Alice Beese now fully qualified holistic massage therapist working from BS9 in Bristol.Read More
Quick 50 mile spin with my brother to Tintern Abbey and back. Made good time and got back with 1 minute to spare before dashing off to pull pints in the pub all night. Not bad considering I didn't get back til 3am from a #girlsnightout!
When you have a friend join you all the way from the states it's only right that you make your way out of London and into a national park. This was a beautiful weekend - we ran 20 miles up and down the mountains around Derwent Water, I swam 3 miles and Brit SUPd stopping for a picnic on an island half way, and we did yoga, meditations and wondered around Kewick - a town with more outdoor shops than you can shake a stick at, picking up supplies for our endurance races later this summer.
November 29th 2015. My first Ironman. Completed with my husband Ross who was my training partner and coach for four months. Back in July I said, let's go for it and do the last Ironman of the year in Cozumel, Mexico. Which was inspired by Isra Garcia. We had a crazy few months fitting in training around full time work. We lived in a caravan and didn't have much of a social life but loved the variety of training - swimming, cycling and running obviously, and then cross fit for core strength and hot yoga for deep stretching made for an enjoyable training period.
Two weeks before the race my knee started playing up with what a physio later diagnosed as a ITB injury from lack of stretching. It was agony to run more than 6 miles so about 10 days before the race I was advised to run no more, and foam roller the shit out of it along with some specific stretches which I did to loosen up my quads. It all panned out okay in the end and I finished the race.
The biggest take away was the realization that if you apply yourself fully to something for four months (even along side a full time job) then you can still achieve so much in such a short space of time. One of my next big challenges is learn the saxophone.
We have had the month of December off training and have been really just chilling out, I also started a new job at Finisterre redesigning their customer services, we also moved out of the house for a couple of weeks and stayed at a friends in Falmouth which was fun. We both went home for Wales and are just half way through the long New Years weekend planning what's next for 2015.
Exercise is back on the agenda after a month of rest. But it'll be a funner version of exercise - we're going to start dancing lessons, Octopush, Cross Fit and Hot Yoga.
Happy New Year everyone!
We have been following a format a little bit like this (sometimes more // sometimes less)
Day 1 - 90 minute Bike + 60 minutes Cross fit
Day 2 - 45 minute Swim + 60 minute Run
Day 3 - Rest day
Day 4 - 60 minutes Hot Yoga
Day 5 - 60 minutes Cross Fit
Day 6* - 5 hour bike (70 + miles)
Day 7* - 1 hour swim, 2 hour run
* these started off much smaller distances and have been building over the last few months.
We started training on July 19th with four months before the race. It feels like plenty of time. We feel like we've certainly been getting stronger. If we had had more time we mightn't have taken the training as seriously.
I've not been really taking it that seriously to be honest with regards to making the goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. I just sort of go out, try hard and try harder, faster or longer distances the next time. If I'd had a personal trainer keeping an eye on me I would imagine my training would have been worlds apart with specific things to work on in each session.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Chrissy Wellington's book A Life Without Limits. Totally awesome read for anyone and everyone. In it she talks about the training sessions being slow & steady (for distance training), race pace (faster but not total burn out) and faster than race pace (all out short, sharp training sessions).
Given that you are on your own during the race with no music it is helpful to have a wild imagination and a memory bank full of ideas to help you keep going. Families, friends, places and faces, music, smells and sights you've seen.
I'm looking forward to seeing how all of this training comes together on race day. November 29th. Less than 40 days from now.