18 months into my 5 year challenge… what have I achieved?
September 23, 2014
|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|
Swimming – goal: 1600m – surpassed!
I feel like I’ve made significant progress over the last six weeks to two months. Back in April, I did a 400m time trial and managed to swim it in 9:30. I would love to repeat this now as I’m confident that I could beat that time. Coach Peter has timed me doing 25m in 25, which is a massive improvement. Several people have commented that they think I’m getting faster. I wouldn’t say that my technique is good yet, but I’m finally getting to grips with breathing. I’ve persevered and with the help of Huw (and the stress of sea swimming), I’m now starting to believe that I might one day be able to swim 3.8k in 2:20. In June, I managed to swim 1.54 miles in 1:23 at the Big Cove swim.
Cycling – goal: 63-mile sportive – achieved!
In April, I completed the Wiggle Spring Sportive (100.74km) and at the end of August, I cycled 100km in Cornwall with Stuart and Donna. When I set my goals, I had a specific sportive in mind. I did not do a 63 mile sportive on IoW, but I am confident that I can cycle the distance having done the other 100km rides, so I am going to count that as a success… especially as teh Cornish ride was at least as hilly as the IoW!
Running – goal: marathon – achieved!
In April, I ran Brighton Marathon. My time was a little disappointing (4:39:44), but I was unwell and had not trained to my full potential, so this is far better than I expected.
Triathlon – goal: sprint – surpassed!
This is the one goal that I leapt ahead on. I completed a sprint triathlon back in April (Good Fri Tri) as well as Eastleigh Open Water (sprint) Tri in June. I did two Olympic distance triathlons in Weymouth this summer (GU Classic in July and Weymouth Classic in August) and then I soared past my goal to finish Weymouth Half last week.
Revising my goals
I think it is probably time for me to revise my original goals. Obviously, an Ironman is still my ultimate goal, but I think the swimming targets are a little soft. I regularly swim over 2k in an hour and my longest swim this year was 2.67km. I’m considering entering a 5km lake swim next year, although I may find it a little boring.
I need to persevere with cycling, but I think that with some good mileage over winter and a new-found friend in my turbo trainer, I should be able to complete a 100-mile event next year.
My running aim is the one that is most challenging. I’m not sure that I have the motivation/desire to run a marathon whilst I’m struggling so badly with my breathing. I really want to focus on my speed and achieve a 5k PB and get a great time (ideally a PB) at Southampton Half Marathon in April, so I may choose not to focus on doing a marathon next year.
The area where I still feel that I am failing is my nutrition and weight loss. I am an emotional eater and this year has been a rollercoaster for me. I’m also struggling with having a huge workload, which means that by the time I’ve finished training, I’m too tired to spend a lot of time preparing food. I know that unless something changes, I will never be successful in this area, so I’m going to spend a bit of time planning ahead and preparing to try to get me back on track.
I want to do another half iron triathlon next year. Challenge Weymouth was fantastic, so I may enter the event again and aim for a PB, or I may do Ironman 70.3 in Dublin. As soon as I’ve made a decision, I’ll share it here!