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So, this week didn’t quite go as planned! I had decided to take Sunday off and recover from the previous 13 days of training. It’s weird, but when you see the messages coming in on the group whatsapp, you start to feel guilty for not working out. But I knew my body needed the break so I enjoyed doing nothing.
Day fifteen and I went to the pool for a swim. I swam a kilometre again and took less breaks than me previous swims. I’m starting to get used to feeling of swimming. It’s not a breathless feeling, it just doesn’t feel normal.
Day 16 and we were back with Alex in psquared performance. We did a lot of core work and had a great session but tragedy struck when I got home. I slipped getting out of the shower and landed on my knee! I don’t think I did any serious damage to it but the force of all 11.5 stone landing on my right knee hurt! I work a couple times in the night with the pain and I was hobbling round the office all the following day!
I had to take the following day off training. This was much harder than the rest day. At least I had planned the rest day, but this was a freak accident and was very frustrating. On the plus side, by the end of the day, my knee was feeling much better.
Day 18 and I went back to Alex for another gym session. There was a lot of core work in this session too but there were a couple of of exercises which I didn’t feel comfortable doing on my knee, so Alex replaced these for me with different ones which would put less pressure on my knee.
Day 19 and I was still resting my knee. It was improving a lot every hour but it was too soon to do anything on it.
Day 20 and we met up at the Cove for another sea swim. I had felt dizzy on the previous swims. I tried earplugs for the first to combat this and they were amazing. I felt prefect getting out of the water. The hard work I’m putting in the pool is also starting to pay off in the sea and I felt a noticeable difference in my swimming.
Day seven, I decided to cycle the route again. I did two laps of the course like on race day and I found the hill to Edengate easier than earlier in the week.
Day eight and I was back in the pool. I decided to push myself today and start by doing 100m lengths before stopping for a break. The plan was to do 10 sets and to do as many 100’s as I could then switch to 50’s. Somehow I managed to do 10 sets of 100m. I swam my kilometre ever! I know there were 9 breaks but a kilometre is kilometre! I felt on a high after that.
Day nine and we were back in the gym with Alex. Thankfully he started the class with the foam rollers to try and ease out any knots from all our hard work. I can definitely feel myself getting fitter and was able to push myself harder in that class than before.
Day 10 and I was back on the bike cycling the route. I cycled the route twice but this time my legs felt like they had no energy. The second lap was easier than the first but it was hard going.
Day 11 and we had another class with Alex. Once again he started with the foam rollers. This class wasn’t as intense as the previous ones and felt more like a recovery session which I definitely needed.
Day 12 and I went back into the pool. I was still on a high from my previous swim that I though this was going to be easy. It was anything but! I had the same problem as 2 days earlier when there was no power in my legs, and had no power anywhere in my body. I made it half way through my set before I made a decision to stop and rest up for the evening.
Day 13 and we were back down at the cove for another open water swim. I felt recovered and a lot more comfortable in the water than last week. ALex had us practicing swimming out of the water where we kick our legs hard, and keep swimming until our hands can touch the ground. This minimises the time you have to wade out of the water. I was also a lot stronger swimming in the open than the previous week. Afterwards I went for a 5k run with Finn. We ran parts of the route we could remember from online and then just ran out Mill Road to ad on some k’s. We ran at a nice comfortable pace and finished strong. I decided to take the rest of the day and the following day (Sunday) off to recover properly. Alex keeps reminding us that we need rest days to get the most from our training and I followed his advice. Dee came down the stairs that evening and found me asleep on the couch with our dog Ollie!
So week one down for KOG10 and trying to turn myself into a triathlete in 5 weeks!
I decided to start day one with a swim in the pool because this is easily my weakest and to say it went badly would be an understatement! I thrashed up and down the pool for about 450m (with plenty of breaks between lenghts) and felt completely out of breath by the end! When I finished, I realised Alex was in the lane beside me and he pointed out a couple of things to me, such as trying too hard, not reaching far enough ahead and turning my head too much, which I should work on to make swimming easier for me. I left the pool feeling dizzy from lack of oxygen but at least I had made the first step!
Day two was our first gym session with Alex at psquaredperformance and it was a fantastic class. He created a class which targeted the muscles we will need on the day of the King of Greystones and I felt the great after the class. That evening I went for a gentle 5k run with Dee.
Day three I went for my first cycle. I decided to cycle the route as I like to know what’s ahead of me. The route starts at the park in Greystones and involves two laps of an out and back course. The turning point is at SM Morris near the N11 and the is only one hill up to Edengate. Coming back is downhill and I was comfortably hitting 45k without even pedalling! I will definitely be using this downhill on race day for recovery!
Day four and we were back in the gym with Alex. Again he targeted the important muscles with an emphasis on leg work. We mostly worked one leg in isolation because as he says “running is a one legged sport…you only have one leg working at a time”.
Day five was my birthday and I decided to celebrate it by going back into the pool. I made a conscience effort to focus on what Alex told me on day one. I slowed my stroke right down, stretched my arms as far as I could in front of me and turned my head less and the difference it made was remarkable! I still only swam 500m but in a lot less time than Monday and without having to gasp for air. I even managed the last 100m without needing a break! The breathing still feels strange but not uncomfortable anymore.
Day six and we tried our first open water swim at the cove in Greystones. Alex and his brother Tristan, got us into the water and were trying to get us used to different sensations from swimming in a pool. We swam a few lengths and I can’t say I got used to it. You have to stretch your hands higher in your stroke to avoid the waves and turn your head more to breathe. I need more lengths of the pool and a few more sea swims before I’ll be comfortable in the open water. After this, I did a 50min run around greystones to try and get some my kms into the legs while they’re tired!