Monday, 16 October 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
pace 4:30-4:45km which was quicker than the plan but I felt good. At 16km doubts started to creep in as this was my longest run for a couple of years, however, with one lap left I held onto the pace and was ecstatic to get onto the iconic Ironman carpet and finish shoot. The feeling coming over line was a mixture of emotion - pleasure, happiness and relief. I had not only completed my challenge but also in a quicker time than I thought. I really enjoyed the challenge of the distance and the variety of training more than duathlons. The organisation, volunteers, crowds and atmosphere in Weymouth were just fantastic, and have left me eager to sign up for my next one!
- Sea swims are tough, and there are definitely improvements I can make. Swimming in a lake is great, but it didn't prepare me for the challenge of the sea.
- Plan my transitions before as I head to them, leave my shoes on my bike not in the bag to save time walking in cleats.
- Go to the toilet on the bike, (don’t climb over a farm gate and strip off!)
- I can still run the distance even if I haven’t done it in training!
- I can trust my body again, (after a stress fracture, I was constantly worried I would repeat it again and every small niggle would make me panic) this proved to me I can do it!
- I want to enter another!
Thursday, 8 September 2016
11 Months on...
It's been nearly a year since my injury and I’ve just started to get running again, I can’t believe it’s taken so long it has generally been the hardest year I’ve ever had. I just hope it makes me stronger and wiser. Every day I still fixate on my injury, and overthink it. Any ache or pain in the area and I panic, should I still run should I stop? I hope this will pass in time. Sensitivity and phantom pains are normal after a stress fracture.
Saturday, 27 February 2016
So I haven't posted anything for a while for a few reasons:
1. I feel I haven't done anything exciting to write about recently due to this on going injury.
2. I've been fairly depressed for the first time in my life and it's taking me a long time to feel like writing again.
|Sitting on top of Kings Canyon|
|My weekly plans!|
After three months I had a scan, not bad news as such but I felt it put me back to the depression stage. The leg is healing but taking longer that expected to heal. This would explain the pain I still experience occasionally. I felt all the previous emotions return to me especially when withdrawing from Europeans which I had trained so hard to qualify for. All I can do is wait.
With such a long time now off running I need to strengthen my muscles used for running before I start again. I've been lucky enough to try an anti gravity treadmill and am starting incredibly slowly- 15mins of running with 20% off my body weight, when no symptons occur afterwards I can build this up and re sculpt the muscles (they've all got very squidgy, which has lowered my body confidence completely) baggy tshirts it is now! The machine is hilarious, it lifts you up with air, on the first attempt I couldn't put my feet on the floor. I feel like Mr Blobby running on the moon!
2. A picture of a training object that means something to you.
They are all special to me, most of them a first experience of any race, a podium, a proud race completion or fun training session. This saddens me slightly. Will I ever be as quick again, will I be able to run up this hill again? I have to feel proud of what I've achieved last year and if I can do it once, it may take time but I can do it again! Anyway the two pictures I have picked are below;
Thursday, 5 November 2015
|"Chris" the new bike..|
|Off on the run...|Team GB!
|Adelaide Oval and Elder Park where the Race was held|
|Me and a World Champ!|
|Two scared first timers pre race!|
Sunday, 6 September 2015
8am- Park Run
11am - Bike Ride
3pm - Core exercises and stretching,
5pm - Sea Swim
6am - Sea Swim
9am - Bike Ride
10:30am - Brick Run
12pm - Q and As
A quick jog back and breakfast altogether (a full welsh breakfast). We were off on a 3 hour bike. 47 miles with a lovely challenging Welsh Bryn,this was a good long climb and part of the route was from the famous Dragon Ride. Helen’s friend Darren Pedal Cover Insurance owner and road champion also joined us. Plus we had our own escort, Mark in the van incase we had any mechanicals or needed some assistance! Riding with Helen was great and I picked up lots of tips, I was admiring her Liv bike! She made all the hills look so easy.
|Gotta eat like a champion to be a champion!|
|I have to enter the water?|
|Can we have breakfast now?|
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
6 days on I then entered a local triathlon Bewl water. I didn't feel too prepared as it had been a while since an open water swim. The start was an early 7am so it wasn't too warm either at this time. The swim was delayed 30 min due to fog on the water and as I had already warmed up in the water and then got out again this wasn't the best start! My swim was even slower than previously. I was in a woman's wave (which I advise beginners to be in as there's less kicking and shoving!) it just seemed very long and I couldn't get into a rhythm. Upon leaving the water there was a long up hill run and I somehow cut my foot on the rocks. I ignored it and ploughed on, the bike was lovely well-suited to me; undulating and I caught up with a few girls. The run was hilly with some steps thrown in! Not my quickest run but I pulled it back and was super pleased with an age group win :). A lovely surprise and confidence booster! Considering I was pretty tired from a hard training block!