Monday, October 4, 2010

And so it begins.

Week one of my 70.3 has coincided with my holidays with the family. We haven't had a holiday for close to 2 yrs and the last one we had was an absolute shamozzle. So to say that we were in dire need of a holiday is a bit of an understatement. We decided to head to the coast and soak up the rays but as we were packing up the car the rain started and did not let up till yesterday.
It didn't stop us though from sneaking out inbetween downpours to visit the coast and see some of the sights.

The whole time we were out and about I couldn't help thinking about what I would do if the rain did not let up. I knew that there was a leisure centre, so the swim was covered and possibly the run but how was I possibly going to tolerate a 2hr ride in a gym. Oh, well I was just going to have to make do. And I thought if this guy could tolerate the elements then so could I.
So this morning, Monday 4th October, 2010 was Day 1 of my 70.3 training. Today was going to be the start of my quest in conquering my first ever 70.3. And I couldn't wait. So I headed to the pools and did my first session.
  • 300m Fr/s Warm up
  • 6 x 50m Drills 15 secs rest
  • 8 x 50m Hard on 1 min
  • 4 x 100m Tempo on 1:40
  • 2 x 200m Easy on 3:30
  • 1 x 200m which was meant to be 400m but started cramping.
  • 2 x 200m Easy with pullbouy on 3:30
  • 4 x 100m Tempo on 1:40
  • 8 x 50m Fins (25m easy, 25m hard)
  • 200m cooldown.
I felt strong in the water and it was good to just get in a decent swim. With my first session under my belt I got home, had a quick shower and we headed off to Minumurra Falls. An absolutely gorgeous spot and if I had the chance to retire in this location I would.

After a short but gruesome 2.6km undulating walk to the falls and back we headed home and I toddled off for my 4km run. It is such a nice change to run by the coast. I could feel the ocean spray on my skin and I love it. Not sure was was saltier - the spray or my sweat. My husband and son were watching me go for my run and said that I am running much better and I am definately alot faster than I was some 10 months ago when I first started.

I would say today was an extremely eventful first day of training. Tomorrow is a 2hr bike ride and I have no idea of where I should be riding around here. It's always a bit scary figuring out where to ride. I am sure the lady whom we rented the apartment of said there is a bike track around here but I am yet to find it. The hills around here are just absolutely spectacular, so steep in fact that you have to drive up some of them only in first gear.

May just have to do some research before I take off on my ride.

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