asthma

ROAD TO BOLTON – WEEKS 14 TO 18

100 Metros…..

Is the film that got me through the past week and a half of training. Which included a trip to Bolton. I hit a really low point and had it not been for Steph’s recommendation I might have given up.

If you have seen it, watch it. Well worth it in my opinion.

On a personal front it has been a fairly quiet few weeks for once haha! The house sale completed at last, thank goodness as almost got in a lot of trouble financially. Divorce is progressing but is slow. Still loving Gillingham, really feels like home. Still have the best friends in the whole wide world. My mum has returned from her cruise. Still away at the moment but looking forward to catching up next week. So much has happened since she was away.

Okay lets talk about training……

Week 15

Rest day on the Monday as coached swimming.

On Tuesday I did a 8k run, legs were so tight I had to slow the pace right down. Went for a swim in the evening with Vicki and managed to get to 2.5k. Which I was pleased about due to my shoulder issues.

Wednesday was a sad day as it was the last core class at work. In the morning I did a turbo session for an hour as was seeing Bev for a massage after work.

Did a 50 min turbo on Thursday

Thought I would do something different and do an hours run on the turbo Friday evening and then managed a 3k swim. With no shoulder pain which was good.

Did a long bike ride (135k) Saturday with Darren and Stu.

Sunday was Bungay half marathon. After how bad my running was during the week I almost didn’t start. However I made myself go along and said to myself I would stop if I had to.  I did 9:1 during the race and few so strong, went by feel and didn’t even look at my pace. I crossed the line only just over a minute slower than my PB which was on a flat course. Was really, really pleased with my time but my legs were in a very bad way afterwards. When will I learn!! Paid the price for this race thats for sure. No more stupidity before Bolton!! It just felt so good to put a decent effort in. Was feeling a bit fed up of going slow.

Target total – 11 hours 30 mins hours. Actual total – 13 hours 50 mins

Week 16

Started again with a rest day. Had a triathlon meeting, as I help to organise Beccles Triathlon. Then headed to swim coaching.

On Tuesday I did a lap of the Beccles triathlon route and then went swimming. Managed to do another 3k. A lot slower than I did before I hurt my shoulder but at least it was pain free again.

Got a friend to watch my swim technique on the Wednesday as I haven’t been “coached” for ages. It was really helpful. Did 1.5k and then headed off to running club. I haven’t been for ages so it was great to see everyone. However I really struggled with my calf. It was so tight and in the end I had to stop. Managed to do 5.5k.

Thursday was fun!! Decided to attempt my first sea swim of the year….it was FREEZING!!! Managed to last 10 mins. In the evening I rode the Beccles tri route again.

Managed to do a 8k run on the Friday. It was slow but relatively pain free.

Had a great long ride with Steph, Danny and Terry on the Saturday. No cake stop! Proper serious training ride haha. It was great.

Sunday was great. Did the 1.5k swim to make up what I missed on Wednesday. Then I ran to the Locks with Chris. A great cross country run but ran way to fast. Felt okay at the time but it was a mistake that I paid for.

Target total – 10 hours 30 mins hours. Actual total – 10 hours 41 mins

Week 17

Actual rest day/evening for once! No coaching for me tonight with the club. So went round a friends for a sports massage as Bev is on holiday and my legs were in a bad way. In return I coached him swimming.

Headed out on the bike Tuesday for a lovely sunset ride and then headed to the pool. My shoulder started to get sore again so only did 2.5k. Annoying.

Was feeling good Wednesday so thought I would jog to running club and then join in with the beginners. What a disaster that was. Did a pathetic 45mins of mainly walking. Am broken.

On Thursday I decided to head to the gym and go on the cross trainer. Was going to do an hour but even that hurt and had to stop after 45 min.

Had a great bank holiday Friday. We went for a bike ride with the club for breakfast. Then headed to Bolton as staying over night.

Saturday, Steph and I cycled one lap of the IMUK route. All I can say is wow!!! That bike course is BRUTAL. So much harder than I thought it was going to be. I expected two bad hills but not the rest of the course to be so hilly and poor road surface. My new mantra of 100 meters, really helped to keep me going.  I am now extremely worried about finished the 112 miles in time. I don’t think I am strong enough on hills yet. Panicking and upset. However all I can do is give it my all in the next 2 months or training.

I didn’t think I was up for running Sunday, after the week I had so went to the club ride. Did a lovely 2 hour ride.

