Friday, December 30, 2005

Mr CJ has left the building....

Mr CJ has left me.........well, for 10 days anyway. He's gone to Perth to spend some quality time with his sister. We had a little drama at the airport tonight - Mr CJ is very laidback and casual about schedules, timetables, etc and said we had plenty of time to get to the airport. So, who was the one who missed the bag cutoff tonight?! Hmmm, I wonder. This meant he had to cram clothes from his (brand new) suitcase in his backpack and into a gift bag containing presents for his sister. Fortunately the toiletry bag (that came with his brand new suitcase) could be unattached from the case and taken separately. Meanwhile there are final boarding calls......he gets his boarding pass and heads through security only to be stopped because as usual it beeps when he goes through. Off come the shoes, go through again, final boarding call again, gets called over for a some sort of residue scan, someone is getting very frustrated.....!!! My parting view of Mr CJ was of him heading up the escalator clutching 3 bags and a pair of shoes, shaking his head as he goes!!!! Gee, I wonder who learnt a valuable lesson about turning up at the airport on time!!!!

Marathon training update:
Week 4 of 18
Easy week

Session - easy 10km followed by 6 x 100m strides (90sec RI)
Distance - 10km + strides
Time taken - 52.51min for 10km
Av pace - 5.16min/km
AHR - 148
Calories - 633

Times for 100 strides:

Good run - nothing to report apart from feeling a bit stiff in the legs from the gym session the day before. The 100m strides went well considering I had just run 10km, well you couldn't say I hadn't warmed up!!!

Wednesday afternoon
Session - Gym followed by swim

After getting a quick tour of the gym and sporting my lime green towel (the gym is called Club Lime) I headed off to one of the many exercise bikes for a warmup. I'm not usually one for stationary equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills but I thought I'd give it a try - okay for 6mins!!!! Then I did a lower body weights/stability session that my physio would be proud of:
* One legged squats
* Stationary lunges
* One legged raises on swiss ball (bridging)
* Swiss ball hamstring curls
I followed this up with the killer abs session which I have to confess I had neglected for about a month, and did I feel it! It was hard work.

Then it was off for a swim to cool down and loosen up my legs. It was fairly quiet in the pool although about 4 lanes had been cordoned off for kids and a floating castle thingummy.
Pool session:
* 500m freestyle
* 400m kick with fins
* 100m freestyle with fins

Wednesday morning

Session - Easy 8km run
Distance - 8km
Time taken - 43.24min
Av pace - 5.25min/km
AHR - 144
Calories - 447

I could get very used to easy weeks! Its a bit like tapering in a way.

Thursday afternoon Mr CJ and I ventured to Woden to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the cinema. It was also one way of getting out of the heat for a couple of hours! Temperatures lately have been around 33* - 35*C (91*-95*F) and this weekend they are forecasting 38*C (100*F) both days. Anyway back to the movie - armed with our choctops (mine was coffee, Mr CJ had vanilla) we ventured into the cinema only to be met with almost total darkness. As usual we were running late (!) and the movie had already started - we had to wait for our eyes to adjust, and for some light, to figure out where to sit. Considering the movie has been out for a couple of weeks, the cinema was still quite full. We eventually found seats up the back and managed to make our way up without tripping up the steps (my party trick) or treading on people's feet. I enjoyed the movie; Mr CJ was pretty much underwhelmed though he managed to sit through it without fidgeting and grumbling (a sure sign that he's bored).

Wobbly - you asked what sort of music I was downloading. I have very eclectic tastes and for running I prefer songs with a good beat. Anyway, for an example, some of the songs I downloaded the other day include:
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop
Lets get it started - Black Eyed Peas
Do you want to - Franz Ferdinand
Just want you to know - Backstreet Boys
On my way - Spiderbait
Pretty Vegas - INXS
Get the party started - Pink

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Easy 10km run

I'm currently downloading music and since we use dialup its taking forever - so I thought I'd update my blog while I'm waiting.

Rest days over, it was time to get back into marathon training...and not of the eating kind. I decided to run early in the morning before it got too hot, as it was forecast to be about 30*C today. Also Strewth was dropping her ipod into me before she left for Sydney - a very brave woman, she is entrusting me with compiling a playlist for her!!! Then there was the shopping - I was taking son#3 shopping so he could exchange a t-short that he received for Christmas. Somehow he also managed to get 2 more t-shirts, 1 shirt, 2 pairs of boardies, a pair of sunnies and a book as well!!!!

Marathon training update:
Week 4 of 18 (easy week)

Session - easy run
Distance -10km
Time taken - 53.30min
Av pace - 5.20min/km
AHR - 146; MHR - 161
Calories - 537

A very pleasant run - obviously 10km runs agree with me at the moment - long enough so I feel I've got a workout, short enough so that I don't crash and burn in glorious CJ style!! The glute was niggly and the back a little stiff but nothing out of the ordinary, and probably better than it has been for a while.

I am thinking of buying a pair of racing flats for the marathon, so obviously they have to have a little bit of support, but not as much as the Asics GT 2100s I run in at the moment. Any suggestions?

Now its back to the downloading.......

Monday, December 26, 2005

Boxing Day swim

For the benefit of Wobbly Man, here's a photo of Mia and our Christmas tree. Actually, there's a funny story about Mia and the Christmas tree - the other night she was being silly and spinning around on her platform (what she is sitting on) and spun around so fast that she spun off and into the tree. Being the little stress ball that she is, she totally freaked out and took off with tinsel and baubles attached. Took her several hours to recover and she gave the tree a wide berth for a while!!!!

Suffering from post-Christmas bloat (self inflicted as a result of eating fruit mince pies, chocolates, various salads, crisps, dried fruit and nuts, rum balls, licorice allsorts, Christmas pudding icecream..........I decided that I needed to do something active today. It was another rest day from running, and cycling did not appeal so swimming was the preferred option. I had won a 1 month gym membership in a fun run a month or so ago and had to start it before 31 December, so today was the day.

Session - easy swim: 300m wu; 100m kick; 200m pullbuoy; 100m kick; 6 x 100m on 2.10min
Distance - 1.3km
Time taken - approx 30min

A comfortable swim with only one other person in my lane so wasn't troubled by anyone trying to swim over or into me. As usual, my kicking, without fins, was pretty abysmal, but breathing to alternate sides while swimming freestyle was ok. No bulging biceps, taut triceps, lean lats, or awesome abs to keep me in the pool any longer than I needed to today, so after about half an hour decided I had done enough and got out.

Tomorrow I hope to check out the gym and go for another swim. My marathon program also tells me I have an easy 10km run as well.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day. I received some great presents, ate far too much and watched DVDs all afternoon. Bliss!!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

A 'Bah Humbug' long run

Marathon Training update - week 3 of 18 weeks

Session - long run

The temperature when I started this morning at 6am was 29*C (84*F) and stayed that way for the entire miserable run. I had set Garmin Girl virtual training partner mode on for 5.30min kms and for the first couple of kilometres I was behind. However I gradually caught up and overtook Garmin Girl and by about 10km was about 500m ahead. However I was feeling very ordinary - this should have set off warning bells but didn't...

Anyway by about 15km little hills were beginning to feel like mountains, the sun was blazing down from a cloudless sky, and I was starting to feel cold - bizarre. I had goosebumps but I was also hot and sweaty. This was about when the walk a bit, run a bit strategy kicked in.

At 18km I switched off the virtual partner mode - I didn't need to see how quickly the gap was closing between me and Garmin Girl. This was not helping my rapidly flagging sense of humour. My ipod was also taunting me by playing such songs as DOA by the Foo Fighters, I Feel Good by James Brown and We Are The Champions by Queen (I was feeling anything but, at this stage).

20km and I had run out of water. The original plan was to run 24km but that was not going to happen today. I walked, shuffled my way home and the stats tell the sad story.

Distance - 22.8km
Time taken - 2hr 12.06min
Av pace - 5.46min/km
AHR - 162; MHR - 189
Calories - 1,283

Have a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The mercury is rising....

Today it was 33*F (91*F) - tomorrow it will be 35*C (95*F) and windy. Hanging out in the mall all day is looking mighty good. The nights are also getting warmer, I think it was about 18*C (64*F) overnight. So what did I do today? Well I finished off some homemade chocolates from a friend, had lemon gelato for lunch and finally finished off the chrissie present shopping (and wrapped them too). Oh, and I ran.....

Distance - 9.1km
Time taken - 48.52min
Av pace - 5.19min/km
AHR - 147; MHR - 173
Calories - 514
Session - inc 3 x [30sec fast with 1min RI; 60sec fast with 1 min RI]

Times for intervals:
30sec fast - 5.06/4.40/4.17min/km (not very consistent)
1min fast - 4.37/4.32/4.10min/km

This is my 4th day of running in a row and despite some grumbles from the R glute, it really wasn't that bad. But I'm not running tomorrow - I will swim instead. I think it would be pushing the friendship too far by running 5 days straight.

Oh, and yesterday we signed the building contract. Its official - we are in debt and the renovations/extensions start in February!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I love watermelon......

..and summer, and warm days, and summer clothes, and holidays. I don't like running in the middle of the day, but first thing in the morning in summer is the best time to run. I haven't been swimming or cycling but have been shopping and doing breakfast and lunches with friends this week.

Had a close encounter with a sporting star this morning when Mr CJ and I were in a bike shop selecting a pair of sunnies for me (my Christmas present). The shop is owned by Dean Rogers (who served me) and who should also be in the shop but his brother, Michael Rodgers. Yes, THE Michael Rodgers - world time trial champion, Tour de France competitor - he has a mean set of quads and calves!!!

