Post marathon update 

Posted on March 14, 2016 8:59 am

It’s been nearly three weeks since my last post. Sorry. Where has the time gone?! 

Week one post marathon was a write off. I didn’t do anything until the following Sunday – a quick jog & hour swim. I was shattered!

Week two was better but I was still v tired. Managed a few decent workouts. By the end of week two I felt pretty much back to normal & my physio said I was in great shape. A relief given my foot pain – I’ve been getting cramps in my toes when I get up but they’re getting lighter. 

Week three didn’t see me going back to my usual training but I had a few decent workouts – my gym’s pool was closed most the week & I had a bit of quad/hamstring pain so took a couple days off. I didn’t managed to swim once last week. 

I’m still struggling to get up in the mornings – it’s got to change this week as I’m busy most evenings. The triathlon is now just two months away & I’ve got so much to learn/improve on! Eekk. 

I’ve been feeling really anxious & not being able to train properly the last few weeks hasn’t helped. Luckily, I won’t need any time off after my next race on Sunday (already!) as it’s just a half marathon. Paris marathon is in 3 weeks & I’ll need a couple weeks off after that, eating into precious training time. Bummer. I don’t think I planned this all v well. Points to note for next year…! 

I think I underestimated how hard learning two new sports in such a short time would be. Yes, I knew how to swim & cycle but not for racing or even around cars/other people. I hadn’t been on a bicycle for over 10 years & hadn’t owned once since I was a kid. 

Don’t judge me but I’m effectively learning from scratch; a complete novice trying to master the basics! 

Ive had to make a list of basics to conquer -this weekend I was learning how to cycle out of the saddle. I did it! Gingerly at first & only managed an inch but enough to get the confidence to try again. Within a few minutes I was out, up & even pedalling (unsteadily) a bit. Whoop. I’ll continue practising this weekend and working on those hill reps – I’ve so many to choose from near me! Then I’ve got to work out my gears – which to use & when. As I said: the basics! 

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