Saturday, 12 January 2013
Triathlon Training: Week 1
As some of you may know I have entered the Yorkshire Triathlon which takes place on 7th July 2013. I decided that 2013 was going to be the year that I got fit and so why not sign up for a Triathlon for motivation???
I'm a Mummy of 2 and a body that looks and feels like it's had 2 babies. I thought I would share my training stories as I'm just a regular mum trying to get back into shape. I'm not a professional and most of the time I just make it up as I go along but I'm hoping beyond hope that it's enough to get me through July 7th. So here it is so far............
Monday 7th Jan 2013 - Gym Session
Well today was the first day of my training for my Triathlon. It's been a very long time since I've done any serious work so I was slightly nervous. My plan is to start off slowly and build up my strength after all I consider myself to be fairly unfit. I started with a 20 minute session on the Cross Trainer and started at level 1. I then moved on to a 1000m on the rowing machine and finished with 3k ride on the bike.
Thinking about it, it probably wasn't a lot but it felt liked I'd just climbed a mountain. I came away hurting and I like that feeling as I know I've worked hard. I started to stiffen up on my walk back to the car but I plan to have a nice soak in the bath to ease the muscles.
I've also decided to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet. Unfortunately I have my Mum's sweet tooth and for years I have always had 2 sugars in my tea and I have porridge with a thick layer of sugar on top. So I've decided to cut down to 1 sugar in my tea and have replaced sugar on my porridge with honey. It's going well so far and no cravings have kicked in just yet.
A rest day planned for tomorrow so the next update on Wednesday (if I feel brave enough to go back)
Wednesday 8th Jan 2013 - Moores Run
I had a lot on at work today and couldn't get away to get to the gym. I thought about leaving it for today as I was shattered after a crap day at work and ust felt like going home and catching up on Jeremy Kyle. As soon as I walked through my back door I felt guilty. I was dying to grab a choccy biscuit but I decided that if I took myself for a run then I could have a biscuit, so I threw on my trainers and headed up to the moores. If i'm totally honest this was one of the hardest runs I've done. I didn't expect the wind to be so cold and for a good part of the run I was running in to it and felt like a cartoon character who was running but not going anywhere. I only managed a few miles before heading back home. The bonus was I got to run in some amazing scenery which made it a bit easier to bear. I was only out for 30 minutes but again I felt like I'd worked hard.
Definitely will be having a rest day tomorrow as I'm not convinced my legs will work again for a while!!
Friday 11th Jan 2013 - Gym Session
After the run on Wednesday I felt brave enough to go into the gym after work as I was in no rush to get home with Sam being at his Grandma and Grandads. I was feeling a bit tired today and really not up for a monster session so I decided to do my Triathlon distance on the bike and see what time I got.
It was going well until I got to 7k and then I got a bit of a stitch. I probably should have stopped but decided to push through but it was killing me. At 10k my arse went totally numb and I made a mental note that padded pants were at the top of the list of things to buy. I managed to get to 12k and the buring in my thighs was pretty intense and combined with the numb butt I was struggling. At last the timer beeped at 13.5k and my god I've never been so relived to stop cycling.
It was the furthest I've cycled for a very very long time but I was quietly pleased that I managed to do it. I told myself that I wasn't bothered what time I got as the main thing is I did the whole distance but when the machine said I'd done it in 28mins 25 secs I was secretly pleased with myself.
I'm pretty sure I can beat that but until I'm ready to distroy the bike then I'll be happy if I can keep it under 30 minutes for now.
The sugar cravings have kicked in now and I have to confess to having a few chocolate bars today. I don't feel too guilty as I did go to the gym but I need serious help in staying off the sugar. Steve says I've not been too aggressive (phew) but feel I could turn murderous If I don't get over the cravings soon.
Join me next week to see how week 2 of the training goes........