Anyway, I digress....back to my running exploits.

Week 3 of 18 - marathon training

Workout - easy run
Distance - 12km
Time taken - 1hr 5.24min
Av pace - 5.26min/km
AHR - 145
Calories - 693

The glute was letting me know loud and clear that it really didn't agree with running this morning, even at easy pace. But in true CJ fashion, I ignored it and plodded on, in the vain hope that if I ignored it, the niggle would go away. I know, there are gaping holes in my logic.

Reading other blogs tonight I feel like I'm plodding on and everyone else is just getting faster and better. Silly, I know; logical, its not. The Christmas silly season is getting to me and I'm consuming far too much chocolate. At this rate, come New Year it will be lard-arse CJ waddling on!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Earth to CJ..........

Sleep, eat, work, sleep, eat, sleep....get the picture!!! That's been my week, punctuated by the occasional run and swim. I'm still tire easily but my running is improving, and on Saturday night I managed 2 champagnes and 4 Banana Daiquiris at friends' Xmas party, without falling over or falling asleep!!! I'm now officially on holidays for a month. Yay!!

Thanks for all your kind words - I am taking my iron pills (with orange juice TA!) and having lots of rest, and while I'm not exactly bursting out of my skin just yet, I am getting there.

Marathon training update (warning - this will be boring)

Thursday 15/12/05
Distance - 10.15km
Time taken - 56.04min
Av pace - 5.32min/km
Calories - 580

Saturday 17/12/05
Distance - 22km
Time taken - 1hr 57.06min
Av pace - 5.19min/km
AHR - 163; MHR - 217
Calories - 1,224

Week 3 of 18 (already!)
Monday 19/12/05
Distance - 8km
Time taken - 43.29min
Av pace - 5.26min/km
AHR - 141; MHR - 164
Calories - 462

Today - Tuesday 20/12/05
Distance - 12km, running the last 4km strongly
Time taken - 1hr 4.08min
Av pace - 5.21min/km - the last 4km was run at an average pace of 4.52min/km
AHR - 147; MHR - 172
Calories - 696

R glute felt a little sore about halfway into the run, about the time the ache in my L ankle disappeared! Gorgeous morning for running - cool but sunny blue sky. Wasn't struggling with the last 4km like last week when I was having problems maintaining 5min/km pace. Its all good! Needed a nana nap this afternoon.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

A kilometre too far...

Tried running 10km yesterday afternoon.....

Stats: (warning - these are really sad!)
Distance - 1km (1.6mi)
Time - 5.44min/km

By the time I had run a kilometre I knew that I couldn't go any further or any faster - I was tired, breathless and felt really really tired. So I stopped, turned around and walked home. Had something to eat and then fell asleep on the couch at 7pm, woke up at 9pm and went to bed where I promptly fell asleep again until 6am this morning.

So what's the problem? I had blood tests on Monday because I had been suffering a range of annoying symptoms over the last couple of months that were gradually becoming worse, including:

Tiring easily
Frequent headaches
Racing heart or palpitations
Becoming irritated easily
Concentration difficulties
Cracked or reddened tongue
Loss of appetite
Slow recovery after long or hard runs

The diagnosis.......iron deficiency anaemia. The blood tests confirmed it so now I feel relieved...tired, but relieved! Relieved because a) its not all in my mind and b) its easily fixed. I'm now on iron supplements and hopefully should pick up over the next couple of months. However, in the meantime I can't believe how tired I am, or how quickly I get fatigued. Its starting to show up in my running now, but I noticed it with my swimming a couple of weeks ago - I was getting breathless very quickly even though I wasn't swimming fast. The annoying thing is I have actually been careful with my diet this year (I'm vegetarian) and have been eating properly, compared to other years when my diet has been a complete disaster-zone!

So my list of woes is growing:
glute/lower back problems
tendonitis - ankle

Monday, December 12, 2005

Official tri results, long run and Canberra Half Ironman

l-r Strewth, CJ, Kezza (photo courtesy of Strewth)

Official results - Saturday's mini tri
Time - 34.45min
Splits - 7.19min swim/ 19.02min cycle/ 8.24min run
Place - 24th overall (of 190 competitors); 1st in age group (of 12 competitors)

Marathon training update:
Week 1 of 18
Day 7 - long run

Distance - 20km (12.43miles)
Time taken - 1hr 48.25min
Av pace - 5.25min/km
AHR - 150; MHR - 205
Calories - 1,114
Weather - warm, about 22*C (71.6*F)

I had it easy compared to the 800 or so competitors who were competing in the half Ironman - I was only doing a 20km run, they were swimming 1.9km, cycling 90km and running a half marathon. After watching Miners finish his swim leg and head off on his bike (he is the most laidback person I've ever encountered before the start of a triathlon event!), Strewth and I started our long run, planning on finishing before Miners got back from the bike leg.

I ran with Strewth until we had crossed Kings Avenue bridge, just to be sure that Strewth knew where she was going as we would soon be running separately. Had my trusty ipod for company and headed off around Lake Burley Griffin to the beat of Rogue Traders, Scissor Sisters, and the like. Glute and ankle aches and pains were noticeable and at one stage I was contemplating slowing to a walk because the ankle was giving me a lot of grief. However the ankle ache did settle down and I plodded along, drinking regularly and consuming 2 packets of GU at the 8km (4.97mi) and 17km (10.56mi) marks respectively.

About 4km from the end of my run the first Half Ironman competitor came running down 'Hospital Hill' - way way ahead of the next competitor. This was Leon Griffin who finished in 4hr 9min, 10min ahead of the guy who came second. I was to encounter him again near the end of my run (one way to get a bird's eye view of the event!) I had a good run - 100% better than the long run I did last Sunday.

After finishing the long run Strewth and I resumed cheering duties and kept an eye out for Miners - who managed to sneak in from the bike leg and head out on the run before we realised. However, it wasn't long before Miners appeared in view, looking strong on the run leg. managed to get a photo and cheer - I have to say its hard work cheering and trying to take photos! Aki joined us at this point and proved to be a vocal cheer squad supporter! We also managed to see Ironbee out on the run course - well, it was easy spotting the guy with antennas on his cap! The morning was starting to warm up - it was going to be a long hot morning for some competitors out on the course, particularly on those parts of the run course where there was absolutely no shade whatsoever.

PRB, Speedygeoff and Geoff B joined us at some stage - after Miners had finished I think. We also managed to cheer in our ex-coach Vicki who was smiling and looking pretty damn fresh for someone who had just completed a half ironman! We also met Highwayman and a couple of others whose names escape me. Miners finished in 5hr 6min but I'll let him tell his story - after all, it was his day! And from what I hear, he's qualified for Ironman 2006! Woohoo!

...and its got me thinking....hmmmmm, maybe I could do another half ironman next year....and then Ironman 2007! I really shouldn't watch these events - its not healthy!!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Tri-ing to have fun

Saturday pm - Mini triathlon

Distances - 300m swim/8km cycle/2km run
Total time taken - 34.30min (provisional)
Swim - 7.15min
Cycle - 18.53min
Run - 8.31min
Weather - windy, warm, probably about 22*C (71*F)

There were lots of people doing the mini tri Saturday afternoon. Some of the triathlon clubs had been running 6week novice training courses culminating in competing in this triathlon, so there were lots of tri newbies. Meanwhile, just down the road a bit the 'real' triathletes were registering for the Half Ironman event being held Sunday.

It had been very breezy all day and the wind didn't look to be abating at all before the event started at 3pm. The lake was looking quite choppy although where the mini tri was being held was quite sheltered compared to other parts of the lake. I was in the 6th wave (of 6) in the short course so had to wait around waiting for the other waves to start - Strewth was in the third wave. Eventually our wave was off and there was the usual vying for space in the first 50m of swimming, which I spend trying to avoid arms, legs, bodies, etc. The choppy water didn't become noticeable until I had swum around the buoy and was heading back to shore.

It was quite a run to the transition area, over gravel and grass - my poor feet are not used to the hard surfaces! I had racked my bike near a tree which was handy as a marker - its easy to lose your bike among all the other bikes (as Strewth could tell you!). The wind was very noticeable when on the bike - I could feel my bike being pushed from side to side - I need to be heavier! It was a strange sensation to be passing so many people on the bike leg but being in the last wave I guess it was to be expected. Its just that usually people are passing me!

Back into transition and then off with the helmet, change into runners, CR cap on and I was off again for a 2km run. Surprisingly I got into my stride fairly quickly today and felt comfortable for all of the run, again passing lots of people. It was a surprise when I had gone around the turnaround and was heading back to the finish, to see Strewth heading out to the turnaround, because I couldn't recall passing her on the bike leg. Apparently we were in transition at the same time after the bike leg but Strewth had had some problems and took a bit longer before heading out on the run.

Finally I was finished - it had been a very comfortable event - good for cross-training. Our friend Kezza from Alice Springs was there to watch - it was so good to spend some time with her.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Pain in the butt...

...literally and figuratively speaking.

