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It has been a while since I’ve raced. Running, swimming, cycling or triathlon.
But this morning I headed to Market Bosworth to take part in the Bosworth Terrapin Triathlon.
It was cold when I woke up and as I drove to Market Bosworth, it didn’t get any warmer. As I set up in transition, I out down a top with long sleeves to put on while I was on the bike. I pinned my number to my belt, put down a towel and water and then went to fetch my wetsuit for the swim.
I had somehow managed to get race number 1.
Not entirely sure how that happened, but it seemed like a good number to have on my first race back since breaking my ankle. I also got out in the fastest swim wave, but begged to be moved to the second wave and thankfully the organisers allowed me to start in the slightly slower wave.
During the swim I had a good amount of fun, but for some reason it felt like my arms weren’t working. One of the competitors also felt that his sole aim during the swim needed to be to drown me, or so it felt. We clashed multiple times – even when I went out of my way to get behind him, I front of him, around him. When we went around the final buoy, I finally managed to get away from him and get some space between us.
Out in the bike – this is where I started feeling good. I got into a nice rhythm early on and kept going. Considering that the original distance was 13 miles or so and they had to divert us due to a part of the course being flooded, I felt quite happy with how things were going when we hit the diversion point. I felt even happier when I realised that the bike course was almost completed and that I had somehow forgotten how quick 15 – 16 miles can fly by.
I ran the very long path to transition and after a quick bite of gel and a mouth full of water, headed out onto the course,
It was MUDDY!
I slipped and slided my way around the course, laughing, shrieking and giggling as I nearly went down on more than one occasion.
The run was over before I knew it and with a 6th in age placing, I feel quite happy with how the day went.
Run : 2.94 miles
Running in the rain has always been fun for me. You feel like you’re being cleansed from the inside and outside. Of course getting wet and feeling like you need a good and hot shower afterwards is also a big plus.
Today the rain got heavier as I went along and by the end of it I was completely drenched. The water was streaming down my face and I felt like I needed a hot mug of tea.
But that is day 13 done.
Run : 3.09 miles
Tonight’s run was a fun little run around the farm fields. Approximately a quarter of a mile from our house there are many fields that just ask to be seen and tonight we took all the small footpaths and had a look at what it held.
We spotted a few camera-shy bunnies, a pub we decided we might go visit and some very strange people.
Day 12 done.
Run : 1.72 miles
There are 18 weeks left until the Liverpool marathon. I’m still not sure that I’ll be able to run it, but in the meantime I should probably get my fitness up a little bit.
Today’s run was easy, around the block and with plenty of walking breaks, but the running intervals were longer than before. I felt quite happy just looking around the neighbourhood after my first day back. I could quite easily just have carried on for a while.
Day 11 is done.
Run : 1.01 miles
After arriving back in the UK this morning at the horrible hour of 5am, I was pretty sure no running was going to happen today. I got home and parked myself on the couch after a shower and breakfast. Sleep was the only thing on my mind. Sleep didn’t come.
After watching various episodes of shows and a few bits of tennis, Andy got home after his afternoon of golf and it was the kick I needed. A short run around the block for 1 mile.
Now sleep really is required.
Run : 1 mile
Quick one mile before a shower and heading to the airport for a long flight back.
Run : 1.27 miles
Quick run before heading to Port Elizabeth to start travelling back.
Run : 1.95 miles
Another cold day – one of those where you can feel that it might be winter.
My bed was far cosier than any other place this morning – I tried to stay in it as long as possible. My mom must’ve brought me 4 cups of coffee before I would move out of bed. Outside the wind was howling and the clouds gathered to make it one unpleasant morning outside.
After a quick walk up to the wind pump, we took a more leisurely walk down the field and saw little critters attempting to get warm everywhere. We even found the old dam wall.
The weather didn’t get any better and we headed into the run while it was raining a refreshing winter shower.
Run : 1.88 miles
This morning it was a little colder than the days before, I felt a little cosy in my bed and just didn’t feel like getting out early to get the run done.
So, after lunch, I settled down for a bit of reading and then put in my running shoes for a short jog outside. I’m fairly happy that I can do 20 minutes at this stage – it is a whole lot better than the 10 seconds here and there a month ago.
Who knows, I might be able to a fall marathon!