Weekly blog update: 6th May – 12th May

By PaulChristie on 12 May 2013

First of all, some very exciting but scary news!

On Friday I had an email from High 5 saying that I had won their competition, entry into the Outlaw half ironman and £200 worth of their products. After the initial excitement, my brain started to spin, crap, that’s three weeks away, no way am I ready, I hadn’t planned on doing something like this until August, can I do this? As I write this, I have to be honest and say there is a part of me that doubts it, but then there is a bigger part of me that is shouting HOORRRAAAHH, bring it on! Not only is it an amazing prize, but how better to check my fitness than seeing if I can do it3 months earlier than planned. So, on the 2nd June I will be heading to Nottingham and swimming 1.2 miles in open water, cycling 56 miles and then running 13.1 miles!

On Monday I went to Fareham with Adam and did quite an intense Brick session (bike then run) to recce the Fareham triathlon route, the weather was great and we ended up do the route twice, so a  7 miles cycle, 3.6 mile run, then another 12 mile cycle followed by a 3.6 mile run. It was an awesome morning and felt knackered at the end of it.

Tuesday & Wednesday were rest days as I was working in London and took the chance to recover from Monday’s session.

Thursday I cycled to 15 miles to Winchester in the morning and then 15 miles home in the evening, and what weather change! In the morning it was warm, sunny and had a nice tail wind all the way, but by the time I cycled home later on, it was raining heavily, very cold and some of the strongest headwinds I have cycled into. Once I was home, was very proud of myself that I didn’t wimp out and take the easy 4 mile cycle home :o)

Friday was a new mile stone for me, I was working in London again and it was frustrating that I wasn’t going to get any training in again, so decided to man up and run 4.3 miles to the train station in the morning and again home in the evening, totalling 8.6 miles with a rucksack weighing 1 stone on my back. I remember 3 ½ years ago, when I huffed and puffed, stopped a number of times in my attempt to cycle the momentous  4.3 miles to the station to see if I could do it, and here I am running it, and enjoying it!

The weekend was family orientated with kids birthday parties so Saturday I managed a 45 min turbo trainer session and Sunday a 74 minute one.