Physio update #2
Glute pain - no better
Ankle - niggle getting worse
Mood - cranky, shitty, miserable

Still very tight and tender around L3 area of spine - continue with back extension exercises. R glute/piriformis is very tender - continue with stretches, tennis ball massage, neural stretch.
L ankle - some tendonitis so I have to massage around inner ankle throughout the day and apply anti-inflammatory gel. If not improved in a couple of weeks, then consider a cortisone injection.
Next appointment - next Friday

Friday morning - swim

Session - 300m wu; 200m pullbouy; 200m kick (sans fins); 3 x 100m (30sec RI)
Total distance - 1km

Started swimming and breathing to alternate sides but by the second 50m I knew that today was not going to be a good day for breathing to alternate sides. So I reverted to my usual swim style of breathing only to my left side every second stroke.
100m times: 1.52min/1.59min/1.56min

Week 1 of 18
Day 4 - Thursday
Session - 10km inc fartlek

Workout - 10.3km; 54.36min; 555cals inc:

Warm up - 3.15km; 17.01min
Av pace - 5.24min/km
AHR - 141; MHR - 165

Fartlek session - 2.2km inc 4 x 45sec efforts (2min RI)(11min)
Av min/km pace for 45sec efforts - 4.45min;4.40min;4.23min;4.25min
AHR - 152; MHR - 165

Cool down - 5km; 26.35min
Av pace - 5.18min/km
AHR - 154; MHR - 166

R glute was complaining as per usual, particularly as I had run the day before. Not only does it complain about hills, now it also complains about running consecutive days. It is becoming one very fussy and finicky glute.

It was a perfect morning for running - no wind, cool without being cold and blue skies. Every now and then there would be a flash of red, blue and green as parrots flashed past, and the occasional squawk from a sulphur crested cockatoo.

Thursday evening - yoga

It was not a good night for me - my balance deserted me, my glute and hamstring were sore, and I was tired. I almost fell asleep during the relaxation period at the start of the class - lying on my back with my legs up the wall (Viparita Karani). Then our instructor thought it would be a good night to try some balance poses - the type where you balance on one leg, with one hand on the ground and the other leg up in the air. If you found that hard to follow try doing it! I wobbled one way, then the other, then fell over a couple of times and finally gave up. We also attempted handstands again - several versions, but I couldn't do any of them. It was such a frustrating class.

Tomorrow (Saturday):
(am) Sleep in
(3 pm) mini triathlon - 300m swim; 8km cycle; 3km run

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Crrrruissseeey 10km run

Marathon Training update:
Week 1 of 18
Day 3 - Easy run

The program called for a 10km easy run. 'Easy' meaning running at a comfortable pace, somewhere between 5min and 5.30min/km - I chose the latter.

Distance - 10km (about 6.2mile)
Time - 54.54min
Av pace - 5.29min/km
AHR - 150; MHR - 168
Calories - 566

After the usual first 10mins when even 6min/km seems like race pace, I settled into a very comfortable rhythm and in fact, was surprised that the gap between me and Garmin Girl was growing (with me leading) because the pace felt quite slow. The R glute was a little touchy to begin with but once I'd warmed up it wasn't bad, unless I was running uphill - it complains bitterly about hills at the moment. The L ankle however began aching about halfway through the run. I'm beginning to sound like an old crock!

For the run home I encountered a headwind - always fun, though I did appreciate the coolish breeze as it was quite warm (about 25*c/77*F). Once I'd finished the run it was a matter of stretch, stretch and more stretching.

(am) Run - 10km fartlek
(pm) Yoga


"And what can I do for you today?"
"Well I have tight calves, sore glute, piriformis problems, tightness in the lower back, L ankle is a bit stiff..."
My marvellous massage therapist certainly earns her money when I come through the door, once a month!

Deep tissue massage is a wonderful thing - painful, but oh, what a good pain. No wimpy, wussy, namby pamby relaxation massage for me - its prod, poke, stick the elbow in, knead and generally pummel me into shape.

However, instead of running 12km after work, as part of my marathon training program, I dozed off on the sofa! So, second day into my training program and still no running - good program!

Tuesday morning - cycle

Session - road cycling inc 6 x 30sec efforts thrown in at random
Time - 50min
Distance - 20.43km
Av spd - 24.4kph; Max spd - 42.3kph
AHR - 129; MHR - 159
Calories - 433

Frustrating session - my average speed is slow and just never seems to improve. This week I hate my bike. End of story.....

Marathon training update:
Week 1 of 18
Mon - no running
Tues - no running

Monday, December 05, 2005

Dumb things #2

Decided to give swim squad another go tonight - the ear was ok and I felt fine. Hmmm...

Session - Swim squad
Distance - 1.8km

Started off fine (this is starting to sound all too familiar!) though even in the warm-up (800m) I was having trouble breathing to both sides without taking on water or running out of breath. Breastroke defeated me - that would have to be the most stupidest swimming stroke ever invented (because I can't do it to save myself).

The main set included sets of reps of 100m efforts with 20sec rest intervals. I could do 2 reps but not the third - that's ok, two reps will do. By the time I got to the 300m 'cruise' swim I was exhausted and decided to call it a night.
Got home and really couldn't be bothered cooking so finished off the last slice of chocolate mousse cake! Very nutritious!

Today is also the start of my marathon training - its a rest day! Good way to start.

(am) cycle
(pm) run

It's a fine line.......

......between pleasure and pain
You've done it once you can do it again
Whatever you done don't try to explain
It's a fine, fine line between pleasure and pain" (Divinyls)
*This was how I felt on my long run - not pretty at times*

Felt recovered sufficiently to attempt a long slow run yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. Decided to run a slightly different way down to the lake, via Melba cycle path, to the peninsular and then return home the usual way along Florey cycle path. It was about 5pm when I started and it was quite warm and sunny - something we haven't had too much of recently. In fact Canberra experienced a severe thunderstorm Friday afternoon which caused $$$$m of damage and one death.

Session - longish run
Distance - 16km (10 mile)
Time taken - 1hr 25.54min
Av pace - 5.22min/km
AHR - 162
Calories - 882
Weather - blue skies, windy, warm

The run started well - felt fresh in the legs even though the troublesome R glute was complaining, but nothing out of the ordinary. The first part of the run was new to me so that kept me interested initially. Fortunately I had the sense to take a small drink bottle full of water with me as I found I was getting very thirsty.

Down to the lake and I was starting to struggle. My glute hurt, my legs were tired, hell I was tired. At the 10km mark I succumbed to these feelings and walked for a short while, drinking from my water bottle. Then I set off again, trying to maintain a slow but steady pace and just listening to music on the ipod - I swear I'd be lost if I didn't have that wonderful little gadget sometimes!

I started to pick up closer to home and managed to get home with my average pace somehow not creeping up beyond 5.30min/km - god knows how!

Post-mortem of run: Why did I feel so crap? I didn't think I went out too fast. My average pace per km, while quicker for the first 10km than the last 6km, was still not that quick - about 5.10min/km. Maybe I didn't hydrate sufficiently yesterday before the run - drank lots of coffees but not a lot of water *smack on wrist.* Oh, and I had had an ear infection...mmmm, that probably had something to do with the crash and burn tactics as well! Guess I'll never learn! ;-) Maybe the title of this blog should've been Dumb Things (Paul Kelly)!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Run for cake

I haven't been completely slacking off this week (I have an ear infection and so am taking things a little easier).

In order to enjoy the Chocolate Mousse cake (which by the way, was absolutely delicious - imagine layers of chocolate mousse sandwiched between layers of chocolate cake) we had on Wednesday night for our youngest son's 21st birthday, I decided to re-run one of my old routes - one that used to do about 7 years ago when I first started running. Now that I had Garmin Girl I could see how long it actually is - I used to think it was sooo long!!!

Session - run (sole purpose was so that I could eat cake guilt-free!)
Distance - 7.8km (To think I used to think this was such a long run!)
Time taken - 41.21min
Av pace - 5.16min/km
AHR - 152
Calories - 417 (yep, that should cover cake consumption!)
Fave song to run with - Filthy (Gorgeous) - Scissor Sisters

A good run. It was interesting running this course again after so many years, and to see what has changed. The route runs along a creek in Latham - there used to be weeping willows and some other sort of deciduous tree growing along the banks of the creek. These have mostly been removed because they are considered pests ie introduced species. Apparently native species of trees will be planted - it does look very bare at the moment. The creek was flowing well due to the rain we have had recently. It had been a very cool morning but by the afternoon was quite warm - probably the first glimpse of sunshine we had seen for a few days.

Thursday morning - cycle
Distance - 21.9km
Time taken - 52.55min
Av spd - 24.9kph; max spd - 42.5kph
AHR - 139; MHR - 163
Calories - 461

And the physio's verdict is....... well as very very tight calves (no surprises there), I'm inflexible around L3 in spine, and there is some nerve involvement on R side which impacts on R glute and hamstring.

And the treatment includes:
*Calf stretches - bent knee and straight knee versions - 1-2mins at a time
*Half push ups (or for those who do yoga - cobra pose) - focusing on the mid lumbar spine - sets of 10 to a total of 100 per day
*Standing backbends - same as above
*Deep piriformis massage with tennis ball - 5mins on most tender spots
*Neural slides - alternate lift/lower head and pull/release foot x 60secs

I have another appointment in a week's time and I promised faithfully, hand on heart, that I would do these exercises at least 3 times a day. Now to figure out when to fit them in with the rest of my life! However, I start marathon training very soon (ie next week) so I need to get this problem sorted out now.

Oh, and I don't have to stop running - I do like this physio!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

WAG tri - official results

Official results for the Women's and Girls' triathlon, held last Sunday, are out.

Place - 7th (of 132 competitors); 1st (of 26 in age group)
Official time - 58.27min

Swim - 8.14min (2nd in age group; 17th overall)
Cycle - 31.26min (2nd in age group; 19th overall) *cycle leg also includes transition times
Run - 18.47min (1st in age group; 3rd overall)

It was interesting to note that my bike computer said around 28min for the bike leg - that means I spent over 3 mins stuffing around in transition after the swim and cycle legs.