Target total – 10 hours 45 mins hours. Actual total – 11 hours 30 mins

Week 18

Love bank holidays. More time to train! Didn’t go as well as planned though. Decided to treat myself and go to Waterlane. Bit sick of swimming in a 20m pool. Was having a great time, Jane was in the lane so jumped in with her. Was swimming lovely, enjoying the extra length…..then the lane ropes get pulled out!!! Free for all. Families jump in and take up the whole space. Managed to dodge around them for 500m but game over. Only 2k done. I then headed up to the gym to do a treadmill run to avoid the payment. Managed 1k!!!! My calf was so tight!

Moved my rest day to Tuesday as I had to travel to York for work. Had to leave early and didn’t get to hotel until late.

When I got home from York on Wednesday I jumped on the turbo. Was dark as it was late. I did an hour.

On Thursday I decided to try running again. I did 5k as a run walk. It felt good.

It has been way too long since I had done a brick session so decided to Friday. Did the new Sufferfest video and then did a run/walk. Then headed to the pool, again shoulder felt funny so stuck to 2.5k. Plus I had finished work so late the pool was about to close, haha!

Saturday, myself and Darren headed out hill hunting. Off the back of the Bolton trip, I decided all my long rides need to be as hilly as possible!! We managed to bump into Marcus which was great. Only did 40 miles as had to rush back. Vicki, Darren and I then biked to Yarmouth and back as we marshalled at East Coast tri. This added another 29 miles.

Helped out again at East Coast triathlon Sunday morning. In the afternoon, myself, Boo and Helen went for a run. Got to 6k pain free. Over the moon!

Target total – 10 hours 45 mins hours. Actual total – 9 hours 90 mins

 

Ups and Downs on the road to Bolton – Weeks 1-6

Time is flying! I have now officially started my Ironman training plan and am on week 6/30.

I was really looking forward to finally starting the training officially, it hasn’t really gone to plan so far though, typically!

Week one was a write off due to having a cold. Ended up needing steroids again as it flared my asthma up. I did however, manage to do a very gentle park run and  the xmas day dip at Lowestoft on Christmas day which was just fab!!

Onto week two. On boxing day I decided to give the Groggy Doggy a go, was starting to feel better and really wanted to do this race. Took it easy and ran with Stu which was really nice. Loved it. I was so close to my 1,000k running target for the year I decided to take advantage of a day off on the Tuesday and ran 14k. Felt fine the evening afterwards but work up the next day in agony with my calf. Couldn’t walk on it. I really thought I had torn the muscle as it was so bad. The rest of the week I wasn’t able to do anything.

Week three started and my calf was still painful but starting to feel better. I wasn’t booked into see Bev (my physiology) until the week after and was starting to get cabin fever. I therefore decided to give the cross trainer a go at the gym and went for a swim on the Monday. Went for another swim Wednesday and felt brave enough to try the turbo on the Thursday. My calf felt so much better after the turbo, so turbo’d again on the Friday. Again it felt so much better. Managed to stick to the plan finally for the swim and bike anyway. Felt so much more positive.

Week four. This week was loads better, after seeing Bev and finding out it wasn’t a tear I was able to start running again. Very gently and no great distance but it felt amazing!! Started to see real progress on my swimming and cycling so a rest from running seems to have done me good. The target for this week was – Totals (7 hours) – 2 hours swim, 2 hours 30 min bike and 2 hours 30 min run. I managed the swim and bike and was only 45 mins short of running. Progress!!

Week five. Getting back to normal now, thought still conscious of not over doing it on my runs. Stretching lots as well!! Please, please always stretch after you run. Massive learn for me. I also had another big learn this week after trying to attempt the Sufferfest Knighthood (10 sufferfest videos back to back) how important nutrition is. My fitness didn’t let me down on the day. I really thought it would but my lack of nutrition did. I must get better at preparation and planning. Otherwise I am never going to finish Bolton no matter how much I train!!

Week six. How are we at the end of January already. Time really is flying.  Saw Bev again and my right calf is still really tight. Need to be really careful with it. Lots of stretching and no crazy runs. Seeing her again in two weeks. Had to pull out of Freethorpe 10. Apart from that is was another good week and managed to stick to plan with my swimming and cycling.  Target totals (9 hours) – 2 hours swim, 3 hours 45 min bike and 3 hours 15 min run.

 

 

 

 

Wow, What a Year!

I purposefully haven’t blogged for a while. My Ironman training is going to be pretty repetitive for the next few months. So plan to do a monthly blog on how this is going. I also am still struggling with my asthma/finances/injury so haven’t signed up to many races.

I wanted to write an end of year post though as 2016 really has been life changing.

