An interesting week, and RTTC national time trial

This arrived through the post on Monday. After driving back from Wimbleball on Sunday I had a cursory glance and left it on the table for a week

Just what I always wanted

Just what I always wanted

I had an easy week and did nothing until Thursday. I entered this Time Trial when I was tapering, and full of energy. At the time I wasn’t sure it was such a good idea, but I thought I’d give it a try. Time Trials are great for improving fitness! My start time was 2.46pm (not used to such a late start and only having to remember my bike… a revelation!) So I left home, got to Penblewin roundabout and realised I had left my Garmin at home charging :-0. I always seem to remember something I forgot on that roundabout! Anyway I arrived in plenty of time to drive the course, which was very well signed and marshalled in any case.

Start list

Start list

I signed on at the village hall and helped pin numbers on someone and vice versa. Everyone was very friendly and asked my name and introduced themselves. I had a chat with someone I knew and then went to the car park to get ready, where I chatted with another woman about saddles and chafing, as you do! I was trying something different and set my garmin to beep when I went under a certain wattage, (normally I set it to beep when its above) In retrospect I should have set it 10Watts lower! I went off feeling good, and was overtaken within the first 5 miles. There were people dotted along the course clapping, which was nice. The dual carriageway seemed to go on for a long time (this is the first 50 mile TT I have done) It was a relief to turn off onto the old road, and I knew it was not far to the turn around point. At the turn around point it all changed, the wind was against us and I started to struggle to hold my power, then the dual carriageway just seemed to go on for ever. I was overtaken by several people (stopped counting). I got to the lap point and almost dropped out, but thought I’ll just try and finish, forget about the power. I turned my beeping pest of a Garmin off, and got my head down. I got to the point of no return and was now starting to get uncomfortable in my aero position, had to stretch out a couple of times and was really struggling, it was like the road to hell. I kept wondering why I was riding up a dual carriageway in pain, when I could be at home relaxing! (maybe not, its amazing what you’ll do to get away from the kids for a bit!) I dragged myself to the finish and then to add insult to injury I had to cycle back to the start, which also seemed to take a lot longer on the way back! Many people had parked in a closer lay-by. This was the most mentally challenging race I have done, and I am amazed at the women who do this regularly, well done everyone! Much harder than my race last weekend.

Full results are here, amazing times!

Couldn't take it!

Couldn’t take it!

Finish times, not quite last!

Finish times, not quite last!

I had to get back home to my understanding husband, so didn’t stay for the prize giving, it looked like there was some good cake though! I did an average of 20.4mph so I was quite pleased that I got over 20, I was aiming for that. Drove home and had to stop the car in a lay-by near Resolven as I thought I was going to throw up (didn’t thankfully) Got home and dumped everything in the doorway, could not even be bothered to open the garage.

Left in the doorway

Left in the doorway

And the next day this awaited me!!!

Tidy up time!

Tidy up time!

So would I do it again? Who knows! Never say never :-) Some great photo’s here. and another report. At least I got a good photo though!!

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Lead up to Wimbleball and race report

A hectic week last week, with all my preparation going into the race on Sunday. My mum drove me down to Dunster on Thursday, where we had booked a holiday cottage for the weekend, and Patrick and the boys came down on Friday after school. We arrived at about 4pm and had a walk round the village. The sun was shining at this point, but it was very windy!

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We had some dinner after the walk and then had an early night. The village of Dunster is really pretty and has an amazing play park for the kids, but….it also has a lovely church which does a LOT of bell ringing!! As we soon found out…

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The Carillon goes on for about 5 minutes and the church was opposite the house we were staying in. If you click on the picture above it takes you to a youtube recording. The bell also chimes on the hour and every 15 minutes!! So my restful few days were not quite so restful, as I kept being woken up by chiming! Read the race report here

1 week and tapering please donate

With a week to go I have spent the week tapering. The trouble with tapering is that I have had more time to think and worry that;

1 I’ve set my goal too high

2 I should have tried harder in my training

3 I’m losing all my fitness

So, to distract me

1 I have been obsessively putting numbers in to tri calculator.

(As I have never done a race of this distance before I have no idea how I will cope, and I know its hilly so will have to watch my power output A LOT, I think going for a top 10 position in my age group is a little over ambitious, but….we’ll see. It depends on the day. I also realised that I have been reducing my goal time. At the start of the year it was 6h30, then I changed it to 6h15 and I have put on my homepage 6h10!!)

2 Pimping my bike so that at least I feel like a pro 😉

3 Gardening in the sun

I’d also like to remind everyone who has been reading my blog that I am dedicating this race to Sulien Luckman, who died tragically earlier this year.

A trust has been set up to commemorate his life, and is going to;

  • support young people who may need a little help to realise their full potential in life.
  • fund outdoor activities for boys.
  • give grants to support or develop local services to encourage boys to develop their nurturing side.
  • fund local services for families who have experienced child loss.

Please donate here, and if you have donated please fill out the contact form, on here as I’d like to say thanks. So until next time, I say goodye x wish me luck!!

2 Weeks and feeling stronger

After last weeks illness I had a “moment” and entered a 50 mile time trial which is in Abergavenny the week after Wimbleball. It is also the national championships, and was sold to me easily when presented as a “brilliant opportunity” 😮 Anyway I will put that to the back of my mind as I am concentrating all my efforts on tapering for the big day. Finally I have seen some progress, and am feeling a lot more positive, I did a hill rep session on Wednesday and had an increase in average power of about 10-15 watts per rep. The week being ill and resting obviously did some good!