Anyway I'm very happy with the results :-)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Keep it short and simple was the motto for today's swim. Practised breathing to both sides - I'm fine for 50m but the second 50m I find I am still feeling a little breathless and my legs feel like they are not getting enough oxygen. What am I doing wrong? Form, good; breathing, not so good. I have to confess that in the tri on Sunday I only breathed to my left side while swimming.

Session - swim

Workout - 300m wu; 2 x (100m pull buoy; 100m kick sans fins); 3 x 100m (30sec RI); 100m pull buoy; 100m kick sans fins; 300m fs.
Total distance - 1.5km

Physio update - rang this morning to make an appointment for next week and discovered I could get in Friday morning to see Craig. Yay! So hopefully he can resolve the glute problem.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

5km torture

Winter has returned to Canberra with a vengeance - I've had to pull out some of my winter clothes to wear the last couple of days. It has been cold, windy, wet and generally miserable. Bring on Summer, I say.

I decided against running North Lyneham this afternoon because I thought it would be wet and muddy and slippery. Instead the options I came up with included either running the last 5km race in the ACT Cross Country Spring series or not doing anything. As yesterday was a day of good intentions but nothing else (ie I had wimped out of going to the gym and to the evening Bilby's swim session) I decided that I would run the 5km race. It was looking very cold and bleak outside; if the weather deteriorated between leaving work and driving to the lake then I would just continue on home. However, it didn't look so bad the closer i got to the lake so the run was on.

Session - Run

Event - Regatta Point ACT Cross Country Spring series - last race
Distance - 5km
Time - 23.15min
Place - 77
Av pace - 4.30min/km
AHR - 170 (it certainly felt it too!); MHR - 213

Went for a short warm up run before we were called to the start. There was quite a few people there and there were a couple of familiar faces - PRB and Geoff (who had won the Vet's run at Weston Park on Sunday). Listened with interest to PRB's Slow Six Foot Track experience last Sunday.

Tried not to go out too fast but its all relative isn't it - what might not have been fast for the person ahead of me was certainly testing my limits! Again I consciously tried relaxing because I find I tense up a lot when running fast which must use up valuable energy. As per usual, everyone took off like bats out of hell and I followed in hot pursuit - well 'hot', in that suddenly the weather seemed very humid and the sun made a brief appearance.

After the turnaround, it was a little easier on the return trip back to the start. Passed a few more people as well as PRB close to the finish - I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to catch him. He has a very deceptive stride - he doesn't look like he's going very fast until you are trying to run him down - must be those long legs! Finally I crossed the finish line - feeling very hot, bothered and sweaty and wondering why on earth I thought doing this race was a good idea.

My R glute is still giving me lots of grief and so I am going to visit a physio next week - the physio I have in mind is a runner (a very good one, and he was at the race today so I've warned him I'm coming to visit) so at least he has an understanding of the problems runners encounter. I want the glute problem resolved before I start marathon training for the Canberra marathon next year.

(am) swim
(pm) run, maybe. It is Son #3's 21st birthday - we are going out to dinner on Friday but plan on having cake tomorrow.

Late Edit:
Nearly forgot.......
Session this morning - Cycle (WT)
Workout - 5min wu; 2min L4 (3min RI); 10 x 1.30 fast (1.30min RI)
Time taken - 40min
AHR - 145; MHR - 165

Too cold and miserable to head out on the road so on went the ipod and I pedalled away for 40mins before breakfast.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Cooking spray and rubber gear!

I bet you never thought that triathlons could be so interesting! Actually the cooking spray is used around my ankles - it helps get the wetsuit on and off easily!

Women's and Girls' Triathlon
Distances - 400m swim/14km cycle/4km run
Weather - grey, damp, 10.9*C, but no wind!
Provisional time - 58.24min
Provisional splits: (these are very approximate because I didn't press my watch at the official timing points)
8.31min - swim
30.34min - cycle
19.18min - run
Place - 1st in the 40-44 age group! Yay!

Woke up to very grey skies - I was convinced it would start raining again, and there were light showers at times. However, there was no wind, thunder or lightning - should be grateful for small mercies!

Was surprised, when we got to the event, at the number of women who had shown up despite the inclement weather. I would've thought quite a few would give it a miss because of the weather - obviously we are all stark raving mad. Strewth arrived about the same time as me but was stressing out about the weather and the swim (this is normal for Strewth).

Wasn't keen about taking off my t-shirt, jacket or spray jacket but figured it would probably be quite difficult swimming with all that gear on. The one thing I hate about triathlons is the amount of time you spend hanging around at the start waiting for your wave to start - I was in the second last wave.

Swim - I love my wetsuit! It was such an easy swim and I managed to get clear of the pack from the start. There was one woman ahead of me but everyone else was behind. I wasn't bothered by any other swimmer until I headed back to shore and had caught up with the slower swimmers from the previous wave. The water wasn't too cold and it was only very reedy near the shore. It also wasn't too murky which was surprising given all the rain we'd had in the last 24 hours.

Cycle - stuffed around in transition - I'm so out of practice. The wetsuit came off easily but it seemed to take forever to get my bike shoes on (I haven't managed the art of getting into my shoes when on the bike), as well as my helmet and number belt. I had no sunnies because they were broken - not that there was any sunshine to speak of. Passed lots of women on mountainbikes and old clunkers (its really good to see the range of women that get out to do this triathlon). Passed Jackie Fairweather, who was spectating, just before heading down to Adelaide Ave. I thought I'd be cold on my bike but it wasn't too bad, except for my feet - they were going numb, but that's normal for me. Before I knew it I was heading back into transition and changing into my runners, taking off my helmet and replacing it with my CR cap.

Run - I stood for what seemed like ages trying to figure out where the run chute was. Yes, I had walked the transition area before the start and checked out all the exits but in the actual event my brain does not function logically. Finally I followed someone else and for the first 100m I felt fine. However, once I was past the crowds and on the cycle path that oh-so-familiar post-bike dead-leg feeling started. I sooo wanted to stop but ignored this feeling and just slogged away up the hills trying to recall what I've been taught in yoga - don't fight the feeling, relax and go with it. So I settled my breathing, relaxed my stride and my shoulders, and damn if I didn't start feeling better. Passed more women on the run and began to feel really good - so much so I was smiling for the rest of the run.

Summary - it was great event. It never rained, the road surfaces weren't slippery, I enjoyed the swim and the fact that I was 2nd woman out in my swim wave (this is virtually unheard of for me), and I ran a comfortable race. As well as the usual fruit provided at the end of the event, there were also different varieties of fruit buns and date scones - yummo. I came first in my age group and Strewth came second in hers.

Late edit - had a huge bowl of Tim Tam icecream that night - it was worth the wait ;-)

CJ and Strewth - with our trophies. *Rae please note the BPRTT numbers we are wearing! We used the run leg as the First Inaugural BPRTT run!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

All that's missing is the wind

Woke to thunder and lightning and a very heavy downpour about 4am and its been like that all day. We've even had hail. The only thing missing is the wind.....oops, I let that thought out! Postponed the run this morning because of inclement weather and also because I got a text message from Strewth who was feeling blah and didn't want to run. That's okay - I decided to do a short sharp session on my bike on the windtrainer, just to get the fast twitch fibres firing for tomorrow (to be honest, I'm not sure I possess any fast twitch fibres). But before doing this, I lay around in bed for a while reading the paper and watching Rage on ABC TV. What's with this Scnappi character? - 2 songs in the Top 50 - oh pleeeeaaase!

Exercise- cycle on windtrainer

Session - 10min wu; 2 x 1.30min very fast cadence (1.30min rest); 5min cd.
Total time - 21min

It was very muggy, given all the rain we've had in the last 24 hours. Listened to an updated playlist on the ipod.

*Tesso - I can definitely recommend Lenny Kravitz - Are you going to go my way* Great song, great beat.

This afternoon I went down to register for tomorrow's triathlon - there was thunder and lightning and it was raining very heavily. This does not bode well for tomorrow. It was very soggy around the registration tent - there was a small river flowing through the middle of the tent making it awkward waiting to register and collect my race number - I got very soggy shoes. Any plans of going for a quick swim in the lake to test the wetsuit went right out the window - no way was I getting in that lake, not with lightning flashing across the sky.

Have just got out my gear for tomorrow:
race outfit - check
wetsuit - check
cooking spray - check
swim cap and goggles - check
number belt and race number - check
bike shoes - check
sunnies - amber (for low light conditions) and darker ones (for sunny conditions - being very optimistic) - check
bike helmet - check
runners - check
CR cap - check
bike/pump/tubes - check
drink bottle - check
towel - to put gear on in transition area - check
I'm still deciding whether to wear the garmin - not sure whether I should wear it in the swim leg.

Sometimes I think it would be a lot simpler to just stick to running!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Temptation in my freezer...

I finally succumbed and bought a container of Tim Tam icecream this evening. I thought I would treat myself after the Women's and Girls triathlon on Sunday. But, oh boy, I swear I can hear that container whispering to me. Just a little spoonful wouldn't hurt, surely. But I know myself far too well and one little spoonful would not be enough...before I knew it half the container would be gone! *did I really eat all that?....* Sunday is not that far away...I can wait...I have willpower...I am strong!

House update - we have chosen a kitchen and paid a deposit, so that is done. Now we have the bathroom to work on.

