Having completed four weeks of swim focus training, last week was all about rest and recovery. For anyone that actually knows me they will also know that this means no such thing, I may do different things, but just as much!
With the winter weather truly setting in last week, all of this week’s training was done in the comfort of either the gym or at home. The training featured a lot of weight work as I don’t get to do this very much during the season so I like to do some dedicated sessions regularly throughout the off season to build some supporting muscle.
When you haven’t done heavy weights for a while it is guaranteed to make you ache for days!
The weights were broken up by some quality turbo sessions, the first being a guided audio set from www.audiofuel.co.uk which featured 60 Minutes of Chrissie Wellington shouting orders into my ears. Very effective workout though and certainly made the legs burn. The second major turbo session was using one of Sufferfest’s (http://www.thesufferfest.com/) videos, entitled “Angels”. These are ridiculously hard sessions and certain get a sweat going!
This week I start a five week block of bike focus, the aim is to bring the bike mileage up and increase leg strength in the run up to Christmas.
In addition I am having my first consultation with Insight Nutrition (http://www.insight-nutrition.com/). Those of you that know me will know that I have always had a bad relationship with food. If you have read the section entitled “The story so far” then you will understand where this has come from.
However it’s time for me to face my food demons and admit that I still have a very unhealthy relationship with food, eating really the bare minimum I need to be able to train. My goal is to better understand my personal calorie intake allowance and what I should be eating to obtain my maximum performance and beyond. Hopefully Insight can help me with this and make a real change. I am looking forward to it with some trepidation…. I will let you know how I get on.