All the latest from Team SportPursuit Ironman athlete Chris Glover, as he prepares to take on the Ironman Bolton:
16th July – Back In The Saddle, Mojo Returned
24th June 2013 – An Early Bath For Mr Glover
Following all the excitement of joining the SportPursuit IM Bolton team, training volume increased significantly over the last two weeks. Training was going well up until last weekend. Saturday comprised of a 100km bike ride followed by Freckleton half marathon on Sunday. Saturday ride was superb my hydration and nutrition worked well and my training partner and I happily cycled around the Fylde coast talking IM (my training partner will be riding the cycle leg of the Outlaw as part of a relay team in a couple of weeks). The last 10k on the bike I did however suffer pain in my right foot which I have attributed to requiring new bike shoes (promptly purchased following the ride).
Thinking no more about my foot I dragged myself out of bed on Sunday morning to hydrate and fuel for the half marathon (I have to say I felt jaded after the ride on Saturday but was up for the race all the same).
By 2pm on Sunday afternoon my pills and potions had kicked in and I was ready to race. In my mind I was going to go nice and easy and treat it like a training run. Unfortunately as the race started “Competitive Chris” set off in race mode and after 10km I was on for a PB and felt fresh. However, 10 -15 km I could feel the pain in my right foot that I had experienced on the Saturday and the final parts of the race both my knee and foot felt destroyed and I was forced into a run walk.
I am not sure what occurred on the day; I expect the foot niggle altered my running gait which has brought on “runners knee” which I have suffered with in the past. My right foot was blistered badly and my knee pretty much locked. My doctors have advised against running for a at least a few weeks to allow my knee to settle down (last time I suffered with runners knee I was out for months).
This as the blog title suggests has sent me for and early bath, and I am unfortunately going to be unable to race at IM Bolton this year. This was a very difficult call to make. I was so excited about meeting the team, racing for SportPursuit and finally becoming an Ironman, however ultimately I feel the call to pull out was correct one.
This is by no means the end of my quest to become an Ironman I am pre-registered to race in 2014 and plan on structuring my training accordingly to achieve my goal.
I wish the rest of the team well on the big day and plan on being there on race day to give them some encouragement.
17th June 2013 – 47 Days Remaining
10th June 2013 – 54 Days Remaining
Well a week of mixed emotions.
I received the email last Monday asking if I would like to be part of Team SportPursuit at Ironman Bolton. I made a few phone calls to a) understand if I could possibly get around the course on 9 weeks training, and b) try to get someone to talk me out of it. Unfortunately nobody talked me out of it and my questions were answered with positivity and an air of trepidation. Lee Smith, a fellow triathlete (I beat him by two minutes in our last race – he would like this as part of my blog) explained what a great opportunity this would be. This was, however his cunning plan to get me to actually enter and as soon as I confirmed he spent all day putting the fear of god in me for the bike leg. Apparently from my house in Lytham St Annes if I cycle south I get to Wolverhampton or head north and the bike leg gets me to Lockerbie. Brilliant. Many thanks Mr Smith.
I have to admit I have been in some dark places in my mind this week and need to switch the negative energy to positive. Reading my friend’s blog – who is recovering from cancer – put things into perspective and that this should be treated as a journey with a short term goal. I should be thankful that I am well enough to take on this challenge.
Training went well Monday to Friday. Some decent work on the bike and some longer steady runs; unfortunately the swimming is a worry at the moment. I am cramping in my calf at about 2km. This is eating away at me as the swim should be the easy bit – I think I have read every forum known to man on calf cramp during swimming. I am now eating significantly more bananas and hydrating better and at lunch I managed a 2km swim with no sign of cramp, so fingers crossed.
Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be my long bike long run days, however I coach my son’s football team (The mighty AFC Blackpool) and they had a 2 day tournament. I managed to take my bike with me and did a few bike loops between games but nothing like the miles I had planned.
Apart from that a normal week for myself, other than being knocked over by a mobility scooter in Tesco on Friday evening. I think he was doing about 10mph when he rammed me into the Haribo’s. I wouldn’t have been happy if he had ended my Ironman quest before it even got started.