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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Sink or Swim

swimming2I’ve been absent lately, partly due to the fact that August is always pretty hectic as my Dad and Step-mum come to stay for the month from Spain. So I don’t always eat as healthy as I should or keep up the training… but I have still been active as I’ve started having swimming lessons! I did learn to swim as a child and am fairly confident in water, but over the years I forgot how to do the strokes properly and have been muddling through with my own improvised doggy paddle… it gets me through the water but it is neither pretty nor particularly effective…

… and I have, in my usual style, entered myself into something way over my head – namely the Half Outlaw Triathlon next May, just down the road from me at Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre…

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Race Report- Jane Tomlinson York 10K

York 10kI had originally entered the Jane Tomlinson Run For All York 10k with Helen, but due to her knee injury she had to sadly sit this one out, but agreed to still accompany me for a girlie weekend away.

We drove up to York on the Saturday, to discover that it would cost us more for the parking than for lunch! York was packed- I guess it was the combination of decent weather, a few events happening and school holidays. After a lunch of fish and chips it was time to explore and shop- we took in the Shambles and the Minster, looked round unique little gift shops (including a shop selling all things cat related!), walked along the walls and found the ruins of an abbey which neither of us knew existed.

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