Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bring it.

Wow, what a great few weeks. It has been awesome. I have not stopped smiling the whole time - well apart from the time that my muscles are screaming at me. And even then I am so stoked that I have finally gotten back to being ME again.

I have loved every minute of being back out training. I really look forward to opening up my program every morning from Sparta and seeing whats in store for me. I am even loving the sweat that dries on my brow - I know it sounds lame, but when that hasn't happened in over a year apart from my race at Yeppoon - I never realised how much I missed it.

Training has been coming along nicely. Each week has been gradually incremented and am loving the pace at which I am being trained. I also love the fact that I am still doing my personal training sessions and feeling myself moving forward. I've had a little hiccup with my glute muscle's for which I am seeing physio and getting Dry Needling done - however know that it was my little jaunt at a small race called Yeppoon 70.3. My body is just voicing it's dislike. I am focusing on good stretching techniques x3 daily at 15mins a go to try and loosen my quads, hammies, glutes and hip flexors. And am focusing super hard on training my deeper  core whilst trying to unlearn using my superficial abs in their place. A few things to work on but know it will all come good.

There have already been some highlights in the pool for me. And I think it's remnants of my old sprinting days coming back. I was thrilled (really thrilled) to do a few 100m freestyle sprints on 1:10 - 1:12 this Monday. Gave me a bit of a buzz really to know I still had it in me even though I wanted to hurl chunks after every one that I did. I have a bit of a goal. I would ideally like to be able to hold consistent 1:20's/100m on a regular basis. And not just in the pool. I want to translate it into the open water and do a really good swim at Port IM. I want to feel brave in amongst that crowd too. So I will be looking to recruit people to bash me up in the swim on a regular basis like this - CLICK HERE.

I have also added another weapon to my training package - Billy the Mountain Goat - Im mean bike.

Here's to a few if not many trail rides. Need to get myself feeling strong on hills again. Im totally sucking at them at the moment. Not that Im complaining as I know I will get there in due course and with the necessary strength required not only in my legs but in my core as well. I need my core, glute, hammie, quads to all be in tip top shape - and it will happen with Sparta's training. Im excited.

I also had another swim at Bondi last Saturday. I had been doing so well until Saturday, until I saw the swell and then my brain went backwards. I bawked at every wave and felt super anxious. But thankfully Sarah, Spot and Paul helped me through it and I finally got to have some fun splashing in the smaller waves and even caught one all the way to shore. I was proud of me. Practice makes perfect. And I will keep practicing. Im stubborn that way.

This Saturday whilst I will miss going to BondiFit, I will also be having fun partaking in TOUGH MUDDER with my friends. Bring it on. Lets get dirty.

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