I'm a stats girl...... so lets start with last years stats...
I swam 37.3 miles
I ran 1079 miles and I biked 1110 miles. That's pretty good but this year will be better. This year will see me getting more technical, heart rate zones, better nutrition, I mean I have just started measuring my pulse every morning to see if I am overdoing it and I waved a big GOODBYE to booze..... eeek!
So as the title suggests a good start to the year. I finished run December but I kinda got into the habit of running everyhere to get the miles in so new years I ran 1.26 miles down the pub to recover the car with Ben my 9 yr old son. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree there. Then I took the kids out for a 5.6 mile bike ride. I was supposed to be having a rest day but I just couldn't help myself and I really want to get the kids especially my eldest a bit more active.
2 nd Jan
I took the kids swimming and managed 0.62 miles in 29.29. Now I have done a really silly thing....Taunton Triathlon I have put my 400 m swim time down as 8.30 but my best effort is 9.52......... I really need to do some work here. I can just about push my self to get 10 mins in training so with the added bonus of adrenalin and competitive streak I think I might just do it. Its also a tactic as I will be there with people who I can chase whereas before Ive left the field behind. This year I'm going to start with the faster boys n gals as I know that that red mist comes down and I will go with a rocket up mt arse!!!!
I also went mountain bike riding with my friend Stuart. We covered 21.03 miles in 2.06 and it was great fun.. It was a flat ride but the tracks were very boggy and uneven and it was great. I typically rode straight through all the puddles because I like getting dirty...... was good fun and went really quickly.
I started the day with 4 miles of hill sprints. A half mile warm up to the base of an hill that is about half a mile long and gets really steep ( I call it the booby hill because once you've ran up and down it a couple of times it makes booby shapes on the elevation chart) I ran up and down three times and it was quite difficult but I LOVE HILLS and with Run Rampage around the corner best I start loving them a hell of a lot more. After the first sprint up I felt bluergh.... but soon warmed up and took up the challenge.
I did want to get out on Whoopie then as I had spent a whole night worrying weather I had the right god damn cassette on the back of my bike..... 25 teeth versus 28 teeth, cadence versus top speed.......AAAARRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I was totally thrown into turmoil and self doubt with my tri racing bike and weather it (or should that actually be me ) would be capable of conquering the hills at Wimbleball. I got myself so stressed out about it that I actually had nightmares. Thunder thighs and dodgy gears plagued my dreams........So I decided the best thing to do was to get out on said bike and go ride some big ole hills....... that was the plan until it started to snow AGAIN.... ( piss off snow, really I've had enough of your little outbursts and your refusal to budge). There's so much that I don't actually know about bikes and I'm taking a crash course. There is so much to know and when you ask people you can get some very conflicting advice
I decided to go swimming and I'm glad I did...........I was actually really tired as soon as I started swimming I could feel the tiredness in my whole body, maybe the x country bike ride took more outta me than I thought........I have decided at the start of every swim session I will do a timed 400 m to see if I am improving. This today took me 10 mins, that's slow. After that I did another 18 lengths going slowly to improve my technique and to get my average stroke down. I did succeed in this and learnt a rather important lesson that faster is not always better. In order to get in the top three of my age cat I really need to pick up the pace.