Will start with the lows and end on a positive note. I try and remain upbeat and not run on too much about things that upset me, as I know how lucky I am. However this year  had been tough. I lost a dear friend, my marriage ended, I spent the last few months of the year living with my mum & step dad and have struggled with bad asthma.  I was also looking forward to starting my 30 week IM training plan so much and managed to miss the first week due to a cold and I think I have now torn my calf!!

The positives of 2016 have been amazing though. Really can’t believe what I’ve done.

  • Ride London as part of team Skoda
  • Helped organise Beccles Triathlon (It won club event of the year)
  • Started a work running club and it is still going
  • Age group wins at East Coast and Fritton Lake Olympic tri
  • East region middle distance champion
  • Qualified for the 2017 European Aquathlon championships
  • Did my first ever sea swim race
  • Raised over £2,000 for Children in Need
  • Came 3rd female in the Eastern Region Triathlon league
  • Had a fantastic trip to the Amsterdam half marathon
  • Completed all three swims at Fritton to total almost 10k
  • Two of my best friends married each other
  • Took part in the GYCC 10 mile time trial for the first time
  • Completed the Outlaw half as part of a relay team
  • Won a Garmin 735xt watch
  • Qualified as a Local Triathlon technical official
  • Qualified as a Level 1 triathlon coach
  • Rode the velodrome
  • Completed my 50th Parkrun
  • Travelled business class to India
  • Signed up to Ironman UK
  • Completed the Waveney Wildman
  • Did front crawl in all of my races
  • Part of a winning team at the Lowestoft 5 mile and The Scores race
  • Passed my Professional Scrum Master Level Two certification
  • Won Scrum Master of the Year in my project

I have swam a total of 132,995m, Biked 3,829k and ran 990k.

Compared to 2015’s totals of 60,496m, 1,747k and 844k.

I really can not thank those enough who have supported me this year, especially the past few months. It really does mean the world to me xx

Happy new year to you all, I have a feeling 2017 is going to be an incredible year.

Ironman Journey Week Six and Southwold 10k review

Feels like it has been ages since I last raced! Now my asthma is under control I feel like I can sign up to the races I have been putting off.

Didn’t stick to my training plan this week due to a charity fundraiser on Friday and Southwold 10k Sunday. Felt good to have a week off and mix it up a bit.

Week six  (Didn’t do DF)

Monday – Rest day today. Coached Beccles triathlon swim sessions.

Tuesday – Stretch, Strength and Control class was back on this week, enjoyed it. Typing this has just reminded me that the front of my left leg did hurt when doing some of the exercises though. Did a 2k swim afterwards and it was my fastest to date.

Wednesday – Missed my core class at lunchtime. However did get to running club in the evening and did 30ish mins of running.

Thursday – Took a rest day.

Friday – Took part in a Children in Need challenge at work. There was 4 of us and we all had to ride 75 miles each on a turbo trainer. We were split into two teams of two and we took it in turns cycling the distance. It was tough but we raised a fantastic amount of cash for charity.

Saturday – Decided to do Fritton park run for a change. It was lovely.

Sunday – Southwold 10k. See my review below if interested.

Totals for this week

Swim –0 hour 41 mins

Bike – 3 hours 19 mins (Should have been 3)

Run – 1 hour 52 mins (Should have been 3)

Southwold 10k 2016

Have done this race for the past two years and people always ask what the appeal is, and why does it sell out so quickly. It’s hard to explain really, however there are always loads of people I know as its a local race. The support from the town is brilliant and it helps get you round. The course is nice. Great goodie bag and medal.

What I also like about this race and they send your number and timing chip to you in the post. This saves having to register on the day and I really do prefer that approach.

The race is well marshalled, the results are always online really quickly and there is always a timing van at the finish so you can print your results off.

Another fun bit about the race is the “beer station” as well as the customary water station they have beer on offer. Which add to the fun spirit of the race.

The only downside is that the start and finish are in different places. So unless you have someone there it is difficult to have warm clothes at the end. A bag drop or foil blanket would be great.

The race itself went loads better than I was hoping for. I managed to get a PB and a Silver club standard time. So, so chuffed. My asthma was absolutely fine. However my left leg hurt all the way round. Badly. Think I have done something to it, so need to see a physio asap as my left leg has been playing up for a while now.

Full set of results here.

