Ben Duffus – Training diary: 11th – 24th November

Monday 11th November: Strength exercises + 1 hour cycling

Easy spinning

Tuesday 12th November: W/U exercises + 65 min

24minutes of speed work on single track + 20min barefoot

I felt great running today but what felt even better was finishing the last of my uni exams for the year! Not long now until I get that bit of paper!

Wednesday 13th November: W/U exercises + 75 min

Up Lookout track-down/up Chapel Hill Rd trail – down Reservoir trail – return along same route + 20min barefoot

Thursday 14th November: Strength exercises + 2 hours cycling

Easy spinning

Feeling great and enjoying the post-exam sleep-ins!

Friday 15th November: W/U exercises + 90min

25min of uphill reps on Chapel Hill Rd trail + 20min barefoot

I was surprised that my legs felt a little bit heavy (but nothing too bad!) since I’ve been taking it easy, but I still managed to get progressively quicker in each rep. So overall it great start to building up towards Bogong to Hotham!

Saturday 16th November 3.5hours

Reps up Polly’s – run to ArmyLand (Kokoda Course) – return along the backside of Polly’s

Met up with Dave Coombs and had been planning to do three hours but the extra reps up Polly’s at the start resulted in the run taking three and half hours. I had foolishly decided I didn’t need to take any food or water with me and thus ended up desperately stealing water from Dave’s pack up the finial climb (which, as unsurprisingly was a real struggle!).

Sunday 17th November: W/U exercises + 3hours

Up Lookout bike track – down Honeyeater track – up/down Under Construction trail – along Bellbird trail – up/down Jacksonia Trail – turn around and return along same route + 20min barefoot

Something more important than today’s run was meeting Caine and Tymeka’s beautiful baby girl, Indie. She had arrived on Friday night and couldn’t be cuter! Congratulations guys!

Ben_with_Indie

Monday 18th November: Strength exercises + 90min cycling

Easy spinning

Tuesday 19th November: W/U exercises + 75 min

30minutes of speed work on single track + 20min barefoot

I had a few sore spots from some new exercises the day before but otherwise felt great.

Wednesday 20th November: W/U exercises + 90 min

Up Lookout bike track – down Honeyeater track – up Under Construction trail – along Bellbird trail – up/down Jacksonia Trail – turn around and return along same route + 20min barefoot

That bit of soreness had gone so I was feeling really good .

Thursday 21st November: Strength exercises + 90min cycling

Easy spinning

Friday 22nd November: W/U exercises + 60min

14minutes uphill reps on Chapel Hill Rd Trail + 20min barefoot

I’m not quite sure what happened today. When I woke up I just wanted to go back to sleep but figured I would see if the feeling went away once I started running. My legs felt super heavy in the first rep and even worse in the second, but I didn’t slow down much. However, in the third rep I knew halfway in I was going to be considerably slower than the first two and was feeling horrible, so pulled the pin there and jogged home.

Saturday 23rd November: 60min

60min at Bonogin

I met up today with Caine, hoping that whatever went wrong yesterday was just a one off and was planning to do a long run. Unfortunately my legs felt exactly the same as they did the day before and I was really struggling and hiking even the slightest of inclines. Even the downhills started feeling rough so I cut my run short.

Sunday 24th November: Rest

 

Well, it wasn’t the best end to week, training wise, but I’m hoping I just need a bit of time to recover after uni and exams. While I don’t otherwise feel sick, I’ve gotten sick post-exams many times before, so that could be what is happening.

I’ve also started working with the Quantum Technology Lab at UQ, and I am planning to do my honours project with them next year. Basically, this entails using lasers to investigate some pretty weird and whacky (i.e., fun and interesting) things.

As always, my training program was created by Andy Dubois at Mile27 Personal Training.

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