January Update

We’ve had our fair share of torrential rain over the last few weeks, but the consistency of training has remained.  I’ve managed to luck out in dodging the rain for the most part and have enjoyed some cloudier and cooler runs.  January turned out to be a breakthrough for the most run distance I’ve covered in a calendar month at 229.58 miles.  Brian also scheduled a 5k track run to get a benchmark for where my current run fitness is.  Doing the run solo, I was chuffed to go 16:56 for a new PB, 52seconds faster than my previous best.  I'm realistic in knowing that's a long way from being very fast, but I don't claim to be a short course athlete - it's not where my strengths lie.  The only disappointment I’ve had whilst running came during this week’s long run, where the shop I intended to stop at halfway through the run was closed.  It was a scorching morning and I suffered another 3 miles before getting to the next store to rehydrate. 

As bike training is being done on the indoor trainer, there’s no way I’m going to be breaking any records for bike volume – that will have to wait until I get back to Boulder in the summer.  With the Abu Dhabi race less than 4 weeks away, there’s no avoiding the long rides that are needed to be ready for the race.  I’ve had a few decent rides which have been far from a cake walk, the toughest of which was 4 hours at an average p