IRONMAN JOURNEY WEEKS FOUR AND FIVE

Feeling a bit guilty at the moment, had a bit of a downer weekend. I feel like I am neglecting my friends and family. Training for Bolton and doing my triathlon coaching course is taking up nearly all of my time. I am trying to still be social and see my friends and family but an conscious there are people who I keep saying I will see who I haven’t. Please forgive me xx

On a postive front I think my asthma problems have finally been diagnosed. I went back to the doctors after a really bad weekend and am now on some new tablets. Awaiting a hospital appointment with the respiratory clinic. They think I have Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB)

Week four  (Week 3 of DF)

Monday – Rest day today. Coached Beccles triathlon swim sessions.

Tuesday – Tried out Pilates at Nirvana which was a good class and then went for a 2k swim. Loving being a member of Nirvana, as can swim pretty much any time and its never busy.

Wednesday – Did a core strength class at lunch time and it was running club in the evening. Took it easy. Did 30 mins.

Thursday – Back to spin fusion, really am loving it. Remembered to run after wards this time, so happy.

Friday – A nice relaxing swim with Dawn tonight, did 1,600m.

Saturday – Ran to and around park run.

Sunday – We had our first turbo session of the winter. It was actually quite nice to get back to turbo-ing as a club. Apart from me falling off the turbo! There is a field outside the village hall so went for a 5 min run afterwards.

Totals for this week

Swim – 1 hour 20 mins (Should have been 2)

Bike – 1 hour 23 mins (Should have been 3)

Run – 1 hour 30 mins (Should have been 3)

Week three (Week 4 of DF)

Monday – Coaching again, decided to actually have this as my rest day. As I was starting to train 7 days a week.

Tuesday – Pilates was cancelled this week so headed up to the gym and did a 30 min spin on the bike and then swam for 2k.

Wednesday – Took my first asthma tablet last night and felt a difference already at running club tonight. Really chuffed.

Thursday – Managed to make work running club today which was great. Spin fusion in the evening, starting to really feel my fitness levels improving. Loving it. Again remember to go for a run afterwards.

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – Did an hours run Saturday morning, including park run with Jo and Boo. Chest is still feeling so much clearer and no attacks in the mornings. Relieved!

Sunday – Club turbo session again this Sunday. Fantastic turn out. It was a FTP test, pushed really hard. Maximum heart rate I got up to was 186, so going to plug that into Strava to hopefully get more accurate zones on the bike. Must do the same for running. Again ran off the bike again. In the evening I went for a 2k swim. Had some stress to get out so pounded the water…..is that even a saying lol? As a result I was really pleased with my time.

For the first week I pretty much hit the plan 100%. Getting into the routine slowly. Probably going to repeat week 4 again. Am still ahead of schedule and it feels like the right thing to do.

Totals for this week

Swim – 1 hour 28 mins (Should have been 2)

Bike – 2 hours 7 mins (Should have been 2.5)

Run – 2 hour 19 mins (Should have been 2.5)

Ironman Journey Weeks Two and Three

Interesting couple of weeks. Was still in Amsterdam for week two. Had the Triathlon England awards evening and AGM also. Week three included a weekend away for the first of three weekends doing my level two triathlon coaching qualification.

All in all still happy with my training as I started early to allow for these kind of things. However looking forward to getting back to “normal” over the next few weeks.

Week two (Repeat of week one Don F plan)

Monday – We decided to hire some city bikes in Amsterdam. So much fun. Not actual training but they were heavy with minimal gears :D.

Tuesday – Travelled home. No training

Wednesday – Award ceremony. No training.

Thursday – Managed a 2k swim. As well as a spinning session and run off the bike (on a treadmill).

Friday – Another 2k swim.

Saturday – Ran to and around park run.

Sunday – Club ride.

Totals for this week

Swim – 1 hour 26 mins (Should have been 2)

Bike – 6 hour 58 mins (Should have been 2)

Run – 1 hour 5 mins (Should have been 2)

Week three (Week 2 of DF)

Monday – Managed to get a swim in at the club swim which was a nice bonus.

Tuesday – Tuesday I worked from home and managed to turbo as was babysitting in the evening.

Wednesday – Was running club. Hill work, great session.

Thursday – Back to work running club which was fab as Janet got a huge 5k pb. Her progression this year has just been fantastic. In the evening I did spin fusion, forgot to run afterwards….annoying.

Friday – No training as we had a club social night.

Saturday – Level 2 coaching all day. No time to train as had to work on my session plan in the evening for the next day, and chatted to some of the other people on the course in the evening. It was a very stressful weekend for me, way out of my comfort zone and got myself worked up. Woke up with very bad asthma in the early hours of the morning. The room was really stuffy, so am going to go back to the doctors. My asthma seems to be either stress or humidity related…..doesn’t appear to be pollen.

