remember folks... 'Just say no to Mr Booze'.

Let's be careful out there...


Anonymous said...

HI Jevon,

Just thought i would say hello!

You will be pleased to know that you beat me by one age group place and 49 seconds at Austria last year...you must have actually overtaken me as i was trying to persuade my mum to run over the line with me! (she didnt)

I got your link from Trev Brown our mutual "ally" (??) i was Trevs Best Man way back in 1986 when he betrothed the beautiful Jane.

You werent at Woolton too were you, i think he will be distrurbed to hear you are off the sessions though...mind you he has never been able keep up himself since he moved to Atlanta

My big goal is Lanzarote this year under 12 is the objective subject to the sirrocco,

Good luck with the training ...and remember you cant have your peaks without your troughs, ...and it is possible to "overtrain"!

Best wishes

Iain Parsons

Jevon said...

great to hear from you. I was indeed at Woolton and was president of that venerable establishment... maybe we met at an new years party way back when... I seem to remember loads of Heswall boys being 'asked to leave'.
Good luck with Lanzarote under 12... that's a tough one. I'm aiming for Klag under 11 which is, I think, an equally tough task. I think you're right about over training. Are you North west based?

Anonymous said...

....hmmmmmmmmmmmm i think that New Year you recall may have been the scene of "Fruitwars 1" if i remember correctly....yes a bit of a drunken debacle...all Trev's fault of course..

Yes i am North West Based back in in Heswall after a few years away and in Chester Tri, Its well located for big knarly bikes into Wales....give me a call or email 07740 798575 - ip@yourmarketingworks.com) if youre up this way and i will introduce you to some Snownodia "miles" ...(Great for the Rupertsberg, and that other bugger of a hill that they sneaked in without telling anone about it)

Doing any other events this year?

The BIg Woody perhaps to optimise all that IRONtraining?

CHeers (again!)


Anonymous said...

I used to go to school on my bike. I remember Iain and Trev back then. They were both great guys. Iain was great at football especially against Blacon High when he nearly kicked an opponents leg off. Trev beat me at the 100 yard sprint. He was built like a sprinter.

Regards Pete Howarth