Training for the Canute Duathlon - a Beginner's Journey

A couple of emails from Helen and Vicky last week have really helped to spur me on!!! I'm learning that positive thinking really does help!

So here's what I've been up to this last week!

Monday - Just Pilates today - someone forgot to send the 'easier week' memo to the instructor and we were given some end of term challenges which were *almost* on a par with "Torture Tuesdays"!

Tuesday - After a good dose of wise words and encouragement I hit the turbo with renewed enthusiasm and smashed my previous efforts. Put through our paces again in Strength & Conditioning. It was great doing the little tests to see where we are at and it will be interesting to see how we fair against today's benchmark next time.

Wednesday - Out with Run Knutsford, another fun evening and great to see the progress other members are making whilst also going 14 mins over my Wednesday target.

Thursday - Up early to complete a shorter bike run session, it's hard work getting out of bed (I'm not a morning person!) but I always feel a lot better for it and it's nice headed into the day knowing that I've already got something ticked off. Barre in the evening before the start of a long weekend.

Friday - Rest day and a day off work!

Saturday - I struggled to motivate myself to get started, but finally mid-afternoon coaxed myself onto the turbo and then out for a run. The original plan was to get out on the road but it just wasn’t happening so I've planned a swap for next week’s brick session which I'll do on Monday, outside, no excuses! The run went well, I tried a new route which was a single loop which I realised (much to my initial horror) has a steady incline part way round. I had a little think, realised it was probably a good thing really and took the opportunity to practice a bit of positive thinking which I think really worked. Maybe that's something I need to focus on over the next few weeks.

Sunday - A second rest day!!  I've been spoilt this week! :-)

The easier week has given me a bit of recovery time but has still kept me busy. Think it arrived just at the right time and a last push of 3 weeks seems achievable … well almost… no it IS achievable. I AM going to do this!!!