Sunday, June 15, 2008

a mixed week

Start to the week was dreadful, I suffered a bad bout of stomach infection and needed to take some antibiotics (my first for stomach) to get rid of it. The second half of the week was a lot better, thankfully did not have to take too many days off from running and also from work.

This gave me a lot of time to think about Triathlons. I was giving some deep thought to the different types of Tri's in the market and I should aim to do first. The ultimate is Ironman - 3.8km swim, 180km cycling & 42km run. Half Tri (medium distance), which is basically half of everything in Ironman. Olympic tri with 1.5km swim, 40km biking, 10km run. I was originally planning to take up Olympic tri in 2009, which given even my current ability seems a little too easy (I should be able to manage it with as little as 2months preparation time). So I might actually have to find a Medium distance Tri or actually directly get down to doing a Ironman as my first tri, directly in 2010.

I did a mid-night run on Thursday (after a long time), managed 6kms in 36minutes. I also when for a swim on Saturday evening as I was feeling extremely lazy to do a morning run. This was not the usual with mechanical laps, more leisurely, relaxed swimming for about 30mins. Sunday I was back to doing my usual runs, managed a 11km run in about 1hr 12mins.

I need to pick some pace, distance and improve my frequency of runs, I have been doing the 11km runs for too long now.


beanz said...

So can you get to Zurich next summer?

Bedders said...

Just do it!

Girish Mallya said...

Was working on the possible Tris. There are only two in Asia - Malaysia has a ironman (but given the weather conditions, it can't be my first), there is Singapore 70.3tri (half ironman, in humid weather) in Sept 2008. Don't think I will be ready by then as cycling in the monsoons is not really possible in Bombay.

I just need to focus on running if I have any chance(swiming 2km is comfortable) and cycling after that should not be very difficult. Its the run after cycling which is going to be the killer.

Hormaz said...

Hey Girish,
Good going! It would be great for your confidence if you can do one TRI. i guess with your kind of will-power u should be able to do one soon:)
I had a question- you said swimming 2kms is not a problem for you. i wonder how people can swim with such ease. i can only manage a couple of laps in the pool and that too with a great effort. so swimming in the sea is out of question for me. but stamina for me is not a problem considering i do 5-10ks pretty on and off. Hence, how do i improve on my swim? may be i'm lacking a proper technique - your thoughts/suggestions.

Girish Mallya said...

Swimming and cycling are a lot easier than running. Multiple reason - lower impact so very few opps. for injuries, easier to get into a rhythm, plus if your technique is decent and have high endurance levels, its quite easy to improve mileage (compared to running) and do Half Ironman distances.

My suggestion - get a expert/trainer to have a look at your freestyle swimming style. Get your breathing style right - breathe from the sides without taking your head out of water and get your leg and strokes right.

My endurance and mental toughness after last years Ultra has helped me a lot with my swimming and cycling.

Hormaz said...

thanks Girish! that def helps. good luck with your training. cheers.

Girish Mallya said...

You are welcome Hormaz. Do let me know how things go...