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"Well, it felt like one.."

“Well, it felt like one..”


I am crawling along on 8 wheels and I feel slow. I AM slow.. so very slow. ‘Dafuq is going on… How is it possible that I am THIS slow?


While some of my club mates are off setting some scarcely believable times at the Berlin Inline Half-marathon (38min in the WET.. wtf!), I am plodding my way around laps of Battersea at roughly half this speed, in as disjointed and painful a manner as I can ever remember. Did I mention that I am SLOW at the moment?


The marathon has drained the zip from my legs more than I cared to first admit, and my leg speed is in no hurry to come back any time soon, it seems. Which is a great shame, as I’m supposed to be training for an ultra-marathon that now just 12 weeks away.


In addition, training sessions like today’s – with 40mph gusting winds –  are just horrendous and seem cruelly designed to crush one’s soul at this time of year. At times I had to work like a dog just to avoid being blown backwards. That would be embarrassing. The wind also brings with it a lot of twigs and small branches blown down from the trees that turn the park into a minefield – a skater’s worst nightmare – it’s so easy to stack (our term for a faceplant to the floor). You have to alter your stride and set down with a more open “herringbone” shape – essentially skating in a lower “gear” to make dealing with the twigs easier, but this is not optimal form.  Lastly, throw in the usual sprinkle of Spring showers and the conditions go from already challenging to farcical. I’m pushing >160 on my HRM and am barely able to over-take a runner… MAF isn’t an option when it literally means going backwards. Sad times.


And it’s not just the legs that feel slow and weak, of course. Speed skating engages all sorts of different muscle groups, especially the mid/lower back and the core, and without the miles logged at the moment then it seems that everything hurts when I skate. I do SO envy those people who can jump right back into skating after doing very little and instantly be able to hold great posture – it’s something that I can never do, instead I have to work my way back up to it.


Doing anything special at Le Mans seems a long, long way off at the moment. Things will improve but when? And by how by how much? Will I get back into the kind of skating-shape I was in last year? I know I can’t rush it and my body will just respond when it’s ready to.


Coming up is the Easter weekend – usually a good chance to do a lot of skating and assess fitness levels. I sure hope that I can begin to feel some progress by this time next week.


8 comments on “Headwinds

  1. Ru El
    April 1, 2015

    Hi Van, You’re like Rocky Balboa training in the wilderness, in the snow, and primal. Meanwhile his opponent trains in a modern gym. You’re like Rocky mate. You work hard and do good.

    Stay upright and keep those wheels turning one way or another. The physical and positive mental ones.

    Ru El

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    • Van
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks Ru man! It’s gotta feel tough before it starts feeling easier, right?

      Although it should be pointed out that Rocky got pummelled to a pulp in virtually every single one of his bouts too. Nothing came easy to that dude.


      • Ru El
        April 1, 2015

        Ha! The pain, the struggle, and mind over matter. Somebody’s gotta do the living to try to inspire the lifeless breathing mediocrity.


  2. george_fx_trader
    April 1, 2015

    Some sessions are always going to feel tough – but if you can keep going in the wet & windy, on your own, in pain – then think what you can do in sunny conditions when you are surrounded by other skaters. Every training session you do makes you a little stronger physically and mentally – it just might not feel like it on the day.

    Go Van!!


    • Van
      April 1, 2015

      thanks George. I agree, it’s sessions like these which will reap the most benefit.
      PS – I can’t believe you’re wimping out on a 10-man!

      Liked by 1 person

      • george_fx_trader
        April 1, 2015

        I think I have had a good run with the endurance skating – although there has to be an end at some point! 🙂


  3. Emily
    April 1, 2015

    Softly, softly, catchy monkey. 😉


    • Van
      April 1, 2015

      I’m gonna throttle the monkey..


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