Friday morning - swim

Session - Drill Day, so a combination of drills, alternate side breathing (yes, I persevered!), kicking (sans fins) plus 4 x 100m (30sec RI)
Distance - 1.3km
Time - about 35mins but lots of stops after each 100m.

Times for 100m:
* 2.04min
* 1.54min
* 2.05min
* 1.54min

As a result of changing my upper body weights session yesterday I am feeling the effects today - yes, very stiff and sore. So swimming certainly helped. I persevered with breathing to alternate sides, and while I still was a little breathless near the end of each 100m, I knew my swimming form had vastly improved. Yay!!! Kicking still left a lot to be desired - I felt the burn in the first 50m and the second 50m is just plain hard work for minimal returns ie I don't get very far for the amount of energy put in.

I plan on swimming in Lake Burley Griffin tomorrow afternoon to become familiar with my wetsuit - its been well over a year since I've last worn it. So I'm hoping for half decent weather tomorrow *fingers crossed*. Its been wet and miserable and cold the last couple of days.

Thursday evening - yoga

We attempted headstands - the emphasis on 'attempted'. I could do a headstand with assistance from 2 other people to get my legs up in the air! I love shoulderstand but handstand and headstand, hmmm, not so sure yet. We also did a lot of upper body work, and since I had done a new upper body weights session at lunchtime, I found this a little difficult to say the least because I was beginning to feel the after effects of the weights session. However, all the leg/hip/glute stretching seems to have helped my sore R glute :-) I love my yoga.

Thursday lunchtime - gym

Session - upper body weights session plus killer abs workout.

I had been doing my upper body weights session for 6 weeks now so decided a change was in order. I have some impressive arm muscles now, but no, I'm not a female Arnie!!! The killer abs workout was the same as usual - a bloody hard challenging workout but I am slowly improving, and more importantly, gaining a lot more control and strength in the abdominal area.

(am) The Canberra Inaugural BPRTT 5k Turkey Trot Time Trial!
(pm) Registration for Women's and Girls Triathlon followed by wetsuit swim in lake

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Proud mama!

He'd die of embarrassment if he knew I was writing about him but hey, I'm allowed to, I'm his mum! Yesterday son #3 (who turns 21 next Wednesday) was accepted into an IBM traineeship that commences on 5 December this year, with 3 months summer school up at Surfers Paradise. After 3 years he will have a bachelor degree in IT, specialising in mainframe. He only found out about this 2 weeks ago at his graduation (he completed a diploma in software development) so it has all moved very quickly.

Edit - Ooops, nearly forgot - plans for the renovation/extension/practically new house have been approved. If we sign the contract before Xmas, work could start on the house aka 'the moneypit', in February next year.

Now back to boring mundane things like my pathetic attempts at any sort of training this week. Decided to skip the Tuesday afternoon run session at North Lyneham (and after reading Strewth's training Blog I'm so glad I did!). Also skipped the Wednesday evening Bilby's swim squad session.

Thursday morning - run

Distance - 6.93km
Time - 40.23min
Av pace - 5.50min/km
AHR - 144
Calories - 364

Downloaded some zippy songs onto my ipod last night to inspire me this morning - going by my average pace it doesn't appeared to have worked! And my R glute is sore, sore, sore - must get it checked out *groan* more dollars!
Current fave running songs:
Paris to Berlin - Infernal
Hung Up - Madonna
Have a Nice Day - Bon Jovi
DOA - Foo Fighters
Bitch - Meredith Brooks
Hey Mr DJ - Rihanna

Wednesday morning - cycle (on windtrainer)

Session - 10min wu; 3 x 1.30min L4 (1.30min RI); 5min cd
Time - 24min
AHR - 143; MHR - 161

Legs felt very tired but it was short session. Tried to maintain a cadence of at least 90 throughout.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wanted: some zing, vim, oomph, spark.......

Not only have I figuratively hit a brick wall, it has collapsed on top of me. Still feeling very very very tired and blah, so decided not to run this afternoon. That decision, according to my work colleagues, confirmed that I am definitely not feeling myself! Maybe I need to try Cirque's approach - overindulgence and slothfulness!

However CJ's usual approach to dealing with illness and general blahness is to battle on through, ignore the symptoms and it will go away. This is based on the premise that if run fast enough or exercise hard enough the germs won't catch me. Ok, so its not infallible. Anyway, yesterday I decided to do a 30min workout on the windtrainer in the afternoon and then went along to swim squad in the evening.

Monday afternoon session - cycle on windtrainer
Workout - 10min warm up; 5 x 1.30min L4 (I upped the resistance and pedalled as hard as I could)(1.30min rest interval); 5min cooldown.
Time - 30min
AHR - 145; MHR - 168

It was like being in a sauna - the windtrainer is outside, in the carport, and it was a warm afternoon. Hot, hard work but I felt vindicated once I'd finished.

Monday evening session - Bilby's swim squad
Workout - its a bit blurry but there seemed to be a lot of 50m fast bits in there.
Distance - about 2km
Time - about 1hour

I enjoyed the session because a) I was prepared, and b) I wasn't the slowest swimmer. All the really scarey fast swimmers must go to the Wednesday evening session. The drills were a bit of a struggle - I think Bolder's comment on Al's blog really sums it up: drills are a bit like organised drowning.

Also I was 'encouraged' to breathe to both sides when swimming freestyle. I have to confess that I am a one-side breather - I breathe to my left side on every 2nd stroke. I have tried in the past to breathe both sides but I run out of breath and am hypoxic when I get from one end of the pool to the other, and I tend to sink when I breathe to the right side. Anyway, with many misgivings I tried swimming and breathing to alternate sides and you know what, I was getting the hang of it. So it wasn't fast and I was still a bit out of breath by the end but I was swimming, not sinking. Yay! So now I have to diligently practice the alternate breathing.

Tuesday lunchtime session - Gym
Workout - lower body weights session plus killer abs workout

I thought that maybe if I went to the gym I would feel so much better. It was a huge struggle getting out of bed this morning but fortunately I had nothing planned exercise-wise until lunchtime. The gym was so-so - I tired easily on the reps and the killer abs were damn hard. But I would not be defeated! I slogged on and finished the session. The afternoon dragged on at work - the air conditioning in our building failed on a regular basis today so it was hot and stuffy, with no possibility of opening a window.

Anyway, come 4.30pm I knew I wouldn't be running,and after phoning Strewth to let her know, I headed home for a snooze on the couch. Fingers crossed, tomorrow will be a better day energy-wise.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Feeling flat

I thought having a rest day meant that the body recovered and you would be raring to go on your next workout. Hah! If that's the case, I've been gypped because I feel blah and very flat. Saturday was my rest day and yesterday I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning - so the idea of a cycle went out the window. I finally managed to get out the door late afternoon for a run but it took quite a while to get into it - 20mins to be precise.

Session - 20min easy run with 2 x 5min faster bursts (5min RI), followed by 24.50min easy running.
Distance - 11.4km
Time - 59.50min
Av pace - 5.15min/km (the 2 x 5min were 4.57min/km and 4.27min/km respectively)
AHR - 157; MHR - 195
Calories - 603
Weather - very warm, blue skies, slight breeze.

As I said, it was a good 20mins before I felt reasonable; after that, I improved. It was an out and back course down to Lake Ginninderra and on the way back, just before a short, steep, nasty little hill, 2 cyclists on mountain bikes came racing down the hill side by side. It was a close shave - I could've been Squashed CJ (or possibly worse because they were going really fast) but somehow we all managed to swerve different ways at the last minute.

We spent part of yesterday at the Kingston markets where I bought a paua shell necklace, pictures for our 'new' house, and fudge (the best ever, to die for fudge).

Today I still feel flat and had problems getting out of bed this morning, so any idea of cycling again disappeared! I've got the Bilby's swim squad tonight so I probably need to conserve my energy for that!

Only 6 sleeps to the first triathlon for the season (for me) - Women's and Girls triathlon on Sunday morning. It is a 400m swim/14km cycle/4km run.

Also, got a text message from a good friend Kezza, the other night to say that she had a fall when cycling on the weekend and broke her collarbone and also needed stitches. She was training for the Canberra Half Ironman and is feeling really down because she can't do it now. :-(

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Weak buttocks ruin the runner (ie do I waddle when I run?)

I was reading an extract from Sports Injury Bulletin and came across this article! Sean Fyfe, an Australian sports physio, says that "the gluteus medius should be considered in every running injury." The deep-lying gluteus medius muscle is normally associated with movement but its key role in running is to act as a stabilising force, to slow the downward drive of the pelvis on the opposite side during stance phase. This pelvic restraint prevents excessive hip sway or roll of the type that is classically known as "Trendelenburg gait". But even short of the tell-tale waddle of a Trendelenburg, there are various adaptations that runners make to compensate for weakness in the gluteus medius. Hmmmmm, I'm having problems with my glutes - could it be that they are weak? Though, no-one has told me I waddle when I run!

Friday lunchtime - gym

Session - lower body weights session plus killer abs workout

I focused on glute strengthening and stabilising exercises such as one-legged squats (with a swiss ball behind me), the glute machine, stationary lunges and one legged raises on swiss ball. (Saturday - I am feeling it in my glutes today!!!!)

Friday morning - swim session

Distance - 800m
Time - about 20mins
Session - 200m fs; 200m backstroke; 200m kicking (without fins); 200m freestyle.

I was supposed to have swum 1,000m but miscalculated and by the time I realised, was out of the pool and heading to the change rooms. Oh well, another day......

