I'll start with a couple of disclaimers. I have a feeling everyone might be getting a bit sick of us harping on about this now, so after this blog I'll stop! Also, it's going to be a long one, so settle in with a cup of tea (or glass of wine), or alternatively now is … Continue reading I am an Ironman! (woman)
I was going to save this until after the race, but it will be true whatever the outcome at the weekend, so it seems appropriate to post now. A year ago, when Paul and I signed up for Ironman Wales, I think we could have best been described as ‘enthusiastic joiners’ in the world of … Continue reading A word about coaches
Now that we are in full taper mode (we have less than four hours of exercise to do this week!) I seem to have rather a lot of time for panicking and weeping. Having never really properly trained for anything before, and therefore never really properly tapered, I have discovered that although we were very … Continue reading Lists, lists, lists, lists…….
For a couple of weeks, my Training Peaks plan has had a very enticing entry for this week stating 'Taper - woop!'. I can't tell you how excited I have been about this, although no further details were forthcoming until the very last second. Indeed we'd resorted to bribery by having Crawford and his lovely … Continue reading Tapering. Yippeee!!
Perhaps we were a little optimistic hoping the taper would start a month before the race. I was quite exhausted last week and may have come across a teensy bit grumpy in my blog. Indeed Crawford texted me after reading it to apologise lol. Not that it in any way persuaded him to go easy … Continue reading Very Much Not Tapering
It is four weeks and two days to Ironman Wales. I have a dreadful lurch of anxiety/nausea every time I think about it at the moment and am torn between being so ready for this all to be over, and panicking that time is galloping by too quickly. We are essentially in our peak training … Continue reading Peak Training (I hope)
I am just back from the gorgeous Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Back at the start of the year when Crawford and I were working out a long term training plan, he suggested I competed in a standard distance race (see Triathlons Explained) round about now. I began searching for a suitable race, … Continue reading #4 of 5 The Marvellous HebTri
Eek. It is the middle of July and today is 8 weeks to Ironman Wales. I'm not sure how this could possibly have happened, but at the same time, it feels like we have been training for a decade. I also can't quite believe the length of time it's been since I posted my last … Continue reading Where is the time going?
Last week saw the first two of my '5 years with you' challenges for the Beatson Cancer Charity (see 'All in a good cause'). I mentioned previously that when I first started working with Crawford and essentially refused to do a half Ironman during my training (not out of petulance, but because I thought - … Continue reading Busy Week
I used to be a solitary trainer. The thought of trying to keep up with someone on a run, or worse, talk to them whilst I struggled for breath, was just too much stress for me during my early days of exercise. I was happier plugging myself into some music and setting off alone. I … Continue reading Training Buddies