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Boston and beyond

Posted by thepeteplan on February 10, 2009

It is now just over a week till I fly out to Boston for the Crash B’s. That means 8 training days left. Today was an enforced rest day as I spent the day at 21,500ft taking part in a decompression sickness experiment. My plan for the remaining days is alternating easy distance and hard intervals (as normal), but in ever decreasing rep length. The sessions will look something like this:

Wed: Steady distance

Thur: 250m reps

Fri: Steady distance

Sat: 25sec reps

Sun: Steady distance

Mon: 100m reps

Tue: Steady distance

Wed: TBD

Thur: Fly to Boston

Fri: 4 x 500m / 2min rest as race plan

Sat: rest, Sun: race

After Boston:

Initially after Boston I have a choice to make between a short sprints training period, or straight onto distance work. If I choose to go for the sprint option it will be with one simple aim – a sub 1:20 for 500m.

Either after the few weeks of sprint training, or straight after Boston, I plan to go into a period of distance work aiming to do another marathon. Last year I didn’t do any specific training for the marathon, but simply used it as a bench mark test prior to starting a half marathon training phase. I managed 1:52.3 pace for that marathon. This year I will train specifically and aim to break 1:50 pace. Unfortunately the 30-39 marathon record is the fastest of all the marathon records, and far outside my capabilities – 1:50 pace would put me under the 19-29 record though. There will be a sub plot to this phase of training, and I may not mention this again, so keep it quiet. I plan during this (2 to 3 month?) phase of training to do a high volume with a fair proprotion of cross training, and see what happens to my weight. I will be more careful of my diet too to assist the weight going in the right direction. I would quite like to tip the scales at under 85kg when I row the marathon. Exactly what the weight is at that point might determine the direction I go for the rest of the year….

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