Hill reps 5 min intervals April 2013

Hill reps 5 min intervals April 2013

Hill Reps 5 min intervals May2013

Hill Reps 5 min intervals May2013

I have now written my race plan, which I won’t share (don’t want to give all my secrets away!) And written an extensive tick list, I do love a list 😉 Had an amazing swim from Saundersfoot to Wisemans bridge, then I ran back to meet the boys in Saundersfoot.

Thats me, that is!

Thats me, that is!

The weather has finally changed and I’m hoping its going to be good for 2 weeks time! Fingers crossed…

We had a fantastic day at the Pendine Fun run on Sunday to support Suliens trust  Patrick and Devon ran, and I took the photo’s for a change! The weather was beautiful, dare I say it….summer here at last??

Start of the kids 2km race

Start of the kids 2km race

3 weeks to go and a cold

Well after Slateman I have had a hard week. I started off my training on Tuesday with a short swim, and then started to feel a bit ill on Wednesday, I wasn’t sure whether to run so I did an easy recovery run round the woods, it was either that or sleep on the sofa, in retrospect I should have slept on the sofa!! On Wednesday night I went to bed early and woke up Thursday feeling rough again, so no training. On Friday I was due to do a cycle ride but still felt under the weather so I decided to go on a long walk instead. It was very windy, so I’m quite glad I wasn’t out on the bike, besides I want to feel 100% for my next session so a few days off won’t do any harm! The walk was lovely and nice to get some fresh air, after feeling like I’d been moping round the house for a few days. Here are some pictures

Green woods

Green woods

Other than that I have had to satisfy myself by watching the Tim Don video giving some advice for the Wimbleball! Trying not to get too annoyed about my phone showing me lots of strava crowns being taken (you can tell its the bank holiday!)

Lost QOM's

Lost QOM’s

researching Ben Greenfield then feeling like I’ve been doing it all wrong, and panic buying a sun visor, a sun visor?? I ask you? I’m sure it will probably rain, but at least I’ve had practise at that :-)

The Slateman, and rushing around panicking.

Things I learnt this week,

1. Rushing around trying to solve problems often gets you back where you started.

2. I need to drink and eat more on the bike.

3. Tapering works, racing when tired doesn’t.

I have just finished my hardest block of training, and entered The Slateman as a practise race,  before Wimbleball. Last week I was pretty tired, I think the weekend away and some harder training had taken its toll. I started panicking on Tuesday, as my bike had been making a creaking sound, so I tried to get it sorted. To cut a long story short this involved me driving back and forth to Penally swapping wheels, and finding out that it wasn’t the wheel at all and ending up with the wheel that I started off with. I took the bike out on a training ride on Thursday and no creaking :-)

Before the rain and thunder started

Before the rain and thunder started

We drove up to Llanberis on Friday after school, and arrived at 9pm, got the tent up and had a drink with some friends. I had about 4 hours sleep after going to bed late and having freezing cold feet, then the boys waking up at 5 in the morning! We spent a lovely day going round Caernarfon castle until the wind picked up and it got cold, so back to the tent and then out for food. The race was the next day so we had a bit of an early night, and woke up to much better weather. The race was amazing, much harder than I thought, the run was a killer, you can read the full race report here

One more to collect!

One more to collect!

5 weeks and first race next weekend

Back to a “normal” week this week, after the excitement of going away. I did my first Time Trial this week on a windy Wednesday, was slower than last year, but quite pleased with my pacing! Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 19.25.07

Had a long ride on Friday to avoid the rain on Thursday, and took a few pictures before going up Pendine Hill, always hard, the hill not taking pics 😉

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It looked a bit sunnier than this when I was there!! Nice to see the bluebells out though. Looking forward to The slateman triathlon next weekend in Llanberis, I’m hoping the lake will have warmed up a little bit by then! Lyn Padarn brrr..

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What a week! (6 weeks to go)

Swimming

Had a great week last week, my first open water swim at Amroth beach, I got a very cold face at first but then swam down the beach and back against the current, as you can see from Garmin!!Image

Mountain Biking

At the weekend my mum looked after the boys and we did the Dyfi Enduro  in Machynlleth, we drove up on Saturday and camped Saturday and Sunday night. We did the event last year, but didn’t finish (injured husband). This year he trained and we finished, had a great time there’s a lovely atmosphere at the event and its nice not to be competitive for a change!!

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Why I am starting my blog

I am already a long way through my training for half ironman, but want to raise some sponsorship for a trust, that has touched me. I don’t usually get sponsored to do events because, I think, well I was going to do it anyway. But I really want to support The Spirit of Sulien Trust. I met Sulien at his little sisters birthday party in January this year. He tragically died in March and his family have set up a trust

  • To fund the activities that Sulien enjoyed.
  • To develop and support local services for encouraging boys to develop their nurturing side.
  • To fund local services that support families who have experienced the loss of a child.

I really hope that you can find some time to look at their website and feel inspired to donate some money to this very positive trust.

Donate here

training peaks, data, hours completed

Distance completed since January 1st 2013

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