....KONA BABY! The last few weeks have been great - they are probably how I should have been training throughout the winter when I was feeling blue and eating my body weight in cheesecake. Matthew and I have started going to a tri swim session at the gym. Although everyone is much faster than me, at least now I sometimes finish the drills in the hour and it's good to chat to other people about events and get some swimming tips. It's very informal, with everyone starting at different times and a little race to finish and get in the jacuzzi first. I have completed the full swimming ironman distance a couple of times as well so I know I can get under 2 hours in the pool, but it would be nice to get quite a bit faster to give me a safety net and ideally more bike time. My bike nightmare continued into February. I had a 3rd bike fit at a local bike shop which was as bad as ever. Numb hands, nerve pain in lower back, saddle sore. In utter frustration I got some advice from friends and reviewed every bike shop that stocked Bianchis. I finally found a brilliant bike shop (Cycle Care - High Wycombe- thanks Guys x). Despite my previous 2 retül fits and an ordinary bike fit, it was finally proven that my Boardman was just much too big. Cycle Care had the patience to set up different bikes for me to sit on and see for myself what was comfortable. Wow!! I instantly knew which one was the right size and when I compared the measurements on the Boardman I could see it was too big in the frame and the width of the handlebars. I have no idea why all the others had tried so hard to make my old bike fit me? I had frequently asked if it was the right size and been reassured several times that it was just the set up. I've since cycled back over to the shop in High Wycombe (on my own) (over a big hill) where not only did they satisfy all my bike needs but also made me a cup of tea and really made me feel welcome. It's a bit confusing as the proprietor there is also called Simon so I have to call him #bikeshopsimon, so as not to be confused with coach Simon. Simon (#bestcoachever) has also made me do some TrainerRoad programmes on my turbo. These are really good and probably the only time I push myself hard but well worth the small subscription. So the bike leg is slowly coming together - I've not cycled 100 miles yet but I'm slowly building up my distance and confidence so hopefully it will be doable. I can't say I'm that much faster but I am soooo....much more comfortable. I have been working hard on a run/walk strategy. I can see from my Garmin that I struggle as soon as my heart rate goes above 140. If it gets above 150 I just don't recover. I think that although I have lost 30kg in weight I might still have the heart condition of a fat person; maybe that just takes a bit longer to recover? Although walk/run means I'm slow, at least I can keep going. I've done this for 3 hours now, but haven't tested it over a marathon distance. I can see that all these small improvements have come from a few weeks of being consistent in my training. Matthew is always consistent, however much he has going on he sets his targets and then does them. I'm not sure if it's just me or a female thing but I can usually be consistent for about a week and then my hormones rage - and I crash & burn and take to my bed. I've been working so hard on prioritising my balance I think that has been the main difference with this recent training block. Really reducing my stress. Doing no housework, drinking less coffee, trying to sleep more etc. My Garmin 910 had been playing up and losing sessions so I invested in the new 920. The features are great and with such an improved battery life I can wear it as a watch so it measures activity throughout the day. It's really helped my weight loss as my net calorie data is so much more accurate. I'm definitely eating much more now on some days and much less on others based on the overall activity adjustment rather than basing the calculation on simply the formal training hours. It's a shame it doesn't really work properly all the time, it seems to just make up the elevations, doesn't link properly to my fitness pal, randomly records swim data etc. The customer support from Garmin is beyond shocking so there was no help from them. Luckily I bought mine from Wiggle and I know they will exchange it but it means having nothing for at least 2 weeks which I don't really want to do at this stage of my training. If I had these problems with my phone I'd have a new one in my hand the next day. Anyway... I'm glad that everything is coming together as I've just found out that ............I'M GOING TO KONA !!!!!!......., I just can't believe it. Kate can't believe it. Matthew can't believe it. The kids are disappointed because for a while there they thought I'd won the real lottery. Once they realised it was to do another ironman - they rolled their eyes and went back to the telly. So... This makes it even more important to crack Reading Half this week and then the JT 169 in a couple of weeks. I've got to know I'm on the way to being ironman ready as there is now even more at stake.
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