Oh, and by the way, today is a rest day - yes, I do have them!!!

(am) Cycle
(pm) Run

This was one of the poses we were attempting the other night at yoga - the Crane pose, I think. I spent more time on my backside than up in the air!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The art of inflexibility and CJ's revenge

Thursday evening - yoga

When I arrived at class this evening and our instructor, Karen, said that it would be a restorative session I could've hugged her. I wasn't looking forward to doing handstands, shoulderstands, backbends or the like but relished the idea of lying down on a mat with legs up the wall contemplating my navel for an hour or so. I had had more root canal treatment this morning and my jaw was sore, the tooth in question was achey and I was cranky.

The session started promising enough - lying down with my legs up the wall, this I could cope with. Several other poses later and I was starting to get suspicious, particularly when we had to sit up with our legs out in front, then bend the right leg and somehow hook the right arm under and over, or something like that. Then we moved on to one where we end up balancing on our hands with our legs hooked over our arms or the other way around - its probably something I could do after a few drinks! Anyway they were the sort of poses most people would tend to associate with yoga, where being a contortionist would be of considerable advantage. To achieve any of these poses I need to literally loosen up, I am so tight and very inflexible. Though then again do I really want to master being able to hook my legs around my ears?!

Thursday morning - cycle with H

Session - 6 hill repeats, increasing the resistance on alternate repeats.
Distance - 18.3km
Time taken - 49.15min (this includes a brief stop)
Av spd - 22.3kph; Max spd - 45kph
AHR - 143
Calories - 375

Had arranged to meet H for a cycle session early this morning, before work. I decided we needed to do hill repeats, increasing the resistance on alternate repeats. My revenge for the swim session I endured the night before! Another cold morning so wore arm warmers though I must admit we definitely warmed up on the hill repeats. I love the recovery part - its a downhill cruise back to the start - it goes too quickly! A fun session!

Got a surprise phone call from Wobbly Man as I was on my way to the dentist for more root canal treatment. Wobbly, I'm assuming you found someone to help you since I didn't hear back. Anyway it was lovely to talk to you! Looking forward to meeting you next year, here in Canberra.

(am) Swim with Strewth, followed by brekkie
(pm) Gym - lower body weights session plus killer abs session

When is a warm-up not a warm-up?

When its a Bilby's tri club swim session! I finally plucked up the courage to go along to a bilby's swim session. Also, because I had said to H earlier in the week that I would show up. All day various flimsy excuses for not going flashed through my mind however I resigned myself to the fact that I would be there at 6.30pm.

I introduced myself to the coach, Tony, and then asked which of the two lanes was the slow lane. Silly me! Slow lanes! Well, he did point one out as the slower lane but there were several people swimming in that lane who I knew from my previous swim squad and they were anything but slow. Hmmmmm.....

Okay...get in the water....adjust the goggles....look at my watch...suss out the other the instructions on the whiteboard....can't put it off any longer.....c'mon just get going. Swam 100m and then we stopped. Now what? Oh no, 200m of backstroke. I'm not a great swimmer but freestyle is my best stroke so that gives you some idea of what my other strokes are like. And they swim bloody fast - even upside down! I had someone constantly swimming into my feet so consequently I was swimming harder - lactic acid set in like concrete in my arms and legs, I was seeing spots before my eyes, my heart rate was almost flatlining, I was swallowing a lot of chlorinated water and I was not, I repeat, NOT having fun. This was followed by a 200m set of kicking without fins using a pullbuoy as flotation. Now I suck at kicking without fins and so everyone else took off down the lane and I brought up the rear...a long way behind. Finally another 200m set of freestyle - never was I so happy to be swimming plain old freestyle.

Up to this point I was questioning my sanity and asking myself why I couldn't be like normal people and be content with sitting in front of the TV knitting a scarf, reading a book or doing a crossword. H would come over at the end of each set and offer consoling words and a smile - I would grimace in return.

Then something truly wondrous happened in the main set - I could breathe, my arms and legs were working again, my heart rate was returning to something resembling normal and I could keep up with the others. In fact I was starting to enjoy it. It seemed everyone had settled down now and weren't hell-bent on getting from one end to the other in the shortest possible time. I had said at the start that I would only swim for an hour (the sessions go for 1 1/2 hours) and was surprised when it was time to get out. I'll be back, H is forgiven and I will be better prepared for the warm-up session next time!

Session - (warm-up) 100m fs; 200m bs; 100m kick; 200m fs; (main set) 3 x 100m on 2.10min; 3 x 200m on 6.30min; 500m on 11min.
Distance - 2km
Time taken - 1 hour

Wednesday morning - easy run
Distance - 6.9km
Time taken - 40.35min
Av pace - 5.53min/km
AHR - 140; MHR - 206
Calories - 367

It was cold - about 6* and I wasn't dressed for it. I was wearing a top with short sleeves and didn't really warm up throughout the run.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

INDULGE and you'll BULGE

I saw this message on a fridge magnet. Maybe it should become my mantra..... I had a rocky road chocolate truffle on Sunday, 2 serves of chocolate cheesecake brownie and an assortment of chocolate licorice bullets, fantales and milkshakes yesterday. Hmmmmmm......

For more photos and write-up of the Tour de Femme have a look at Strewth's training Blog.

Tuesday afternoon - cycle (on windtrainer)

Session - 5min wu; 2 x 2min L4 (3min RI); 3 x 2min L2.5 (2min RI); 4 x 2min L2 (30sec RI); 5min cd.
Time - 42mins
AHR - 129; MHR - 163

The original plan was to go the North Lyneham run session after work but the weather was looking very dodgy - there had been thunder, lightning, strong gusty winds and rain throughout the day. Besides, work was hectic again and getting out of the office by 5pm was looking very doubtful. So I decided to do a cycle session at home on the windtrainer instead. The first couple of intervals were very hard work and it was agony maintaining the speed for 2 mins. However, I gradually improved over the following intervals though, while the intensity lessened, the rest time also decreased between each one.

Tuesday lunchtime - gym

Session - upper body weight session plus killer abs session
Increased the reps for some of the exercises, though not the weight. The killer abs session was just as hard again today but I think I am improving...slowly. And I think I'm starting to see abs......;-)

Monday afternoon - run

Session - easy recovery run
Distance - 9.66km
Time - 53.42min
Av pace - 5.33min/km
AHR - 144; MHR - 159
Calories - 515

Work was hectic so it meant I wouldn't get away in time for the run session at Parliament House. Decided to run from home. I had no particular plan for the run so I just strapped on the ipod, stuck in the earplugs and headed off to such tunes as Bohemian Like Me (Dandy Warhols), Its Raining Men (Weather Girls) and Voodoo Child (Rogue Traders). A good run though a new ache/niggle developed on the inner aspect of my left calf - it did go away however. The ache/pain in right glute however did not go away - I am getting very tired of this glute problem - its not getting better but also not getting worse. Anyway, apart from these little problems, it was a cruisey run - the type of run that remind me why I enjoy running so much.

Monday morning - swim

Session - 300m wu; 3 x (100m kick; 100m pull buoy); 3 x 200 variable pace.
Distance - 1.5km

After a busy and active weekend I decided that this swim would be a recovery session. Usually I use fins when doing a kick session but after reading a Minersrun entry where he said, in a manner of speaking, that fins were for wusses, I decided that I would also give the fins a miss. The first 50m was fine but I definitely experienced the 'burn' when completing the second 50m of kicking without fins - I also feel it in the hips - is that normal? Maybe its just that I really suck at kicking!

Killer abs session - final instalment

4. Double Straight Leg Stretch

* Exhale, lowering legs toward the mat no lower than a 45* angle. Stop when your lower back begins to arch.
* Inhale, raising legs back up to the ceiling at a 90* angle, keeping buttocks on the mat.
* Repeat 15 times; 1-5 sets. Finish with hands behind the head and knees bent to chest.

* If your back is arching, lower head and place hands under buttocks as you raise and lower legs.

5. Criss-Cross
* Inhale and extend left leg out at a 45* angle as you twist your upper body until left elbow touches right knee.
* Exhale and look back beyond right elbow and stretch from elbow to opposite foot.
* Inhale, switching sides. Hold a moment. Exhale and stretch a little longer.
* Repeat 15 times; 1-5 sets.

* Engage abdominals so pelvis is steady and hips don't rock from side to side.
* Make sure elbows are extended out and not folding in or touching the floor while you are twisting.
* Twist from your waist. Your neck, shoulders and elbows do not initiate the movement - they only follow the direction of the twist coming from the work of your abdominals.

* Lower head down, bring feet to the floor, hip-width apart. Place hands on belly, relax abdominals and exhale deeply into your stomach, letting your belly rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.

The 5 exercises in the stomach series are meant to flow seamlessly from one into the next, according to the rhythm of your breathing. The challenge is to get through the entire series without changing the initial body position.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Tour de Femme

Event - Tour de Femme, women only cycle race
Distance - 20km
No. of entrants - 528
Weather - beautiful; blue sky; no wind; not too hot nor too cold

I rode down to the start of the bike race this morning. I could hear a vehicle driving slowly behind me on Springvale Dve - it was MsH on her way to the yacht club. I felt a bit tired as a result of yesterday's run but wasn't too worried as I wasn't planning on racing this morning.

