Just a little training walk…

Phew- I have not done an event for some time that trashed me as completely as the Millennium Ultra did last weekend! I almost felt incapable of taking care of myself… I could hardly move my legs, couldn’t get up without pulling myself up on something, had to crawl up and down the stairs… I couldn’t walk properly until Wednesday.

Luckily I had last week off work as I had intended to take my mum to Limoges in France for a couple of days, but thanks to the French baggage handlers strike our flights were cancelled and our trip was off. Determined to still take a break, we booked into a spa hotel and made a proper holiday of it, visiting the Denby pottery centre and having a short walk along the cliffs above Matlock Bath before checking in.

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Event Report- The Millennium Way Ultra

There was no doubt about it- I was completely lost. Approaching checkpoint three my route description had finally succumbed to the relentless showers and had disintegrated into a soggy illegible pulp, and now I had taken the wrong exit out of the field.

Instead of arriving at the checkpoint marquee on the playing field at Yoxall I was faced with unfamiliar roads and had absolutely no idea how to get back on track. I looked at my watch- 5:03pm. I knew that the checkpoint closing time was 5:05pm and I had no way of finding it in time. It was looking horribly like my race was over… panicking I forced my tired body into a shambling jog- but I wasn’t even sure I was running in the right direction…

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Getting closer…

I cannot believe we are more than halfway through February already… is anyone else convinced that the years are actually getting shorter?

Of course, every day that passes brings me closer to the challenges I have booked- starting with the Millennium Ultra on 4th March- less than two weeks!

Now I first attempted this event a couple of years ago. All of the other entrants appeared to be serious ultra runner types who left me for dust in a matter of seconds. I trotted along at the back, eventually catching up with a couple in Stafford just after the first checkpoint. We walked/ ran for a little while but the chap had hurt his knee when he twisted it in the mud and was finding it increasingly painful so they decided to retire at checkpoint two.

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Swimathon Challenge

Spurred on by swimming 80 lengths last week I have been persuaded to enter this Swimathon Challenge in aid of Marie Curie on 7th April.

You book a time slot at one of the participating venues, choose your distance and then swim…

Helen and I have decided on a team effort- swimming 5k between us… a mere 100 lengths each! Ah well good training for the Half Outlaw!

Training update for January and February

As promised at the start of January 🙂 here is an update of my training progress…

I have been gradually building up the running and walking in preparation for the Millennium Ultra and have been regularly running 8- 10 miles with a few longer walk/ runs, although a nasty cold this week has meant things have hit a hiatus. Helen and I have done a couple of walks, one from Castleton up Mam Tor and along the ridge to Lose Hill and Back Tor. It was a gorgeous day, and as it was the New Year bank holiday predictably busy- we could have literally danced a conga along the ridge!

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Event Report- the Wilmot Wander

A couple of weeks ago saw me taking on my first challenge of 2017- the 32 mile Wilmot Wander. Run by the Chaddesden Scout Group, the walk starts from Chaddesden in Derby and takes in a circuit around the city.

They have this slightly odd system where walkers and runners are sent off in batches every two minutes, and as my start time was earlier than Sue and Elaine, my walking companions‘, I hovered outside in the dark trying to keep my balance on the icy pavement.

Reunited, we set off through Chaddesden Park- one drawback of not having a mass start is that there was nobody in front to follow. We had some rather poorly printed maps and a route description that was sparse at best so had to ask a local lady for directions on leaving the park.

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2017- Ready or not, here we come!!

I know I keep saying this but I can’t believe it’s 2017 already… 2016 seemed to fly by- it seems no time at all that I was writing my New Year’s post for last year.

There’s something about the start of a brand shiny new year that gets people thinking about making a fresh start, becoming a new person etc etc etc… which is great but all too often people make a whole list of resolutions (I’m going to go to the gym every day, get up an hour early each day, give up smoking, stop drinking, swim to work…) and of course it’s not realistic or sustainable and so they give up and feel like a failure.

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Happy Christmas!

This year has flown so fast!! I must admit my posts have been rather sparse lately… life has a nasty habit of flying by on steroids sometimes! I am hoping to get a little time over Christmas but as I only have the three Bank Holiday days off it’s not that likely…

Plus I am in training- what for? I will reveal all when I post about my plans for New Year but let’s just say it’s rather a lot… enough to make me keep thinking ‘What the **** have I done!?’

I haven’t been doing so much running lately so need to get serious after the festivities. On the plus side though I drove over to Swadlincote swimming baths on Friday night and squeezed in a rather rushed mile of front crawl… if you had told me last year I’d ever be able to do that I’d have said you were crazy!

Happy Christmas everybody- have a wonderful time (and don’t worry too much about training!)

That’s next year’s walking adventure sorted!!

… Can you guess what it is??

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Event Report- The East Leake Triathlon

east-leake-tri-sept-2016-167-zf-3393-42864-1-001So the day dawned for my first ever triathlon… was I nervous? Does Winnie the Pooh like hunny!?

I was awake far earlier than my alarm and after a quick breakfast checked my kit for the umpteenth time and loaded the bike in the car. This could have gone badly wrong as I changed my car a couple of months ago and hadn’t yet transported the bike in it but luckily there was plenty of room.

East Leake isn’t too far away but my swim time was 8:03am- they were obviously letting the slower ones start earliest as some folks weren’t starting their swim until 11:30am. I got my bike out and eventually found my way to registration, where I collected my race numbers, had my number (5) written on my hand and rather apologetically asked what to do with my bike, stammering that it was my first triathlon. One of the ladies immediately offered to show me the transition areas and took me to the swimming baths, indicating the exit and then walking me along the route to the bike transition. She pointed out where to rack my bike and explained how things worked- I was so grateful to her.

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