Friday, 25 July 2014

WHAT 6 weeks!!

Oh my goodness in  all the excitement of the Triathlon I had totally miscounted the weeks until the my first ever half marathon and now it is only 6 weeks away! I am crapping myself.  I am more scared about this then the Triathlon I did. 

I have mentioned before that my hip has been playing up and I have now started seeing a physio.  One of the first things she said was that my trainers were rubbish and needed to be changed asap.  She told me that my old ones where too rigid, not supportive and the heal was far too hard.  With new knowledge of the sort of shoe I need we headed to a local family run sports shop and was recommended some lovely Brooks Adrenalines.   I did freak a little at the cost as I have never spent some much money on trainers.  I am now starting a saving tin for just trainers!

I have been tried them twice now including running over some dreaded fields and have no hip pain – yay.  My thighs are aching but that’s it.  I am so impressed.  My flat arches actually feel supported.  It is only early days but I really can’t believe that I had a pain free run in them.

So we are 6 weeks to go on Sunday and training is in full swim

This week’s training is as follow

Monday – Run and Swim

3.5 mile run in my shiny new trainers and all was good although it was very hot.  Swimming on the other hand was not good.  As soon as I out my goggles on I knew I felt weird and sure enough after  15 minutes I had a headache.  I lasted 45 minutes but had to get out as my head was bouncing in the end.  I was really frustrated as really enjoying swimming at the moment.

Tuesday – Rest

I decided to have an easy day as I really didn’t feel too good.

Wednesday – Club run

It was a bright blue sunny evening and really hot.  We set of nice and steady and I managed a slow 6.5 miles.  The heat really took a lot out of me but to have no hip pain was fantastic.

Thursday – Swim

Early morning swim and it was lovely and refreshing. The plan was to take it easy as I had not been feeling 100% but once I am in the water taking it easy is just not an option for me!  I managed to do 1250m in 30 minutes with a few drills thrown in and I was pleased with that.

Friday – Run

Today is another hot day and we run at lunch time so we went in the woods. 

We have a busy weekend planned so I am planning on doing a long run of about 8 miles but not sure what day I will do it.  I am loving the fact that England is currently enjoying a heat wave and plan on making the most of it.    I just hope it lasts long enough for our planned camping trip!

Friday, 18 July 2014

I did it, I did it...

I did it, I did it, I did it and it was fantastic and now I am a triathlete!

So my first ever triathlon was on Sunday and my nerves kicked in Saturday night.  Rewind a little to where I left off on my last post, 10 sleeps to go, and I wsa looking forward to watching the tour de France.  We went and it was amazing.  I need to sort all the pictures out as it was one of the best things I have ever been to watch.

So Thursday 3rd July I had my usual morning swim and lunch time run and all was good.  The Friday we went to Ponteland so I could see where the triathlon was and where I needed to park.

Saturday we went to watch the Tour De France and it really was amazing.  We went to the summit of a climb and I think all in all we walked a very hilly 10miles and stood for hours!  It was fabulous.

Sunday however I felt fine but went to bend down to pick up the laundry basket and my back went into spasm.  It had never happened before.  I was panicking like mad and starting to think that Sunday was not going to happen.  So long story short I couldn’t train until the Thursday.  Where I planned on swimming but got the pool and it was shut so ended up doing a very easy exercise bike session on the evening. Friday I had a lovely long walk and a session with the physio which was great.

So that brings us up to triathlon weekend.  Saturday I went with my niece to register and attend a briefing session.   We also had some amazing cake at a little cafĂ© in Poneland that I would go back for. 

Once I got home I got all my kit ready and my nerves set in a little bit. 

We had an early night as it was an early start.  I had a bowl of oats and sugar, with a cup of tea and then we set off.  I was feeling very excited.

We had an early start and arrived at the start/transition area at 7am and as I had already pre-registered I went straight through to set up transition.  I really doubted myself and my choice of how to set up but as it looked wet I decided to wrap my towel in a plastic bag.  I also put my bike shoes on top of my trainers with my race belt and bike gloves and wrapped them in a plastic bag.  I had a water bottle for running as there were no water stations on the course.  After the briefing I had an hour and half until my start time so I was going to get changed and have a mouch but the rain had other plans and the heavens open and it poured.  I mean poured it was bouncing.  I went and got changed and my hubby and I along with everyone else decided to watch the swimmers  and cheer them on as it was a pool start. 