Sunday – Day two of the course. Swim practical assessment day. Did get to swim a few lengths (Didn’t record it) and got some unexpected but very helpful stroke feedback. Thanks Rob Lines.

Wasn’t really near to week 2 DF totals so going to repeat again next week.

Totals for this week

Swim – 0 hour 39 mins (Should have been 2)

Bike – 2 hours 13 mins (Should have been 2.5)

Run – 1 hour 30 mins (Should have been 2.5)

Ironman Journey Week One and Amsterdam Half Marathon

I haven’t told everyone yet but I have gone and signed up to Ironman UK! On 16th July 2017. This is possibly the bravest and stupidest thing I have done in my Triathlon life to date.

For those that don’t know the distances are double what I did at Ely. So it is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. The thing I am most scared about though are the tough Ironman cut off times. They are very strict about them so I need to make sure I know where I need to be and when.

Swim, 2 hours 20 minutes
Bike, 10 hours 30 minutes (after start of race)
Run, 17 hours (after start of race)

So I have brought the Ironman version of the plan I used for Ely and have made a start. I am a few weeks early as it is a 30 week plan, however I want to build in some flex to repeat some of the base or build weeks if necessary.

I found blogging when I was training for Ely really helped keep me motivated so I am going to do it again. Sorry all.

Week one

Monday – I managed to get a 30 min swim in at the tri club session. Not the 1 hour that is in the plan but at least I managed something.

Tuesday – Went to Pilates in the evening after a 30 min run.

Wednesday – I didn’t go to running club as usual, instead I opted for doing the other 30 mins swim and a 30 min bike ride (at the gym).

Thursday – Didn’t manage any training on Thursday. Didn’t get home from work until really late.

Friday – Managed to get an hours turbo in before leaving for Amsterdam.

Saturday – Did an Amsterdam city run.

Sunday – Amsterdam half marathon.

Totals for this week

Swim – 1 hour (Should have been 2)

Bike – 1 hour 47 mins (Should have been 2)

Run – 3 hours 42 mins (Should have been 2)

Amsterdam Half Marathon

Going into the half I didn’t really have the best prep, as usual! I have been struggling a lot with my asthma still. It isn’t right and am going to have to go back to the doctors. It is really getting me down now.

However I was determined to either push and get a PB if I was feeling good or just take it easy and enjoy the occasion and atmosphere etc.

The race started and the buzz and amount of people dragged me along and found myself running faster than planned. There was so many people you had to keep weaving around and speeding up to get past them.

My breathing wasn’t too bad at this point so I thought lets go for the PB. I had to do 5:58 k’s for a PB. For the first few k’s I was doing 5:30ish.

A rough calculation meant I was on for a sub two hours time, which I was desperate to get. I was so hot though, really hot and there wasn’t much shade. This meant I had to stop at the aid stations to take on fuel and use the sponges to cool down. However due to the amount of people I had to sometimes queue and did get really held up. This cost me quite a bit of time.

I got to around the 19k mark and new it was going to be really tight for the sub two hours. I had to really push on, which was so difficult due to the amount of people and my blisters (which I had after only 8k). I finally made it into the olympic stadium and was hoping I would have a good minute spare to enjoy running on the track and having the crowd cheer me on. When I got onto the track though my watch beeped, 21k….however I was next to a sign that said 300m to go!!! What!! Panic set in as I didn’t have much time at all to get to the finish if I wanted a sub two hour time. I was half tempted to just cry and walk but I gritted my teeth and pushed on with everything I had and started what felt like sprinting but am sure it was a slow run to the finish line. I crossed it and stopped mu watch….my watch said 2:02:00. I had no idea if I did it or not and walked to collect my medal.

When I finally made it out of the stadium I got a text to say my time was 1:59:59!!! Over the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

4 weeks since Monster Middle

Four weeks have passed so quickly. So much has happened personally and fitness wise since the Monster Middle, it quite mind boggling!

Didn’t really rest the week after monster. Needed to take my mind of things. So on the Monday I turbo’d to spin my legs out. Tuesday night went swimming in Fritton. Wednesday night I coached a Scores training session and did some running. Thursday night I rode the GYCC time trial with a friend. Had a rest day on Friday. Decided to give Gorleston park run a try on the Saturday. It had been so long since I’ve ran it and wanted to get away from Lowestoft. I got a course PB which I was really chuffed with, however I forgot my barcode so no result. Sunday was great fun, we cycled to Framingham for Stu’s birthday. This week I have also started to do some core strength work. Loving this class.

