Mobility = Survivability

I hope everyone had a good weekend and made the most of the awesome weather.  Things were good at home with plenty of stuff going on to keep us busy.  We’re on a mission to get Liam operating at full health for his exams, so he was off to the myotherapist first thing Saturday morning….I’m sure the pain of which was made bearable by the fact it was being inflicted by a pretty cute therapist.  I think she may have secured herself a regular client.

That afternoon I took Angus, Liam and Amanda (Liam’s beloved plus-one) to the Game Masters exhibition at ACMI which was pretty entertaining…there were even some old favourites there from my own years of a mis-spent youth.  We grabbed an early dinner in town before heading home to watch the rest of the footy.

Sunday was all go…Angus off to cricket at 0900 where we spent the next three hours or so.  He already knew a few players there and had no trouble fitting in….needless to say, he’s now a club member and looking forward to playing through summer with his mates.  Time for a quick lunch before I took him to his first afternoon session of his latest interest….Parkour.  The weather was perfect for his outdoor beginner class and he absolutley loved it, despite walking away with a few aches and pains.  For those that don’t know much about Parkour, here’s a little video for you…pretty cool stuff.

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This week’s training is all about recovery, rehabilitation and mobility…with my daily cycling remaining to gently roll my legs over each day.  I’ve been working pretty hard for the last three or four weeks and it’s time to press the reset button.  Next weekend’s trip to Wilson’s Promontory National Park is all about running and rehearsals…with intentions of getting more mileage done than I have ever run in my life, I need to make sure I’m in the best possible condition.  My goal is to complete a 60km run and walk away with nothing but general fatigue…no niggles, no aches, no pains.  I have programmed my Polar RS800CX to steer me through a set sequence that will lend some respect to my race mantra….”Go as slow as you need to.  Just don’t stop.”

The heart rate computer will take me through three rotations of:  Run 800m (80-89% MaxHR) + Recovery jog 2 mins (70-79% MaxHR) x 18 rounds, then 25 mins Recovery jog (60-69% MaxHR).   Total estimated distance of 60.0km with a total time of 6 hours 45 minutes.  This should take me around some spectacular scenery with some good hill work, twisty single tracks and a bit of music keeping my mind busy.

I’ll be carrying all the necessities with me, courtesy of my new CamelBak MULE….with a 3.0L fluid capacity to hold my Hammer Perpetuem liquid carb mix and 8L gear storage for some solid food and kit.

In addition to the running will be some equally important “transition training”, where I’ll be testing/assessing how to have things set up in the tent, getting dressed/undressed when wet, light/heat and pretty much anything else that might help me maintain a positive state of mind when I’m totally shattered and freezing my butt off in the middle of the night.

Weirdly, I’m really looking forward to it.

MORNING

Ride 14.1km to home at 70%

Average heart rate 129bpm   Energy 419kcal   Time  35:08

then…

Six exercises for maximum mobility…

AFTERNOON

Thirty minutes of roller and stick work for calves, quads and ITBs.

EVENING

Ride 14.1km to home at 70%

Average heart rate 121bpm   Energy 313kcal   Time  37:13

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