Warm-up ride
Distance - 16.68km
Time taken - 40.41min
Av pace - 24.6kph
AHR - 149
Calories - 354

A comfortable ride - not too much traffic on the road at that time of the morning. Quite a few vehicles that passed me had bikes either on the back or on the roof - they probably thought I was mad riding to the start. Once I got closer to the yacht club (the start of the race) there were lots of women on bikes warming up - one advantage of riding down was that I was already warmed up. MrB and Strewth arrived about the same time as me. Met up with Flash Duck and we kept an eye out for familiar faces. Tried ringing MsH but she wasn't answering her phone - obviously focusing on the race ahead! We managed to find Strewth and MrsH in the mass of lycra-clad women and worked our way through to where they were standing. Was feeling very nervous about the start of the race as there are so many cyclists in such a confined space and many of the women are once-a-year cyclists and therefore not very confident on their bikes.

Tour de Femme race
Distance - 20km
Time - 40.10min (official results)
Max speed - 50.5kph
Av speed - 30.2kph
AHR - 162
Calories - 498
Place - 121st (of 528 competitors); 26th in 40-49yr age group (of 155 entrants)

After what seemed like ages we were finally away and I nearly came to grief - had clipped both shoes into my pedals when the woman in front of me decided to swerve my way and I felt myself toppling over. Uh oh this is it - I am going to land on the koppers log barriers - this is not going to be pretty......when somehow I managed to straighten up and veer to the right and around the cyclists in front of me. I still don't know how I managed not to go over - adrenaline can come in handy!

We headed off down the road and it initially felt like a comfortable Sunday ride. It occurred to me that maybe I was taking it just a little too easy and should probably make more of an effort to go faster (my first km was 20.9kph and my 2nd km was 30.9kph!) Flash Duck had shot off and was nowhere to be seen and MsH had also done a disappearing act. I gradually got into a rhythm and started passing other cyclists - many were all over the place; there was definitely no pacelines happening.

I would move from one bunch of cyclists to the next bunch up ahead, hoping that as a bunch we could work together but many had decided they were out there for themselves and weren't interested or didn't understand about drafting, etc. Still I thoroughly enjoyed the race. I managed to stick with a Women on Wheels (WOW) cyclist from Kangaroo Valley called Sandra, for the latter part of the race. We passed Flash Duck on Adelaide Avenue, not too far from the finish. I took off down Flynn Dve (probably where my maximum speed of 50kph happened) and then there was the Finish line. Passed the timing chip, that we had to wear on our left wrist, over the sensor and then it was off for watermelon, banana, an iced finger bun, and 2 cups of plunger coffee. MrsH was the only one from our group to win a barrel draw prize - sunnies. We also decided that next year we would enter as a team.

Other results:
1st - Oenone Wood - 32.01min
74th - MsH - 36.47min (10th in age group)
121st - CJ - 40.10min (26th in age group)
125th - Flash Duck - 40.42min (29th in age group)
201st - MrsH - 46.22min (56th in age group)
224th - Strewth - 48min (20th in age group)

(am) Swim
(pm) Run session at Parliament House

Saturday, November 12, 2005

The day that all the fast veteran women decided to stay at home.....

Saturday morning - Belconnen Community Fun Run
Distance - 6km (3.75 mile)
Time - 27.23min
Av pace - 4.32min/km
AHR - 173bpm
Calories - 323
Place - 1st veteran woman

A beautiful Spring morning - blue skies, no wind, perfect... Decided to run down to the start of the fun run, at CISAC (Belconnen pool). Had been out the night before to a graduation followed by cocktail party at the Hyatt and had indulged in 2 very large glasses of wine - in hindsight not a good idea (though it seemed like a good idea at the time!). Was feeling a little dry this morning!

Warm-up run from home:
Distance - 5.58km
Time - 30.02min
Av pace - 5.22min/km
AHR - 154
Calories - 309

Comfortable run, listening to music on my ipod. There was quite a crowd of runners and walkers gathering outside when I arrived to register and collect my number. The run was being held in memory of Ben Donohoe, who died earlier this year from a brain tumour at the age of 9. All money raised was going to the paediatrc brain tumour foundation (or something like that).

Back to the fun run. Met up with Aki, Flash Duck, Strewth, Mr B, Geoff and friend (I can't remember her name but it was her birthday today). Also saw Friar and met Jody (?) and Huxley - a gorgeous looking dog. We headed down to the start and after a little wait, were off. I headed around on the outside to avoid the crush and it seemed to work in my favour. However, I broke my cardinal rule again - don't go out too fast. I think my first 2 kms were 4.22 and 4.18 respectively. So it was going to be a case of grit the teeth and hope to hang on for the next 4 kms! Actually it wasn't too bad though there were more hills than I remembered on this course, or it may just have been the case that because I went out too fast, any little rise felt like a hill!

Mr B caught up with me at about the 5km mark and I kept tossing up mentally the idea of slowing down and letting him go ahead or trying to stay with him. I chose the latter course of action and this worked until about the last 150m when he took off and I couldn't respond. I'm not a sprinter. I crossed the line and someone announced that I was the first veteran woman to finish so I waved my arms around. Actually, to be honest, I wasn't sure whay they said because I was still listening to my ipod so had to ask Mr B to repeat it!

Flash Duck came in not long after me so she was the second veteran woman to finish. Cool Runner chicky babes were having a good day! Waited for Strewth to come in and then we hung around talking and eating the supplied fruit before heading across to Margaret Timpson Park for the presentation. I had found the coffee stall and was waiting in line for a much anticipated cappuccino when Flash Duck said that the presentation was about to begin and so we had to leave before I could order a coffee *sob*.

After the presentation (received a medal and a 1 month Gold membership to Club Lime at CISAC - this includes use of gym, classes, pool entry, spa and sauna) and obligatory photo shoot we finally headed off to Musica e cafe for something to eat and a *coffee*.

Later in the afternoon, headed off to the yacht club for the Tour de Femme registration - the bike race is tomorrow morning, 9am. I plan on riding to the start - about 18km - a good warm-up!

Friday morning - swim

Session - 300m wu; 100m pullbuoy; 100m kick without fins; 100m pullbuoy; 3 x 200m; 100m kick without fins; 100m pullbouy; 100m cd
Distance - 1.5km

Times for 200m:
1 - 3.58min
2 - 3.56min
3 - 3.55min

Killer abs session cont....

2. Double Leg Stretch

* Beginning in initial body position, inhale and extend arms straight back alongside ears as you stretch legs out at a 45* angle from the floor, working the inner thighs to keep legs together.
* Pause for a second, feel your arms and legs are being pulled in opposite directions.
* Make sure lower back is firmly anchored on the floor and head is still lifted toward chest.
* Exhale and make a big circle with arms, bringing around to wrap around knees and pull into chest like a little ball
* Repeat 15 times; 1 - 5 sets. Finish in initial body position.

* If you can't keep lower back on the floor, bend knees or bring legs toward the ceiling. Never arch your back.
* If head drops as you bring arms over head, lift arms straight up to the ceiling instead.

3. Single Leg Straight Leg Stretch

* From initial body position, straighten right leg up to the ceiling and grab ankle with both hands. Extend left leg out at a 45* angle from the floor.
* Inhale, pulling right leg toward head with a double bounce action as you lengthen left leg away.
* Exhale, switching legs by scissoring them past each other in a dynamic and energetic way.
Repeat 15 times; 1-5 sets. Finish by bringing legs together at a 90* angle from the mat, buttocks on the floor and both hands behind your head.

* Stabilize your abdominal core as legs are moving vigorously.
* Relax shoulders; do not pull onto the legs too hard; use abdominals to raise leg t chest.
* If hamstrings are tight, bend raised leg slightly and hold onto anywhere behind the leg rather than the ankle.

4. Double Straight Leg Stretch (this is a killer)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Power of the Stomach Series aka Killer Abs Session

These exercises are from Fit Yoga, August 2005 issue.

The 5 exercises in the Stomach Series are meant to flow seamlessly from one into the next, according tot he rhythm of your breathing. The challenge is to get through the entire series without changing the initial body position.

Initial body position:
* Lie on back, bend knees to chest, point toes.
* Engage abdominal muscles to lift head and shoulders off the ground. Do not lift from neck itself. If abdominal muscles are too weak or tired to hold head and shoulders up, keep them on the mat.
* Gaze softly at navel and use it as a visual aid to make sure head stays lifted throughout the series.
* Press belly down to spine. Lower back should be anchored to the floor at all times. If you find yourself arching your lower back, modify the exercises by bending knees and/or lifting legs toward the ceiling away from the floor.
* Remember, it is called the Stomach Series because even though your arms and legs seem to be doing all the movements, the stomach is working hardest by stabilizing the core.


1. Single Leg Stretch
*Assume initial body position.
* Inhale, bring right knee toward nose, shin parallel to floor, right hand on ankle, left hand on knee. Simultaneously straighten and stretch left leg at a 45* angle from the mat.
* Exhale and switch sides, pulling left leg in and extending right.
* repeat 15 times, 1 - 5 sets. Finish in initial body position.

* Extend elbows out to the sides, and press shoulders down and away from ears.
* If you cannot keep your back on the floor, raise straight leg higher, toward the ceiling.

To be continued....
2. Double Leg Stretch

Bugs for breakfast

Session - Cycle with H
Distance - 25.14km
Time - 1hr 5.33min
Av spd - 23kph; Max spd - 48.6kph
AHR - 133; MHR - 169
Calories - 503
Weather - warm, 20*c at 5.30am!

Was determined to get out of bed at 5am. Woke up at 5.10am and flew out of bed, rushed around getting dressed, finding sunnies, gulping down a black coffee, getting bike out of shed, searching for my helmet and shoes, go back and get Garmin Girl, now where did I leave my cycling gloves.....Cycling is hard work before even getting on the bike sometimes!

