As I mentioned before, I've been working over the winter with the most marvellous Fiona, who has overseen predominantly my strength and conditioning plan, but also helped me with the early stages of my overall training plan. A more inspirational person you will struggle to find, and I can't begin to put into words how … Continue reading New Coach
Gosh it's been a wee while since I've posted anything. I think the general rule at work is about a month of punishment for each week you take off. What with wading through the post holiday admin mountain, some on call, a work trip to London and the ongoing training, I've had little time to … Continue reading Improving…….
We are just about clinging on to our training plans during our normal working weeks, but this can prove difficult as soon as there is a break to our normal routine. Last week threw up all sorts of barriers to normal training - the first half of the week was half term and we were … Continue reading Out of Town Training
I've spoken about my swimming already. And the main points really are: I have had the benefit of excellent swim coaching from the marvellous GTC coaches to date. Much of my frustration relating to being a slow swimmer and my perception of not getting anywhere stems from the fact that I have not actually been … Continue reading Busy Week Part 2: Swim Smooth Clinic
Cycle training over winter is tricky, especially when you live in a country in perpetual darkness from November to March, with weather not especially suited to donning lycra and heading to the hills. But cycle we must, and the answer of course is indoor cycling. There are many ways to address this and of course … Continue reading Indoor Cycling
My feelings about the swim section of the Ironman swing between thinking this will be the most manageable part of the race, to being quite convinced I'm going to drown, or, if I'm spared that fate, having to cling on to a friendly canoe and being dragged ashore, thus ending my participation before it's really … Continue reading Swim training so far
So. An update on some actual training. I have chatted a bit about strength and conditioning which is the focus (although not the only focus) over this first part of the winter. There is not an area of my body that is not in need of strengthening. Or indeed conditioning. This will help my later … Continue reading Strength and Conditioning
As mentioned previously, it became increasingly clear to me that not only would I need to make a significant personal commitment to training over the next year, I would also need some help. The internet is a marvellous resource, and whilst there is much advice to be found about training plans and tips, none of … Continue reading Thrilled to have a personal trainer
I have never actually trained properly for anything. When I decided to run a marathon it took me over a year and I just went on lots of long, slow, plodding runs, trying to gradually increase my distances. After quite a few months and in the middle of my fourth half marathon (I still remember … Continue reading My training habits to date
Two months ago, along with 50 other members of my triathlon club, including my husband Paul, I signed up for Ironman Wales and frankly have barely slept since. This is not something that has always been on my bucket list - I ran a marathon in 2015 for charity and vowed categorically never to do … Continue reading How did this happen…….?