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……
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
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
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
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