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Four weeks to go, & counting

30 Sep

Pear tree blossomThe final four weeks to the big event. Gosh that’s come around quickly! It’s hard to get my head around the fact that this time in 4 weeks I will have completed a half Ironman triathlon, my first tri for 8 years. And I can’t tell you how many times in the past 4 months I’ve wondered why on earth I’m doing this. Why on earth am I subjecting myself to all this training; all those long rides, the endless laps up and down the pool with the pull buoy (the bane of my existence), the running off the bike sessions? Why? Can’t tell you because I don’t really know myself. I had this crazy notion of doing another one, to see whether I could do this again, now that I’m 8 years older. Definitely not wiser though – otherwise I wouldn’t be in this predicament!

I bought a black two piece tri suit today from 2xu. Whoah, those things are expensive! Also bought socks, cap and elastic laces. My shoes arrived in the mail from Wiggle the other day – Asics DS trainers. The bike is booked in for a final service and new tyres 2 weeks before the event. At some stage I am going to have to try on the wet suit, to see whether I can fit into it!

This morning I did an ‘easy’ hour ride. Well it should have been easy but I had a head wind all the way along Ginninderra Drive – from Ellenborough St to Kingsford Smith Drive. Then later this afternoon I did an ‘easy’ 10km – again it should have been easy but I struggled in the last couple of kilometres – ran out of puff and had tired legs. I am still experiencing DOMS from Thursday’s gym session which is really unusual because it wasn’t a hard session. Its taking me a long time to recover from training sessions this week which is starting to worry me, as the sessions haven’t been hard (its recovery week). So I will make an appointment to see the GP and get some blood tests done.

I really don’t need this 4 weeks out, though.

Tomorrow: the plan is, I don’t have a plan. I will see how I feel and take it from there. Besides I’m waiting, with bated breath, for my new training program! :)

“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.” – Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts comic strip

Hamster on a wheel

25 Aug

Lately I’ve been feeling like the hamster on the wheel, continually go-go-going and I know it’s not going to end until that event on 28 October. This morning I was up at 5am to have brekkie before heading out on my long ride/run session. Fortunately the weather had vastly improved on yesterday though there was a wind blowing – not too strong but enough to be a hassle when riding into it.

6.30am and I was off, heading out to Federal Highway. I decided to keep riding until I had gone about 30km before turning.This meant that I encountered a few hills along the way, the last one before turning was a doozy – I didn’t think it was going to end. There seemed to be lots of traffic going both ways this morning – mostly cars heading out, and huge trucks heading into Canberra. I stuck close to the shoulder and hoped that i didn’t get sucked into the trucks as they went speeding past. The joys of on-road cycling on a highway!

Coming back into town there were cross winds to contend with, so at times it was an effort keeping my bike upright. Then heading back up Ginninderra Drive I rode into a headwind. What fun, not. I just put my head down and pedaled and tried not to get discouraged at how slow I seemed to be going, especially up the hill at the start of Ginninderra drive, coming off Mouat Street. Still I’m nothing if not determined (or stubborn, as some people would say) and eventually I arrived home (having done 66km) for part two of my session – the 4km run.

As usual, my feet were frozen and I ran the entire way with little feeling in my feet. As usual, the 4km felt like 40km. As usual, I was happy once I could stop! However surprisingly my pace has improved – averaged 5.24min/km today :)

I was hoping to fit in a nap sometime today but that hasn’t happened. I’ve had heaps of washing to get through – triathlon training means piles of washing. I had swimming gear, cycling gear, running gear and gym gear to throw in the machine (in several loads), hang on the line and then get off later in the day, fold up and put away. Plus there was the usual clean-up-the-house stuff to do that gets neglected during the week and well, someone has to do it. Also made pumpkin soup for meals during the week after training and when I can’t be bothered cooking.

Tonight we are going to the The Hungry Buddha Nepalese restaurant in Curtin. Looking forward to it! There are no yak steaks on the menu ;)

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

postscript: just checked my training schedule for next week – its only a 90min ride next Saturday AND no run! Yay! There would be a #happydance except I’m too goddam tired! ;)

Also I’m catching up with supercoach SpartaJen tomorrow morning – I can’t wait!

Right here, right now

5 Aug

This song by Fatboy Slim brings back memories of Ironman 2004 at Forster/Tuncurry. They were playing this while I was waiting very nervously for the swim start and was wondering what the day would bring. Well 13 hours and 2mins later I would finish as an Ironman, but I didn’t know that at the start of the day! And why am I bringing it up now?

Because today I sat on my bike on the windtrainer for 2 hours of solid cycling and all sorts of things go through your mind when you’re madly pedalling but not going anywhere! The 2 hours was a mixture of short hill and long hill repeats, 20 sec sprints and steady state cycling and it was hard and sweaty work. Also with about 30mins to go I was starting to have issues with my bike seat. There was lots of strategic manoeuvring on that seat trying to find a comfortable position.

Later I met Ruth and Mr B for coffee at Kingston & Co, our new favourite coffee place. It was so good to see these guys again and we spent about an hour and a half catching up on all the goss. One of the gifts they brought back was this beautiful little owl – isn’t she gorgeous! I love owls, along with frogs, dragonflies and butterflies.

So a great day has almost come to an end. Back to work tomorrow :(

Tomorrow the plan is: swimming in the morning and running intervals at the gym after work.

“Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything – the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You’ve got to acknowledge those fears, then release them.” – Mark Allen, won 6 Ironman championships

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s see how far we’ve come

9 Jul

So the training roller-coaster starts again for another week – another week which takes me closer to the main event – the Port Mac 70.3 triathlon in October. Its 111 days away (15 weeks yesterday). Seems so long but I know from experience that the time will fly and before I know it, I will be standing on the starting line early Sunday morning, 28 October. So much to do, so little time!

Actually that’s not quite right – I have the time and I am following a program and each week brings me closer to being event ready for the big day. Even just looking back over the past 2 months of training I have improved. Two months ago I hadn’t ridden my bike in over a year, nor had I been in a pool for that length of time. Now I’m cycling 40-60km outdoors plus doing a couple of sessions on a stationary bike each week. Each week I’m swimming a couple of kilometres. And my running – well that happens regardless. I’m also doing 2 weights sessions a week for strength and endurance. Sometimes it’s good to look back to see how far we’ve come because it’s so easy to get bogged down in training day after day after day.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

 

Saturday sleep in & other stuff

23 Jun

A sleep in – its something I look forward to all week. The one morning when I don’t have to use an alarm, I can get up in my own time, make breakfast and have coffee while reading the newspaper, all whi9le still in my pj’s.

However, it doesn’t mean that there is no training. Oh no, that gets pushed to the end of the day. Today it was a leisurely 8km in sunny but chilly conditions this afternoon. I did get a few looks from the walkers who were rugged up in thick woolly jumpers and jackets and I was wearing shorts and a singlet! Fortunately I warm up relatively quickly when running….except for my feet. The rest of me can be quite warm, but my feet will be ice blocks or have no feeling…..which makes running rather interesting.

Then a little later I went to the pool for a 1.2km swim session. There were still quite a few people there and there were about 4 in my lane. We seemed to sort ourselves out after the first couple of laps and kept out of each others way after that. Just the way I like it! It was a really good swim – I felt strong and could grab the water today which really helped with speed. I seem to have good or mediocre swim sessions – today it was a good one. Win!

I also had a long overdue massage this morning, which was bliss. And my massage therapist noticed that I am more balanced in the body which is probably due to the cross-training as opposed to just running, which was what I was doing when I last saw her. She also noticed that my quads are feeling stronger which has probably something to do with the cycling. So all’s good.

And even better, my yurbuds arrived today! These earphones have been developed by a marathoner and triathlete and have patented ear-lock technology and are designed to fit your ear. So this means that they should stay put and not fall out while I’m running – a problem I have with my other ones. I tested them this afternoon on my run and they were great. They were really comfortable and you don’t even notice them. And not once did I have to fiddle with them to make sure they stayed put.

I watched the Port Macquarie Ironman on TV this afternoon. I was interested in seeing what the course looks like given that I will be doing the half ironman there at the end of October. Its still a bit too far away to start getting nervous about. But I will need to train for hills on the bike – there seems to be a few of them and one not too far out of transition.

Tomorrow – I will be cycling to Mt Ainslie in the morning for the monthly vets run (my 100th!) and then cycling home afterwards.

Week in review

3 Jun

Sunday – finally I have a chance to sleep in, and I make the most of it. I love a slow leisurely start to a Sunday morning which drives Mr N crazy as he likes to go, go, go. He paces, gets fidgety, is in and out of the house like a yo-yo, tries to hurry me along. But me – well, its go, go, go all week starting at 5.30am so to lie around until 9am, then get up and have a leisurely breakfast while reading the Sunday paper is something I really look forward to.

Weather-wise it was an improvement on yesterday so later in the afternoon I went for a 10km run. I was also trying out my new shoes for the first time and it was blindingly obvious that my old shoes lacked any sort of support at all! So note to self – buy new shoes more often and rotate use of shoes. One particular route I had originally planned on running including a crossing over a storm water drain. However yesterday’s run put paid to that idea because when I got there I discovered the path over the drain was under water and given I was wearing my brand new white (very white) shoes, I wasn’t getting them wet and revolting so soon. So I backtracked the way I came and headed down the alternate path going through Florey towards the lake. Otherwise it was an uneventful trouble-free run done in about 57 minutes.

So now for the week in review, which was all about recovery from a horrible virusy thing, ie a bad head cold.

Week beginning:

Monday 28/5: still sick – no exercise

Tuesday 29/5: bike – a 40min wind trainer intervals session

Wednesday 30/5: gym – weights session

Thursday 31/5: run – 8km

Friday 1/6: gym – weights session

Saturday 2/6: bike – 54min windtrainer session / swim – 1km – easy intervals

Sunday 3/6: run – 10km

Totals for the week:

Swim – 1km

Bike – 1hr 34min (wind trainer)

Run – 18km

Monday

28 May

Today I made the decision to stay home and rest and recuperate and try to get over this stupid head cold.

No exercise again today. I briefly considered getting on my bike on the windtrainer at some stage today but even the mere thought of doing it was enough for me. And I’m smart enough not to push it so I quickly shelved that idea. Tonight I am getting out my cycling gear in anticipation of doing a cycle session in the morning (on the windtrainer) but I can’t say with certainty that it will happen. I will make that decision when I wake up. Patience. Something I’m slowly learning. And not judging myself against other people’s expectations. :)

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr Seuss

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