The swim was 16 length of a 25m pool and the pool had 5 lanes in it.  My start time was 9.41 and I was in lane 5.  To be honest I was so shocked at the level of people swimming ability.  I had trained so hard  on the swimming front thinking that everyone would be like pros.  There were not and it really put me at ease.  People had clearly not been honest about their swim time as the lanes were very congested and I worried that I wouldn’t be able to get a good swim in. 
that's my behind!

Near my start time the rain stopped and I warmed up a bit and got chatting to some lovely people in my swim time and then went to the pool edge to wait to be told to get in.  I was counted down and before I knew it I was starting my first ever tri.  There was a little traffic on my swim which was frustrating but better than my friends swim which had been a nightmare for her.  I passed everyone in my lane and manged to get some clear water to go for it.  Then another swimmer joined and she caused me to slow down a few times as she was changing her stroke all the time.  Before I knew it my swim was over and it was to go to tranisition.  The rain had stopped but  I was a little slower than I like would have likes as everything was wrapped in bags but it was the right move as my socks and shoes were dry. 

I got on my bike and onto the open road.  The first road had a lot of parked cars that was annoying but once I got going the roads were very quiet.  The rain started bouncing again as soon as I got my bike which made visibility poor.  I had never ridden in wet conditions so that was new to me and I was more relaxed than I thought I would have been.   The route was lovely and if the sun was shining it would have been beautiful.  The course was undulating with a few little hills that stung the legs a little. 

The rain never let up the whole ride and before I knew it  I was entering the second transition.  This went well but my feet were squelchy and very wet.  My trainers somehow had stayed dry as I had not wrapped them properly and I was well pleased about that.  It had stopped raining and I set off with a slight hill to begin with.  I liked this as it got my legs going. 

The course was one lap and it was on and off road.  I was slow but really enjoyed it which is good for me as I have not been enjoying running recently.  The course finished on a field where the transition area was located. 

I was so happy when I finished and collected my t-shirt.  Everyone I had met was lovely and it was a wonderful first time experience.  I did expected everyone to be like pro’s but actually most where like me and what’s more I didn’t come last!  It was a fabulous experience and I am itching to do another one.  I also can see the advantage of open water starts so a wetsuit is top of my Christmas list!


Sorry about the picture quality i forgot my camera!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

10 Sleeps to go....

So only 10 weeks to go and so far I am feeling really excited.  Currently my only fear is getting a flat on the course.  My  posts haven’t been so regular as I have been super busy but all for a good cause.

So where are we

Monday 23 June – Run and swim

Check and check!!  My legs were totally fine from doing the brick session the day before so I was well chuffed.

Tuesday – Run

A tough hilly wood run but was really enjoyable

Wednesday – Nieces birthday

Thursday – Swim and run
Again check and check – I swam in my tri suit and it was really comfy.  I was really pleased.  It was a little tight around the rip cage but really felt good.

Friday – Run and strength session

Check me out, I went for a strength session.  Who am i!!  I was shown how to use all the equipment and left on my own for a little bit.

Weekend – Long run

I did a 7 mile run on Sunday and was worried when I set out as I have not been enjoying running  but it was lovely. I went at my own pace and just took in the views.  My watch wouldn’t pick the satellite up as it was cloudy but I timed it and then used Map my Run to get the distance.
Actually ran 01:22:47 but had watch issues!

Monday 30th July

Swim and run.  My legs were really aching so I did find it hard but I did it  - hurrah

Tuesday – run

This was tough as my legs were heavy but not hurting – bonus!

Wednesday – club run
A very hilly 4 miles and a good chat with good company.  I was so pleased I went as I talked a friend into a triathlon next year!!!

think there will be a few of these!!
This weekend I am on a long weekend to watch the Tour De France and am very excited.  I would like to fit a bike ride and long run it but will see what happens. 

Hope you all have a good one.