Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 - what now?

2015 is done and dusted. The IRONic jogger continued to jog for most of the year bar some minor injuries and illness. Total distance run was 1940km, which included approximately 29600 metres of climbing. Best 5km time was 22:31 and it wasn't long after that best time (run in April) that things went backwards and never really improved. A similar theme to previous years, but probably slightly better overall in 2015. The start of 2016 has included my longest run since 2010, a slow lap of 25km around the Cotter. Some dodgy navigation made for a slightly longer run than planned.
Wading through Vanitys crossing on the Cotter loop
Current goal is to work on 5km times with some interval training, providing the neural/muscle problems are manageable.  Long runs (of over 15 km) will be less frequent for now, having achieved the 25km. Once the weather cools down new goals will be set depending on how well interval training has been tolerated. Intervals (1km reps or 400m reps) have been in the programme for the last 5 weeks and so far so good. 

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  1. My first Cotter run was in March 1994. Back then it was all trees, mostly pines so no idea of where I was going. We mostly did Jellylegs as well, but to find the right corner to turn off Wimps, we did it by time. As many corners & tracks looked the same, we turned by time. 25 mins was about right, 20 mins was too soon. Vanities was upgraded many years ago, but it did flood often where your pic is taken. 165 times I've been out there, might get one more done before it's all over.

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    1. Thanks TF. The runs up past Mt McDonald and through Vanitys were pretty. I found the rest a bit dull. One of those runs where you need a Jen with you. No doubt it was much prettier pre-fires and dam.

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  2. Yeah, I remember when the Cotter was all mature pine trees - a real shady run back then. Beautiful.
    You've had a pretty good 2015 - hopefully you'll build on that this year. I'll stalk your 400 and 1k rep sessions to monitor your improving form ;-)

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  3. Thanks ET. It was a good thing it was a cloudy day as there isn't much shade out there these days.
    Yes fingers crossed I can build on 2015, I'm using VDot to determine pace of intervals and that is working well. Stalking would be most effective on GC for actual interval pace 😉

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    1. Ha ha. Actually, when you look at Strava on the PC, running your mouse along the profile/pace graph it shows interval pace... so for those 400s around 4:06 pace for 2,3,4 and around 4:15-18 pace for the rest ;)

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