It’s been a crazy year indeed with highs and some bad lows. But I tried to remind myself that:
So I think it was just the universe giving me the shake up I needed to make some important changes.
Of which I made two big ones. First I got out of the environment that was making me unhappy and moved away from martial arts. This gave me more time to consider everything else going on in my life and the opportunity to align my passion for sport with my professional life. So it was fond farewells to Microsoft along with some tearful goodbyes to the lovely people there, especially those that I trained with. As I moved to Amer Sports to join the Precor team as the UK Marketing Manager. It’s been a whirlwind six months but I’m loving it.
In the process I’d got back into running. I had really enjoyed it at Uni, so maybe not surprising I got back into it again. I loved getting outside into the fresh air and freedom of having no-one around and just my music playing. I then decided to pull my mountain bike out and go exploring even more miles into the countryside. This soon turned into purchasing a road bike and going on some very long bike rides. My change in jobs meant I was now going to Nuffield Health in Farnborough which had a pool. So what started out as active recovery sessions doing a bit of swimming up and down, I’m now really enjoying. So you guessed it the idea of competing in a triathlon was in my head.
By the time I felt ready for a triathlon the season was ending. However I packed in a lot of races and a tough duathlon this year in preparation:
|15th May||Royal Berkshire 10k||10km||44mins||7th age cat, 10th female|
|4th June||The Hurt||10km||1hr 1min||7th female, 39th overall|
|7th Aug||Harting MT race||10miles||1hr 18mins||1st age cat, 9th overall female|
|14th Aug||Surrey Sportive||60miles||4hrs||1st female, 14th overall|
|28th Aug||Englefield XC 10k||10km||48mins||3rd age cat, 4th overall female|
|4th Sept||Maidenhead XC half||13.1miles||1hr 39mins||33rd age cat, 47th overall female|
|11th Sept||Bike Oxford||80miles||5hrs 34mins||N/A|
|2nd Oct||Reading O2O||10km||45mins||6th age cat, 11th overall female|
|9th Oct||Boxhill Sportive||65miles||5hrs||Bronze time category|
|23rd Oct||Water of Life half||13.1miles||1hr 43mins||5th age cat, 10th overall female|
|29th Oct||Devils Punch Sportive||51miles||3hrs 18mins||Gold time category|
|12th Nov||Boxhill Ballbuster Duathlon||40miles (8mile run, 24mile cycle, 8mile run)||4hrs 5mins (1hr 5mins, 1hr 44mins, 1hr 12mins)||6th age cat, 22nd overall female|
|3rd Dec||Grim Original||8miles||1hr 5mins||143rd overall|
|4th Dec||Mapledurham XC 10||10miles||1hr 23mins||4th age cat, 14th overall female|
|31st Dec||Gut Buster XC||10miles||1hr 28mins||7th age cat, 20th overall female|
With my Suunto Spartan Sport I can also analyse the hours training that went in alongside those events (albeit only from late Oct when I got the watch):
All the different types of training I’ve done:
I can also see how my pace has increased over various distances:
Then for 2017 I’ve got multiple triathlons entered. Typical me I haven’t gone for the easy option, entering ones that go up mountains and a half ironman distance. I’ve found a duathlon and short triathlon as little tests and trial runs before the main events:
- 19th Feb – Windsor Standard Duathlon 10km Run/ 40km Cycle/ 5km Run
- 23rd April Berkhamsted Triathlon 400m Swim/ 12mile Cycle/ 5mile Run each a tough hilly course through the Chiltern Hills
- 21st May Slateman Full Triathlon 1000m Swim/ 51km Cycle/ 11km Run round the Snowdonian mountains
- 25th June Cardiff Olympic Distance Triathlon 1500m Swim/ 40km Cycle/ 10km Run back onto the flat for a change
- 30th July Snowman Legend Triathlon 1900m Swim/ 91km Cycle/ 21km Run back up the Snowdonia mountains to complete this Half Ironman distance.
- Then in Sept I’m tempted to do a 70.3 Half Ironman or maybe a full Ironman
Thank you so much to the amazing companies who have continued to support me through their ambassador programmes:
- Better You with their amazing quality transdermal magnesium to help my muscles recover from 385 miles I’ve raced over the last 8 months and the many more training miles and hours.
- Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury with their delicious ethical premium quality super-foods to keep me fueled through all those hours and miles.
- Veganicity for their high quality supplements giving me all the vitamins and minerals I needed.
- OTE Sports for providing me essential energy and hydration to get through the training and races.
- Rocktape the best quality kinesiology tape when my body needed a bit of extra help to keep going.
- And last but certainly not least the amazing Sylvia Sobota at Nurture your Body for helping fix my mind and body while also being an amazing friend.
Now to bring on 2017!