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!
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…
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
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!!
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 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!
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
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
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!
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!
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 😉
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..
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.
Distance completed since January 1st 2013