Dublin Marathon, Mile 3

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Le Weekend

Saturday - I was traveling due to work on Friday so was unable to do my training session on that day. Luckily enough I was able to work from home on Saturday so had the flexibility to catch up on Saturday morning. Done a bike, swim, bike session. I am really getting into the swimming at the moment; it’s one place where you can completely forget about everything. Even when out running, work and stuff can run through your mind, but when in the pool the only thing you can think about is breathing and swimming! Pretty sad though that whilst most people use You Tube to view talking dogs and the like, I have recently been checking out videos on the perfect front crawl technique. J
Had to do 1000m time trial which was 22mins and 43 seconds. I was hoping for under 21 mins but my arms were tired as soon as I started swimming. Maybe it was something to do with the ride to the pool? Not sure. Anyway, also done a time trial for 500m bi lateral breathing (breathing on alternate sides every 3 or 5 strokes); that was 11.43 which I was happy about as I couldn’t even do it 3 months ago.
Saturday night was round a mates house for birthday drinks and food. Stayed off the alcohol.

Total time 2 hours 10 mins
Food  - BF Muesli, lunch steak salad, evening – BBQ chicken, prawns, chips and dips. 2 alcohol free beers.

Sunday – Big bike ride today. Biked from Mannheim out to Weinheim and then back again. It was a bit cold to start off but then warmed up a bit. The Weinheim area is lovely to bike or run through when the weather is nice (have tried to attach a photo of the old town of Weinheim). Lots of people out there on some very expensive bikes. Was pretty knackered when home but feeling all good with the knee and foot!

Total Time – 2hr 50 mins / 57km
Food  - BF muesli and banana, energy bar, evening steak, spargel and potatoes
Sunday weigh in 93.4 KG
Garmin Stats - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/168310322
Total training time this week - 8Hrs 32 mins

Next weekend is RACE DAY!!! First half marathon of the year and my first since I rightly messed my foot up last May… lets get it on! 


  1. David, glad your foot is better and good luck on your half...I am training for one in Sept. this year and it will be my first! I would like to incorporate swimming into my fitness resume but have yet to do that.

    1. Hiya, thanks for the note. Swimming is a great cross training exercise. I use a pull bouy (small float that fits between the legs) so that you dont tire the legs when swimming and concentrate on upper body. That leaves energy in the legs for running! Good luck with your race too.. :)