Where am I now? Assessing my progress.

Sign saying 'Please stay on trail'

Just over five months ago, I came up with a basic five year strategy: http://fatgirltoironman.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/failure-to-plan-is-like-planning-to-fail/

Year Swimming Cycling Running Triathlon
2013 800m swim √ 42k cycletta or 82k Marathon Novice – Newbury
2014 1600m swim 63 mile sportive (IoW) Marathon Sprint
2015 2k swim 86 mile sportive Marathon Olympic
2016 3k swim 100 mile sportive Marathon Half Ironman
2017 4k swim 127 mile sportive (Chichester) Marathon Half Ironman
2018 2.4 miles/3.9k 112miles/180k 26.2 miles Ironman

I thought I should assess my progress so far…


I’ve just got one swimming lesson left, and then I’m going to move on to doing swimfit (and am even considering having diving lessons, although that might be a challenge for 2014). I’ve managed to swim 1750m in the lake and in a swimfit class I managed to do 1400m in just under an hour. I successfully completed a 1200m sea swim in Fowey. I’ve also learned how to do tumble turns and am determined to perfect them by the end of the year 🙂


On Friday I am doing the Garmin Sharp Ride Out, which is 50 miles long (80.4km). Next summer I would like to do some time trials, so that I can compare my speed with others. I’ve completed a few long (30 miles+) bike rides, but I think I really need to work on my cycling. Doing 10k to and from work every day is good, but it’s not enough.


In just under a fortnight, I’ll be doing the New Forest marathon. I don’t think I’ve trained as well as I should have for it, but I believe I can complete the distance. I will allow myself a couple of weeks to recover form it and then I want to start working on my 5k and 10k times.


At the end of the month I will do my first triathlon at HOWSC. As usual, I’ve gone for the value for money option, so I’m doing the sprint distance instead of the novice distance. My goal is to complete it, rather than to worry about the time. I am likely to find it hard as it is so close to the marathon. I will then have a a fortnight to recover before doing Ferndown Try-a-Tri.

So, to sum up, by mid-October I’m hoping to have completed most of my goals for the year, and have build a firm base for achieving next year’s goals. I’m not complacent, but my ultimate goal is starting to seem like it may just be achievable. Now I just need to tackle my poor nutrition…

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