Totals for the week (8h 56m)

Swim – 55m

Bike – 7h 

Run – 1h

Week 2 post Monster started really great. Did some scores race training with a nice breakfast afterwards. I worked from home on Tuesday and managed to go of a lovely sea swim on Tuesday. Wednesday was core strength at lunchtime and then in the evening I coached a scores training session and got a little bit of training in myself. On Thursday I think I lost my mind! Went for a lovely Fritton lake swim and ended up entering the “big swim” that was taking place that Sunday. This in itself is not crazy, however I decided along with Rich to do all three of the swims. A combined total of 9.5k. Had a great rest day on Friday. On Saturday I again went to Gorleston, after forgetting my barcode the previous week I had a score to settle! I managed with the help of fantastic friends to get a massive PB, 24:22!! So chuffed. Went for a sea swim in the afternoon with Pete, it was choppy but fun.  Sunday was big swim day, the first swim was the 5k. This was by far my longest swim and really enjoyed it. Wasn’t as tired as I thought I was going to be when I exited the lake. Had around an hour before the next swim so had a small bite to eat. Then headed back into the water for the 3k swim. Again felt okay, bit hungry and needing some food but okay. The turnaround for the last swim was a lot shorter, only time to register and grab a drink really. Was looking forward to getting out of my wetsuit but this point. Had been in it since 8:45 and it was now almost 3! Wanted to really go for it on this last swim as it was only 1.5k. I didn’t have much energy or strength left though so was slower than I hoped. However still so pleased to have completed all three. At the start of the day I didn’t think I would be able to front crawl the whole distance but I managed to. Really great friendly relaxed event, will definitely do it again next year. Me and Rich were the only ones to do all three swims which was pretty cool.

Totals for the week (8h 20m)

Swim – 5h 26m

Bike – 31m

Run – 2h 23m

Week three post monster didn’t start as great. My asthma started to play up again over the weekend and into Monday. Did my usual coaching on a Monday night but didn’t feel up for running. Did my first ever Pilates session Tuesday night. It was so tough but great. Wednesday evening we did the final scores training. My asthma was bad again this evening and could only manage a jog. So frustrating. Thursday was work running club and a lake swim in the evening. Friday I went back to the doctors, asthma still no good. Was sent to the hospital for an X-ray and blood tests. After the hospital I went for a spin with Vicki and Karle to Southwold. Was lovely to get back out on the bike as hadn’t really done any cycling since Stu’s birthday ride to Framingham. However the lack of lung power and energy through not eating much the past few weeks really hit me. Felt frustrated and fed up to be honest. I decided to sign up to the Scores race last minute so went to Fritton park run and cheered everyone on. Still not feeling like going to Lowestoft. Did go for a sea swim in the afternoon. Sunday was Scores race day, was excited and nervous about this in equal measures! Excited to see friends and loved ones. Nervous as I stupidly agreed to take Becca’s pleas in “Team Harris”. All three of which are just amazing. I woke up with bad asthma yet again and was feeling really sorry for myself. However I gave it all on the race itself and managed to get a PB, not quiet the sub 40 I was hoping for but considering everything it was a good result. We even managed to win the team prize so was relived to have not let the side down!

Totals for the week (5h 46m)

Swim – 42m

Bike – 2h 28m

Run – 2h 34m

So here we are week 4, post Ely. Did a 7k off road run before swimming on the Monday. Tuesday I took a well earned rest evening, was so good. Wednesday was core strength at lunch and at night was back to Beccles for training and we did 1m sprints. Loved it and felt so strong.  Thursday was lunch time running club and a gentle spin on the bike in the evening. Its going to get boring sorry but my asthma again was bad. I took the day off on Friday, had been struggling emotionally the previous day. Went for a bike ride and lovely beach run in the morning with Rob C. Loved the run so much but my asthma really held me back, which was embarrassing as I was running with someone so fast!! Rob was fab though, so patient with me. Thank you if you happen to read this!! Vicki and I decided to cycle over to Gorleston park run on the Saturday, we wanted to take advantage of the nice weather while is lasts. I pulled up after only one lap of the course, so frustrating. My left calf was very painful. Gutted. Managed to cycle home okay, headed straight back out to do the annual “lido to locks swim”. So much fun with the club, it was a 4.5k swim in the river. Loved it. Finally on the Sunday I took part in Aldeburgh relay triathlon. It was a last minute decision as Pete Andrews’ team needed a swimmer, so I volunteered. It was a sea swim and I was dying to try out my new skills and get a sea swim race in before Mallorca next year. I really, really enjoyed it. It was tide assisted which really helped but I got a good swim in. The whole event was brilliant and one I recommend for next year. Well organised, relaxed and friendly and a really nice venue.

