Sports goals for 2007: Overview

2007 is over and so the goal of training 144 hours was missed by about 7 hours. More or less equal to what Martin and I did not manage to do due to illness in our cycling training camp on Mallorca, Spain.

So with 137 training hours in 2007 the goal for 2008 becomes 137 + 20% = 164,4. I’ll round that up to 165 hours, and I’ll make a 2008 training goal shortly on that.

The other goal for 2007 was to run a marathon: Successfully did this by completing the Amsterdam Marathon in October.

Happy New Year.

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At the Back of the Pack

Last week was pretty interesting. On Wednesday I caught a cold – which was pretty bad news in the light of my Sunday morning planned participation of the Amsterdam Marathon. In fact it was very bad news. So during the recovery days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I drugged myself silly with C-vitamin and other good (and doping-wise legal) stuff to get through to race day in race shape.

On Sunday morning I was not in race shape, but I was close enough so I packed up all my things and with Jolanda’s support and cheers and best wishes made it to the starting line in the Olympic Stadium. At precisely the gun sent us all off into the unknown.

During the race I managed to send through a few updates on the racing. Basically I sent through a note at the 10 kilometer mark, and at the half marathon mark things were still OK – and that’s when they started to change as well. I started loosing speed and at about 25 kilometers Lucy came blazing by on her way to a 4½ hour time in her first marathon!

Still drinking and eating at every aid station, I struggled on in what eventually became a very moderate pace (OK, so it was very slow). On the final 10 kilometers I started having serious pain in my left knee, and I was only able to have that stop temporarily when I changed to Gavin-style running at about 35 kilometers. Slightly longer strides and slightly bend forwards temporarily took care of the problem. But it came back – in a big way.

The final 5 or 6 kilometers was an experience in agonizing paing quite unlike anything I’ve tried in any other endurance sport prior to running this marathon. I thought I’d state that for the record. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line as I was when I turned around the last corner and could see the Olympic Stadium!

After the run I was empty. There was no energy left and Jolanda took care of me the entire evening making sure that I didn’t have to move an inch.

Total time was 4:50:35 – Here my final times and a few extra pictures.

Naam Jakob Thusgaard
Woonplaats Amsterdam
Land NED
Afstand Marathon
Categorie Msen
Totaal plaats 6027 / 6527
Categorie plaats 1099
Snelheid 8,712 km/uur
Bruto tijd 4:59:09
Netto tijd 4:50:35
Netto tussentijden (verschil)
5 kilometer 31:40 (31:40)
10 kilometer 1:01:42 (30:02)
15 kilometer 1:32:47 (31:05)
20 kilometer 2:03:45 (30:58)
Halve marathon 2:10:58
25 kilometer 2:35:51 (32:06)
30 kilometer 3:12:29 (36:38)
35 kilometer 3:51:07 (38:38)
40 kilometer 4:33:57 (42:50)

At the Entrance to the Olympic Stadium And we're off!! The Winner - well, sort of...

Mid-May Training Update

After a slow start to this year’s training regimen, things now seem to have accellerated at a decent pace. In April I took part in the AD 5km run in Rotterdam. Although 5km isn’t necessarily much of an impressive distance, it was in interesting measure of fitness.Last weekend I finally got around to getting myself that wetsuit for the triathlon coming up in Herenveen in a couple of weeks. In addition I went out to try out my bike with the new tri bars. What a difference! Right now I’m just really looking forward to the triathlon in Herenveen on 26th of May.Marathon training is not really moving forward while I train for the tri, and that partly comes through realizing that I might want to make sure not to injure myself in the process of getting there. The goal is still to complete my first marathon ever in 2007.

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Amsterdam Marathon 2007

SportTracks Feb 25th 2007

2007 will be the year of my first marathon! To support that I’ve been equipped with new shoes and with what’s probably the most advanced piece of self-monitoring equipment I’ve had.

The Timex Ironman Triathlon Bodylink comes with heart rate monitor, GPS for speed & pace, and an optional data recorder to upload information to my PC. Everything works fine, and the most amazing new feature comes from the software tool SportTracks!

This software doesn’t just help you log how far you’ve run, at which heart rate etc., etc. It also shows you where you’ve been by either using a map or a Google Earth satellite photo.

So today has resulted in being 17km closer to running a marathon – the blue line in the images is my route from today. This is going to be a quite hard, and I wonder if Tor and Peter meanwhile started their marathon training. Maybe I better calculate how many kilometers I really need to train before I finally have my first attempt at running 42,195 kilometers.