Managed to get up to the meeting point by 5.30am to meet with H to ride the large loop this morning. Because I was still feeling really tired, suggested to H that she lead the way. Heading up Dryandra St I inhaled a bug or two - yuk! Coughing and spluttering and very close to throwing up for the next km, I think it was the steady incline on Ginninderra Dve that finally took my mind off my unexpected and unwanted breakfast!

A good ride but legs were stuffed by the end (actually so was the rest of me).

Lunchtime: retail therapy!

Tonight: Yoga

Rules of Chocolate
#2 Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hot chocolate, fantales, chocolate cheesecake brownie....

and all this before 9.30am. Oh dear, its going to be one of those days!

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.

Session - Gym, upper body weights session plus killer abs session

I struggled through the work-out today - the weights seemed heavier, the reps seemed to go on forever. If I thought I was tired before I started the session, there was no doubting I was tired by the time I finished. The idea of a swim session after work was rapidly disappearing.

After a meeting with our architect at our place, I fell asleep on the sofa for about 45mins, then I fell asleep again during CSI Miami and then decided to go to bed, where I promptly fell asleep again! The closest I got to swimming last night was dreaming about it!

Ps I will post the killer abs session on the blog soon - seems there are a few people interested in the workout.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I feel better now.......

.....that the run session at North Lyneham is over, I've had a shower and something to eat! It was very warm and muggy this afternoon and I swear the hills at North Lyneham have got steeper and longer.

Session - 1 lap warm up (3.05km); a timed 958m run; slow jog for 1.12km; a timed 1km run; 3.13km cool down
Total distance - about 9.2km
Total time - 51.03min
Calories - 492

Timed runs:
958m - 4.23min; AHR - 161
1.01km - 4.53min; AHR - 164

It was a tough session this afternoon, not helped by the weather. Also, I felt heavy and slow after my massage at lunchtime so tried to take it easy. The 2 timed runs were hard - both involved hills; the second run includes a shocker of a hill. And Rae, there was not a kangaroo to be seen - must be the construction work that's happening there.

Today was also an 8 Fantale day - must've needed a sugar boost.

(pm) Gym session - upper body weights session plus killer abs session (TA, I will give you the info tomorrow)
(pm) Swim session with Bilby's squad - this ia a big maybe - depends on how brave I am feeling tomorrow afternoon!

Getting all hot and sweaty

We had so much rain overnight accompanied by a very long and drawn-out thunderstorm. At one stage it felt like the thunder was just above our roof - the windows were rattling. Mia, aka Missy Hissyfit, was under the sofa growling and hissing, and was generally feeling very unhappy about the state of affairs. Anyway this morning it was feeling very steamy - more Brisbane than Canberra weather!

Tues morning - cycle on windtrainer

Session - 5min wu; 2 x 2min L4 (3min RI); 3 x 2min L2.5 (2min RI); 4 x 2min L2 (30sec RI); 5min cd
Time taken - 42min
AHR - 128; MHR - 203
Calories - 387

I love my new cycle shoes - its not psychological, I know I cycle better - I have more power. I'm also concentrating on keeping good form on the bike - core muscles engaged and shoulders relaxed, and it does make a difference. I find I tend to hunch up and then start using more than just my leg muscles when cycling so I have to make a conscious effort to relax. The sweat was pouring off me this morning and I was outside on my windtrainer - it was hard work but enjoyable, for a change.

Lunchtime, I'm off to visit my MMT (marvellous massage therapist), can't wait!!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Monday morning - swim

Session - 300m wu; 10 x 50m on 70sec; 7 x 100m on 2.06min; 100m cd
Distance - 1.6km

I basically made this session up as I went because I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do. Somehow my intervals seemed to clash with a couple of slower swimmers in the lane - I'd give them a good start but still get stuck behind them. Still, it was nothing to stress about. I have been thinking of going to Bilby's swim squad on Wednesday evening for some variety but also because I know I will get a hard workout. This would be good for me because I don't tend to push myself otherwise. However I have to admit that H's description of the session, and the fact that she said she was the slowest swimmer in the lane (she's not slow by any means), has made me very very apprehensive.

Monday afternoon - run session at Parliament House

Session - usual warmup loop around PH then it was off to the small oval following a winding path. 7 loops that included a sprint up a hill (and because, as usual, I didn't listen to the instructions carefully I did the complete uphill more times than I had to) and then a sprint around the oval.
Distance - 8.38km
Time taken - 44.29min
Av pace - 5.18min/km (however after the warmup my km laps were: 4.35, 4.04, 4.33, 4.31)
AHR - 153; MHR - 180
Calories - 456

After a looooong day best forgotten, my motivation and energy levels had hit rock bottom. I rang Strewth to see whether she would still be going to the run session secretly hoping that she'd changed her mind. However, she remained firm in her convictions (bugger!) and so I resigned my self to going along to the session. Some people have problems getting up in the morning and running before work; I have the opposite problem - I find it really hard to do things at the end of the day. I can think of a million and one excuses why I can't, won't or shouldn't go!!!

Anyway the session was good. We had to attempt chin-ups afterwards during our cooldown and even though I didn't fully extend between each repeat, I managed to do 7. And thank you to Geoff for his kind words about my blog :-))

We were very lucky with the weather - it was quite warm during the session and then on the way home, the rain came down.

(am) - cycle (WT)
(lunchtime) - massage with my MMT (marvellous massage therapist)
(pm) - run at North Lyneham (weather permitting) - and I will try to get a photo of the kangaroos, Rae!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Final workout for the week

4.25pm Session - run

Distance - 11.19km
Time - 60mins
Av pace - 5.22min/km
AHR - 166
Calories - 595
Weather - overcast but warm

Set my running buddy Garmin Girl for an hour run at 5.30min/km pace. Felt okay running down to Lake Ginninderra though my L ankle was twingeing a bit. However, once I had turned around at the 30min mark and headed for home I started feeling like crap, with stomach cramps. My pace became quite variable as I slowed down when the cramps got really bad but then sped up when they eased off (fartlek session I guess!). I was also starting to feel the heat, not being used to running in warm weather for quite a while. Maybe the cappuccino I had at the Mall with Mr CJ about 45 mins earlier was not agreeing with me.

Note to self - maybe wait a little longer before running after a cappuccino. Anyway, I did manage to get home under the pace I had set, beating Garmin Girl...again!

REST DAY!!! Yay!!!!

Riding the Tour de Femme course

Session - ride with H down to the yacht club (Lake Burley Griffin) where we would meet up with Strewth, NH, and MrT (honorary girlie today!). Then we would ride the cycle course in preparation for next Sunday's

Distance - 39km
Time taken - 1hr 44.28min
Av spd - a very leisurely 22.4kph; max spd - 49.1kph
AHR - 134; MHR - 171
Calories - 757
Weather - overcast and a little cool at times (let's be honest - I was freezing at times), no wind.

Was meant to meet H at 6.15am at her place to drop off my bag this morning before heading off on our bikes. So why was I still in bed at 6.05am, with a cold coffee on my bedside table?! Luckily I had packed my bag the night before and had got out my cycling gear but it was still a mad dash to get out the door and to H's by.....6.25am? *lots of heavy breathing*

We begin our ride with a hill not long after we start - not pretty. Otherwise it was an uneventful ride down to the yacht club where the others had only arrived, so we weren't too late. Somehow I was the one leading our little group around the Tour de Femme course, and of course I had left the directions at home, but was fairly confident of the way.

It was a very leisurely ride and I enjoyed our surroundings as we rode along, even on the Parkway, where the cars go whizzing by (speed limit is 100kph but most are doing well above this). Spent a lot of time avoiding crap on the road eg glass, wood, branches, vacuum cleaner hose(!). Was really happy with my cycle shoes - seem to have more push-off on the pedal - must be that carbon sole!

We went down Novar Crescent in Yarralumla (a very pretty and very expensive suburb by the lake with some stunning houses) and came to a sudden stop when a car in front of me also stopped, as another car reversed into a car park. Fortunately we were well spaced out so no crashes. Hopetoun Circuit was a bit of a bugger - its uphill. Must remember that next week! Finally we were heading down Flynn Drive when H took off behind us and zoomed past. Of course MrT took off in hot pursuit so of course I had to follow! It was fun while it lasted! Finally we were back at the yacht club and then it was off for brekky (I was starving - my stomach had been making awful grumbling noises for the last couple of kms) at Regatta Point - a cafe with deck, overlooking the lake. Nice view, mediocre cappuccino but the toasted muesli ("is it toasted or untoasted?" I asked the waiter. "Definitely untoasted" or something to that effect, was his response ) was tasty.

It seems we'll have some competition next week in the Tour de Femme - Oenone Wood (world champion) is riding. Damn, I thought I had a chance - NOT!

Friday morning - swim

Session - 300m wu; 5 x 100m of 50m L1; 50m L2 (20sec RI); 5 x 150m of 1st 50m L1; 2nd 50m L2; 3rd 50m L2.5 (15sec RI); 50m cd
Distance - 1.6km

Got a phone call from Strewth just after 6am to say that she had just woken up and so wouldn't make it to swimming but that she would come to brekky (this girl has her priorities right!). For a nanosecond I thought about skipping swimming as well but then the guilts kicked in and off I went to the pool!

Good session - not too many other swimmers in the lanes.

Friday lunchtime - gym
Session - lower body weights workout plus killer abs session