Monday, December 31, 2012

A look back on 2012

Its that time of year when we all look back at what we have done and what we achieved. At the beginning of the year I was diagnosed with Sports induced Asthma and started using inhalers which really helped with my breathing and this showed on all of my race times.  Its amazing what a difference this made and not running like I was a steam train about to explode!!!!!!
 I don't know about you but I so easily forget what I did yesterday at the best of times so walk with me down memory lane and lets see what we can find.

Hestercombe Humdinger- took a whopping 7 mins off previous years time PB
Butleigh  7 miler - 8th lady in
Lionheart sportive - was supposed to be my first 100 miler but due to bike problems I did the 100 km
Taunton marathon - another PB brining my marathon time down to 4.08.03
Shapwick Bunny Hop - 2nd in age cat and 4th woman overall
Bridgwater 10 k- my FIRST sub 50 10 k..... PB 48.45.... 6th in age cat 3 years I had wanted that
Glastonbury 5k - ran this with my son Ben and was so very proud of him.
Glastonbury 10k - ran a double race on this day..... course PB by 3 mins
Taunton Deane Sprint Triathlon - beat previous year by 2 mins....5th in age cat
Somerset 100- popped my 100 mile cherry....6 hours 22 mins
IRONMAN 70.3 UK - took 61 mins off previous year 6.59.14..... 12th in age cat
Ash town tree trial - my first sub 1 hour 7 miler 58.10 another PB and off road as well
Heart foundation - 50 mile
Bideford Sprint Triathlon....5th in age cat.... huge asthma attack in cold water
Bristol Olympic Tri - A Massive 10 k PB 47.08 (OMG) 4th in age cat. Fastest Olympic  to date
Frome half marathon- cycled 40 hilly miles to get there... slow hilly race... cycled home.
Stert Island Swim- my first DNF
Waterside Long Distance Tri- WINNER!!!!!!! 8.51.13
Bridgwater half marathon - another PB 1.50.40
Malmesbury Sprint triathlon -3rd in age cat... 8th woman in
Burnham on Sea Olympic - 1st in age cat
Bustinskin Middle Distance - didnt finish due to race being called off.
River Parrat Relay Race - ran as part of a team. Fastest women on my stint.
Bath Hilly Half - First race with other Mendip Triathlon Members
The Full Monty Cute - very challenging 10 mile x country but loved it with fellow tri members.
Street 5k - another PB 22.45
Stoke Stampede- course PB 48.13

27 events, 11 PB's, 1 DNF and 1 race cancelled and 2 trophies.
I've ran 1025 miles, biked 3790 and swam 97.

2013 will be the year of the Ironman distance.
5th May - Waterside middle distance
7th April - Taunton half or whole marathon haven't decided yet
2nd June - Swalshbuckler Middle distance
23rd June - Bristol Sprint age group qualifiers -not a chance in hell but will be racing with the best of them
14th July - Challenge Roth
Sept 29th - Bustinskin Middle distance

I'm going to be stronger, fitter and still totally obsessed with a 6 pack to die for.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bath Hilly Half/ Full Monty Cute

Bath Hilly half was the first team event for Mendip Triathlon Club.  We had been training off road for the last couple of months and we were ready to rock and roll.  The first challenge  was getting there through all the floods.

After arriving safely and out the car we realised how damn cold it was.  We registered we got our numbers and then hung around in the male jockey area (we are at a racecourse).  The race started at 11 so we had plenty of time to sit around and warm up.

We headed out to the start which was actually on the race track and everyone was huddling together to get away from the wind.  Its always a slightly worrying start to the race when the starter announces that you are the hardcoreist ( not sure that is a word let alone how to spell it) of the hardcore.

The race started well it all went flat and then downhill, a very steep downhill which we then had to turn around and run back up!!!!! The last bit of that hill was rather challenging I have to say.  That then led onto some very slippery grass hills where a man dressed as a joker was screaming at you to run up the hill. I have never been on a race that was so muddy and full on.... 2 lap course so you knew how much pain was coming the second time around.  The puddles were deep some so deep that you it was a tough decision weather to swim through them or wade.    I really liked the fact they had stella or water when you finished the race.  A great race that started and finished on the race track so a little gangam style was called for.  ( when I read this back in 5 years time I might wonder what the hell is gangam style?)

Full Monty Cute
If I thought that the Bath hilly half was tough then I hadn't done this race.... 10 hills in 10 miles.... not just steep hills but so steep that they had ropes so you could pull yourself up.  These hills were steep and long and half the time you were crawling on your hands and knees to get up them. The descents were just as bad, holding onto your life and hoping that someone was going to catch you at the bottom.  In a positive light the weather was fantastic, nice and muddy and a cider Christmas pudding waiting for you at the finish.  We had started at the back of this race and the paths were so small and the hills were so steep you ended up getting stuck behind people but I managed to creep back up through the pack.

All I can say is that I enjoyed both races ALOT.... I felt pretty strong doing both and what great races to get marathon fit.  I have enjoyed running as a Mendip triathlon member and have had 2 great days out with old and new friends.

Ironman training starts tomorrow and I am ready to ROCK and ROLL!!!!!!!