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Thursday, 26 August 2010

What A Weekend

Well every year i think i get a little bit more insane :-) not only did i decide to do the nottingham triathlon this year but i also decided to do the club relays the day before.... yes i know 2 triathlons but only one weekend... i dont know what i was thinking!
Well the truth is i thought the relays would be an easier warm up, as you get a break inbetween each discipline whilst you wait for your team mates to complete their laps..... well the truth is this made it harder... not only did i get beaten up royally by fellow swimers (i have the bruises to prove it) and attacked by monster weeds in the open water swim (i started first amongst over 200 people) but because i was the first swim, bike and run in our team, i had an hour and a half wait inbetween my bike and my run.... the cooling down after the bike and then trying to get yourself up and sorted again over an hour later to run was not just mentally challenging but physically exhausting too. however i did it, and over all in my team came first in the swim, second in the bike and last in the run (i never proffess to be a great runner... however although slower in the run then the rest of my team it was a PB for me... ) and over all due to my fast swim and bike our times were pretty similar... this was a great confidence boost for me as one of the girls in my team won the lincoln tri just a few weeks before... and guess what i beat her in the swim and the bike...only by a few seconds mind and i think she was holding back for the nottingham tri the next day but hey ho it still felt pretty good.

god im rambling again... appologies where was i?

oh yeah... well as much as i enjoyed the club relays (and well done to Louise in her first ever Triathlon) i was really more excited by the individuals the next day. Last year i just wanted to see if i could do it..... this year i wanted to beat my time.

so before i knew it i was back in the water sunday morning waiting for the start of the swim.... off we went on the starters horn.... i was fairly relaxed this year... anaged to steer away from too many punches and generally keep chilled, however some lady kept grabbing my leg and the lake was full of weed i practically ran aground at one point... so my swim was a little slower than last year.... then out of the swim into T1  (where i faffed a little too long) and out onto the bike....
now last year on the bike despite a fast swim i was then over taken constantly due to a poor bike performance.... this year however things have changed... i am more confident and have stronger bike legs and i began to overtake others! i knocked over 20 minutes off last years bike time woohoo...
then it was out onto the run.... here was where the question "why am i doing this?" popped into my head.... due to my knee injury and general exhuastion i had to fight myself the whole way round just to keep running... but i did and my time was the same as last year on the run and i managed a sprint finish too.... woohoo, overall i knocked nearly half an hour of last years time.

i never thought i would say this... but now i dont want to just get round... i want to train for the medals, this year has proved how far i have come, my swim is strong, my bike has gotten stronger... and my run ... well it needs work but with a few minutes knocked off here and there i could do it.

i am no longer that over weight unfit girl.......I am now a triathlete

oh p.s i got the job at david lloyds and also a cover job at my gym, so im now a personal trainer at david lloyds and a spin instructor at my local gym :-)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Time for an Update me thinks

appologies all, i know it has been some time since i ranted on about things, however im sure you did not miss me too much.
so much has happened in the past few weeks.... i have officially become a fully qualified Personal Trainer, come back to my dreary job, had several interviews with David Lloyd Health club in nottingham (to which the final one is tuesday... and its looking good for my new life to start there), made home made jam (which i am utterly proud of and generally started making some positive changes to my own fitness and nutrition regime.
so where do i start.... well the Personal training bit is my most exciting news i guess, however i will miss the many fun times we had in london i am now raring to go with it and all being well David lloyd will be the place for me to do this. i still have a mountain to climb doing my normal full time job as well as part time PT at david lloyd but it will hopefully be an enjoyable and challenging moutain....and eventually will lead to me reducing my dreary hours behind an office desk and filling them with far more exciting times running round studios helping my clients find the fun in fitness!

changing my nutrition regime.... well would you  believe it i now have full fat milk (yes full fat read my previous blog to see why) in the fridge as well as unprocessed full fat orgainic butter, my cuboard is bursting to the seems wth organinc natural products, and i am carefully monitoring my sugar intake..... my house mate who has always been very pro organic is proud of me, although my pockets are a little emptier i feel satisfied knowing my body will reep the benefits... plus if you shop savvy you can still get good wholesome organic low processed food for less if you get the shops own brand rather than brand names :-) and the look of the food on my plate is highly satisfying, and lets face it butter just tastes far better than marge :-)

Jam making...... ooooooo i had fun here, my loacl parks are currently bursting to the seems with blackberrys and with a little help from my sister Mrs B a jam recipe was gained and the jam challenge set :-)

now in this process i learnt a few things....
1. firstly do not go blackberry picking in shorts and flip flops injuries will occur
2. always watch out for bees.... it is not wise to pick them,,,,, you are infact after blackberries after all
3. never leave blackberry jam unattended...... unless you want your kitchen to look like someone was murdered bruttaly in it.
4. if removing seeds from jam do this speedily time is of the essence before the jam sets
5. only ever keep one pot for you and give the rest to friends they will throughly enjoy this.

Fitness regime creation..... well this is still a work in progress and will be for a while as i have 2 triathlons and a half marathon coming up running steadily and building my miles without knee issues is currently my main aim... but to be honest getting out on my bike or running round the lake is still just a joy, with my ipod on and my new iphone tracking my progress with runkeeper im steadily getting there :-)

so there you go a wordy and waffly update..... i will try to ensure i do more

i cannot quite believe all the hard work is finally paying off and i am now in a position to truely share this with others..... if i help but a few my job here will be done.

xx Mairi