Totals for the week (8h 22m)

Swim – 2h 3m

Bike – 3h 10m

Run – 3h 8m

 

 

 

 

HALF IRONMAN TRAINING – WEEK 25/26 AND Monster Middle REVIEW

It feels so good being able to finally write this blog post! I did it! I completed my first 70.3 race.

Week 25

Good start to the week with a morning sea swim, then managed to cycle over to the lido to get some extra bike time in which was great. Also did a run before the swimming session started before cycling back home again. Excellent day.

Got home from work late on the Tuesday so didn’t get to train.

Wednesday was running club.

Managed to get out with my work lunchtime running club on Thursday and then went to Fritton lake in the evening for a swim.

Friday was a rest day.

Saturday was so much fun, did Lowestoft park run and then a group of us went swimming in the sea. It was a beautiful morning. It was my longest swim to date and felt great. Even with jellyfish!!

Sunday was our club ride. We decided to check out a new coffee shop then cycle a long hilly way home. Was great training.

Totals for week 25

10h 56m total

Swimming – 2h 8m

Cycling – 6h 35m

Running – 2h 12m

 

 

So here we go, the week of the Monster middle. Taper time.

Had to go to the doctors at the start of this week as my asthma is bad again. I was given a course of steroids to take and that managed to clear it in time for Sunday.

The weather was so nice on the Monday again, so decided to cycle to Lido and home again with Lauren. It was a lovely evening.

Went to Fritton lake Tuesday evening to get a last swim in before Sunday.

At running club on Wednesday I took it easy and jog the speed session.

Thursday was brilliant, my work lunchtime running club did their furthest ever distance. It was a hot and hilly route which made what they did even more impressive. In the evening I went for a gentle spin to help out at GYCC time trial.

I rested up Friday and Saturday to try and have fresh legs for Sunday.

Sunday was race day. My report below.

Totals for week 26 (Including race)

12h 19m total

Swimming – 1h 29m

Cycling – 6h 46m

Running – 4h 2m

 

 

Monster Middle Triathlon 2016

 

 

Can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and I am writing about this race. At the same time it is nice knowing I have finished and can relax!

Travelled down to Ely the night before the race and was able to register. It is always nice when you can get your race numbers the night before. So much easier getting prepped in a room. Thanks to Vicki for reminding me of this fact. It rained so much Sunday morning I am so thankful I did.

Got to transition nice and early Sunday morning. The racks were numbered and my spot was ideal. End of the row by a tree. Nice and easy to find. The weather was terrible, raining hard and windy so left my running shoes and socks in side a water proof bag.

Headed to the race briefing and swim start point. It was quite a long walk, so if you do this race please allow plenty of time to get there.

Got suited up, feeling odd without Vicki there. Didn’t like it. However it was so nice having Lucy and Larissa there. Thank you for looking after me.

Got into the river with around 5 minutes to the start. It was lovely and warm. Really gorgeous, it didn’t take my breath away and could get my head in the water straight away.

Swim started and I loved it!! Best swim ever. Didn’t get into any trouble and swam the whole distance without stopping. Came out of the water feeling fresh.

There is a fairly long run to transition and when the matting runs out it does hurt your feet. However while running to transition, Vicki starts running next to me! Yay!! Was so good to see her.

Took my time in transition and took on a gel before heading out on the bike.

Started off really strong, was loving the ride…..and then we turned a corner and the wind hit. Oh my word it was so strong. I can honestly say I have never experienced a ride like it. It was 21 mile an hour according to the met office. Almost all of the ride it was head on, and if it wasn’t it was hitting you from the side. Mega tough. Which was frustrating as I felt so good on the bike. The road surface also wasn’t the best and found my legs and shoulders hurting a lot by the end of the ride from all the jarring.

However I eventually made it back to Ely, and just as I reached the dismount line I spotted Jo and Boo. That really picked me up, it was lovely to see them.

Took on another gel in transition and headed off onto the run. My legs were so stiff and sore. I really didn’t know how I was going to finish the run. Especially when I hit the dreaded hill that I was going to have to do another 4/5 times!! I had to walk up it but then carried on running once I got to the top. Vicki was on the run course and gave me a much needed boost.

