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OMG! Thank you supporters :-D

17 Nov

It’s been a couple of weeks since I heard this news, but so much has been happening (the little matter of moving house immediately followed by a holiday/training camp) that I’ve not had much time to blog.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU AMAZING PEOPLE, I WAS VOTED SPORTS BLOGGER OF THE YEAR IN THE BLOGGING EDGE 2015 UK BLOG AWARDS!!!

2015 UK Blog Awards Sports Blog Winner

I am immensely grateful to everyone who voted for me, and even more so to all of the people who endure my blogging addiction – in particular my partner, Stu, who is neglected whilst I type on our sofa, and my running and cycling friends who have to endure multiple selfies on each excursion ‘for my blog’ (the swimmers are spared that torture!) It really is an honour that so many of you cared enough to vote for me 😀

This news has just been topped off by finding out that I am one of five finalists in another Blogging Award:

Bloggers’ Lounge Blogger of the Year 2015 Awards: Health and Fitness Blogger of the Year

Bloggers' Lounge Finalist - Health and Fitness

Bloggers’ Lounge Finalist – Health and Fitness

I know I’ve spent the last few weeks asking for your support, but I’m hoping that you will support me once again – every click counts! http://bloggers-lounge.co.uk/bloggers-of-the-year/blogger-of-the-year-2015/

It feels like so much is falling into place at the moment, and I’ve so many exciting plans for 2016 (which will all be shared on here very soon!) As I believe that good things come in threes, I’ve decided to push my luck just a little bit further…

I've just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Don’t worry – if anything comes of it, I won’t be asking for your votes until at least next year 😉

Planning for 2016 and some new kit

23 Oct

There are so many exciting things happening in the next two weeks that I’m going to have to work hard to find enough time for blogging.

Exciting thing number one is a new training location taking shape – there will be a sneaky glimpse next week, but you’ll have to keep following if you want more than a peek! The other excitement is a week dedicated to warm weather training 😀 There are also just eight days left until the end of the Tri Club Merit table – I’ve given it my best shot, but I think it’s too late for me to do much more – fingers crossed that I manage to cling on in the top three as Ian’s not going down without a fight and probably has a few things up his sleeve! Also there are only six days left until voting closes in the Blogging Edge 2015 Awards… and they’ve given me a lovely icon to display on my blog.

2015 UK Blog Awards finalist

My training has been a bit mixed up this week, but I’ve been busy planning, so it should all fall into place soon.

On Monday evening, I went to STC’s swimming session. We did a lot of technique work with fins and then we had to work on our swolf scores (stroke count and time for 50m). I’ve been working really hard on my stroke count and was pleased to be able to consistently swim under 20 strokes per length, with many lengths at 16 strokes! We had to count our swolf three times – I managed 85, 87 and 86. We were told that we should improve each time, but I think I was reasonably consistent 🙂

On Tuesday morning I went to the SUTRI strength and conditioning session with Coach Olly from Solent Athlete.  We did loads of lunges.

20 Oct Crossfit

That’s me on the right with the green shoes carefully studying Olly’s technique ©Olly Drew

22 Oct crossfit

We also worked on what I would call ‘dishes’, but Olly calls ‘hollow holds’ – fortunately, we’re not made to do dish/arch rolls, which I used to find tough at gymnastics. The last part of the session was 6x 2 lengths of walking lunges. It sounds easy, but by Wednesday afternoon my legs were in agony!

Thursday morning’s session was based around deadlifts, which gave my achy legs a rest. I really wanted to do well, but (like on Tuesday) I felt really light-headed and faint, which isn’t great when you’re trying to pick up heavy things. I didn’t feel too bad after the session, but my arms and shoulders have been a bit tired today.

I really love doing the SUTRI training sessions, even though all of the others are so much younger and slimmer than me – it’s definitely a motivation for me to train harder. I’ve put in an order for some kit, so that I can represent the team at parkrun and other events. I wish that I’d had more opportunities to join sports clubs at uni as I might be so much healthier now if I’d been sportier 15 years ago.

On Thursday evening, Liz ‘parcels from America’ Carter came around with my new SOAS kit. It felt like Christmas. I ripped open the parcels and admired my goodies.

Barcelona Nights crop top Barcelona Nights shorts Sunset cliffs sports bra Sunset Cliffs shorts Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 22.42.02

I still want to get the run tights in Sunset Cliffs and Barcelona Nights and would love to have the Sunset Cliffs cycling jersey. I’m wondering whether more items will be released in the Aquarius collection soon – I’m sure I saw some tights on instagram… and a crop top… and a totally awesome bikini. That’s all the incentive I need to get my nutrition plans back on track.

This evening, Olly and Sam came around to help me plan my races for next year and also do some general training planning. I’m still waiting to find out whether I have got a place in some popular races, but I know what my main events are. Probably the most important weekend for me will be when I tackle the Long Course Weekend in Wales.

I agreed with Olly and Sam that I’d post my general weekly schedule as it helps to keep me accountable:

Autumn 2015 training plan

I’ve also been talking to LRR about a possible return to coaching, but it’s all going to depend on whether I can complete an assessment day… unfortunately, there aren’t many and most of them are a long way from Southampton 😦

I’m also excited that I’m going to be trying out some indoor cycling with Brightside next week. I don’t really know what to expect, so watch this space!

Finally, I’ve managed to find a few minutes to watch things online:

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Blogging Edge 2015 UK Blog Awards

8 Oct
Blogging Edge UK Blog Awards 2015

Blogging Edge UK Blog Awards 2015

I had the most amazing email today:

You were nominated by readers in the Blogging Edge 2015 UK Blog Awards and we’ve selected you as one of the 5 finalists in the Sport category. Congratulations!

People can vote for you at http://bloggingedge.com/blogging-edge-2015-uk-blog-awards/ until 29th October. You just need to click Sport on the right and then find yourself on the map.

Isn’t that awesome? Thank you so much to whoever nominated me! It is such an honour. It would really make my day month year, if you would vote for me. Thank you x