Monday, September 13, 2010


No, this is not a photo of my legs - these legs look nice and fresh. My legs on the other hand today feel trashed. It is not a muscular ache like after you have climbed a thousand stairs, rather a blood filled heaviness. They feel swollen and tight and just heavy to walk around in. But, because I woke up feeling this way, instead of just sitting around today and giving them a rest I thought it best to go for my very small run. Yep, it was small, 2km to be precise.

Did I feel good at the end of it? No. My legs still felt heavy but I was happy that I got out there even when I really didn't want to.

During the run though I got to experience my first taste of warmth on my skin and wondered if I was feeling hot now and we are in the first couple of weeks of spring, then how was I going to cope in Summer running. I was dripping sweat and once again I stunk like the proverbials. So it was off to a nice hot shower and some stretches. My back thank goodness has not been bothered by the run and for that I am so thankful. So I will now give myself a few days inbetween and go for another run towards the end of the working week.

I am also looking forward to commencing my programme with Jodie & Chris from Top Notch Performance and Health. I spoke to them both last Saturday after the swim session and they are both going to help me get to my goal of the 70.3 in port Macquarie next year. They are fully aware of the hurdles I have faced in the running department and are happy to work with me ever so slowly so as not to get me re-injured. I really like their coaching style. Most people see me as a good swimmer, and it's because of that they don't really think that I need to get better. But one thing I have noticed with them is that they don't let a single thing go by when I am in the water. I am critiqued both good and bad, and I really like that. So, my programme starts in the first week of October - new month, new goals. I like it.

Also, I was watching the Port Macquarie Ironman on YouTube and many other IM's and was listening to the gentleman who has the microphone call out everyone's name as they pass through the finsihing chute and tell them all that they are Ironmen. Question: What do they say when you go through the chute of a 70.3?

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage