What a killer year! (so far…)

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Final leg of the Storm the castle duathlon!

Well well well, what a year 2017 has been so far! Loads of training, loads of events some fundraising (more needed!!!), travel and tons of fun.

Its been a fair while since I last posted anything and that’s down to having to prioritise what I get up to. Juggling work, training, family and travel something has to give at some point and until now its been the blogging. We have also been really busy with something else but more details to follow on that once its all done and dusted.

Some of you may also know I’m a little dyslexic so writing can take me a little longer and the effort for Rachael to proof read (re-write) everything also needs to be taken into account!

On to the more interesting stuff! At the start of the year I figured it’s about time to do something for charity again. The last thing I did was way back in 2011 when I cycled from Bristol to Rome as part of the Rome Project, it was epic!! This time around I decided to do something a little different, so over the course of 2017 I’m doing 14 (possibly 15) different sporting events. These range from 10k’s to duathlon’s to marathons and pretty much everything in between. More details can be found on my just giving page here. Please feel generous and donate what ever you can, it’s for a great cause.

Events

So far this year Rachael and I have taken on quite a number of events and added rather nicely to our medal collections. I somehow even managed to add a trophy to the collection, which I’m super happy about. Events tackled so far:

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  • Fitstuff G3 10k (completed in Jan) This was a birthday present for Rachael (I know what an excellent present right? We had to get up mega early and travel through thick fog half way across the UK to run and especially cold 11k with a fair number of hills)
  • Evans south Bristol sportive (completed in Feb) Rachael’s first outing on her new Wiggle bike
  • Bath Half Marathon (March) new half PR 1:36 something
  • Storm The Castle Duathlon (April) first duathlon tough but really great event and got to finish in a castle so cool
  • Oldbury White Horse Sprint Triathlon (April) first ever tri, thought I was going to die from start to finish
  • Bristol 10k (May) new 10k PR 41:28
  • Sri Tri – Sprint Triathlon (May) managed 3rd in the mens’ category and got my trophy whoop whoop
  • Chew Valley 10k (June) really lovely event, my time wasn’t what I wanted it to be due to some gardening taking place the week before causing my hamstrings to be  in pieces!

 

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3 races in 3 weeks

All in all a rather smashing list of events so far! Still to come are these beauties:

  • Newham 10k at the Olympic Park (July) did this one last year hoping for slightly better time of it i.e. not missing my bus at 4am and then setting off way too fast and basically melting the whole way around, it was super hot last year. Hoping to enjoy the Olympic stadium finish a bit more this time
  • Wiggle Super Series Cotswolds Sportive 2017 (July) nice ride for the week before my birthday
  • Tough Mudder South West (August) opposite to the Newham 10k I’m really hoping for better weather on this one this time around it was bloody freezing last year, still great fun and will be a chance to catch up with some of the guys I used to work with at Vodafone
  • Woburn Abbey Olympic Tri  (September) First ever Olympic distance tri, this will be where I realise that I probably wont make the ITU circuit…
  • Eden Project Half Marathon (September) enjoyed this killer hilly half last year, hoping my parents actually get around to seeing me finish this time… Will also be using this as a final training session for the:
  • Dublin Marathon (October), yeah a marathon, said I would never do one of these so thanks Mark for this…
  • Final event will be the Western Christmas cracker

Training

Training on the whole has been pretty good, no significant injures – just time constraints. Having decided to do so many events this year it has been pretty full on just keeping up with them. This has meant training has at times been patchy, back in April/May I had 3 events back to back so not much training during that period or for a week or so after to ensure full recovery.

I did have one slight injury concern, I thought possibly a stress fracture (hypochondriac? maybe) but it’s always worth getting checked out as soon as possible to make sure you’re ok. After a little research I headed over to the Bristol Physiotherapy Clinic at VIVO Sports.

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Had an excellent, friendly and professional service from Alex who checked me over did a full gait analysis. Results were that I had early onset of shin splits, probably from the increased exercise load and very limited stretching I had been doing. Alex gave me a program of exercise and stretches to go through which seem to have done the trick! If your looking for a physio and are in the Bristol area I highly recommend Alex, even had a nice follow up email to check how things where going, nice touch.

New Shoes

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Every runner’s perfect anniversary present has to be new shoes right? And that’s exactly what I got. After one year with Rachael she still wanted to buy me a present, result! What a cracking present it was too some fancy new Saucony Mens Ride 9 runners from running shop Moti boom!!

What’s next

On to the next event, Great Run’s Newham 10k at the Olympic park. Such a cool race as you get to see all the sights around the Olympic park and finish in the stadium itself. Looking to beat last year’s time, which should be achievable as it was rather a hot day and I missed my bus.

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