I am disappointed with how much I walked the 13 miles. Typically there was hardly any wind and the sun was shinning nice and hot. Think it was around 21 degrees.

However having so many people there cheering me on and being around almost the route got me round. Getting the last band was the best feeling in the world and I even hugged the woman!

Once I got that band my legs freed up and felt fairly good. With a few k’s to go I knew I was on for a sub 6:30 so pushed on as much as I could and crossed the line very happy!

Before I race I really wanted to go sub 7 hours. So am over the moon with my time. My swim was what I wanted, the bike was faster and the run slower.

After I finished we went to get a cuppa and some food. After ordering I got a message from Larissa saying that I had won a prize. So I went round the corner to meet her in transition thinking it was a spot prize. It turned out that I had won the Triathlon England Senior lady championship for that race. Totally shocked!

Results have been emailed but are not online yet.

Details

Location – Jubilee Gardens, Ely. CB7 4BJ

Type – Open water Swim (1 lap) 1.9k, cycle on public roads (2 laps) 92.8k and a 4.5 lap run around Ely town 21k.

Entry Fee – £100 with BTF membership

Medal – Yes and age group trophies as well as 1st,2nd, 3rd overall.

Goody bag – Yes. Free T-shirt, draw-string bag and swimming hat.

Event facilities  – Toilets, free parking, Tri-harder stall. Food and drink van.

Chip timed – Yes

Start Type – Waved start.

Would I do this event again? – Yes

Overall Score – 8/10

Summary

Amazing swim, roads ruined the bike, tough run doing so many laps. However all in all did enjoy it.

HALF IRONMAN TRAINING – WEEKS 23/24

Great couple of weeks, I love summer. Mostly.

My asthma has been really bad these past two weeks. I have been wheezing and taking my relief inhaler almost everyday. I wasn’t even taking it training anymore so felt really down. Went to the doctors and I have another inhaler to take, which I hope will help.

Aside from the Asthma I am feeling good, my plan starts to taper now so am looking forward to a couple of easy-ish weeks.

So week 23, managed to get a run in on Monday night before swimming.

Went for a sea swim Tuesday night with Vicki.

On Wednesday I had to drive to Sheffield straight from work so didn’t get to do any training.

Thursday morning I got up early intending to do a brick session on the hotel gym. However it didn’t open until 7am! Not great. So went outside and did a run.

I didn’t get to do any training on Friday or Saturday. My breathing was really bad and was doing Ride London the Sunday and didn’t want to risk it.

Sunday was ride London. Wow what an incredible event. There were a lot of hold ups due to accidents which did take away from the day itself somewhat. However riding on closed roads and seeing the sights of London and getting to the top of Box Hill was fantastic.

Totals for week 23

9h 12m total

Swimming – 21m

Cycling – 7h 52m

Running – 57m

Week 24

Managed to get another run in. Yet again I was really wheezing so we only did a short 4k.

Tuesday I went sea swimming again, did so much better this time. Managed to do 1k and didn’t feel sick. Which was great.

Wednesday night I managed to get along and actually run! We went to the pub at Geldeston and ran back again.

Thursday I got home from work late and could hardly breathe. I took it easy and had a night off.

I worked from home on Friday so I could get to the doctors. Woke up and yet again barley able to breathe. In the evening after getting the all clear to carry on training I went for a ride with Vicki and Karle. Then headed over to Norwich to get coached in an endless pool. It was great to get some feedback on my swimming as I don’t get the chance anymore. Overall Simon was happy, I just need to work on what my arms are doing and rotate more.

Saturday was a great day. We did a club trip to Fritton Lake. Cycled to Fritton via Beccles. Went for a run, I started off doing park run but only wanted to run for 15 mins to stopped part of the way round. Then we went for a dip in the lake. I stayed with Boo as it was her first time. She did so well. After a cuppa we rode back to Lowestoft again via Beccles. Feeling good on the bike, all the hours I have put in seem to be paying off.

Sunday, after a stupidly late night with lots of alcohol (mixed my drinks!) I ran the Norwich 10k. It was so hot and I really didn’t feel that great, and if it hadn’t been for Jo and Boo I might have even walked. However I did complete it and actually felt okay running. However after I finished I was so lightheaded and dizzy. Had to sit in the shade for almost an hour before moving. Lots of cold drinks and some pasta at the Bell afterwards did make me feel better. The amount of people we saw on the floor during the run was scary. I learnt my lesson big time today. Will not be such an idiot again!

Totals for week 24

7h 58m total

Swimming – 59m

Cycling – 4h 21m

Running – 2h 37m