In all the craziness of studying nursing and recently with assignments and exams plus work, eating literally anything and everything and little training, I kind of missed being able to train.
I mean I could have fit it in, and I did do bits and pieces but if I had raced my goal race this year which was forster 70.3, I think I would have lost the plot. I would have been a zombie, literally working, training, studying and sleeping. Hence changing my goals.
As above, I’ve been super busy. I’ve made the decision that I won’t be doing Triathlon for the current season due to limited time to train for three sports- four if you count transition.
So instead of triathlon this season, i done something totally CRAZY-
Yup. I signed up for UTA50. That’s 50KM trail running through the amazing blue mountains of NSW with some crazy elevation.
I honestly have done no formal training since UTA22 this year. And I’ll still stand by my word that it was the hardest race I’ve ever done- I was almost physically spent- with the worst cramps in my legs I’ve ever experienced within metres of the finish.
Im hoping to get some base training in this year (somehow fit it in with placement). From December should see me with slightly more time to fit everything in.
Heres to another crazy journey and not pooping my pants along the way! 👌🏼
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted. In that time a lot has happened but not really.
I WON 3rd place in my age group at Maitland Tri Club for the season as well as MOST IMPROVED FEMALE!!! I was totally NOT expecting to have won most improved at all. Totally blown away!
My dream of Forster 70.3 is yet to be postponed again.
Reason being is I have been accepted into study Enrolled Nursing which is three days a week and have changed my work to three days with Sunday as my rest day. I can’t even begin to comprehend trying to fit all this in as well as 11 weeks of clinic over the next twelve months for my course AND training for a half.
At first I was just really overwhelmed with trying to make it work until someone said well there’s always next year. It never even occurred to me to just postpone.
My aim is to still do my local home club racing at Maitland and perhaps a couple at the other hunter clubs. Maybe a few trail runs. Not committing to anything big will give me flexibility with my training- I know I can wing a club race if need be with minimal training. It wouldn’t be fast but I’d finish.
Next up is hopefully Dungog Dash and Dawdle, which as the name states is in the rural town of Dungog and is a trail/cross country 6/12/21km run. I’m thinking of doing the half but it will be slow- they have bling so it’s worth it!!
I received my TriMafia kit in the mail earlier this week- it’s pink, purple and blue and totally badass! I can’t wait to race in it! Hopefully it makes me faster 🙊
💉💊 Some exciting news regarding my UC-at my last specialist appointment around a fortnight ago, my Dr was really impressed with how well I have been and my test results. I will still have to have another scope at the end of the year to check my nasty polyps as I’m a high cancer risk because I was flaring so long. Here’s hoping he can take those bad boys out!!
Heres a snap of Oscar just because he is gorgeous!
I will endeavour to keep my blog updated 😉
The last three days have felt like a drunken three week bender from my lack of sleep. So much happening in a short space of four days. My pace22 on Friday and Grants 100 the next day…
Thursday we left for Katoomba. It was nice at home, around 24 degrees. Arriving in Katoomba the temperature dropped to around 14 degrees with massive winds. It was freezing.
After checking out the three sisters and race check in for the Ultra Trail Pace 22, we headed to our apartment and I cooked my pre race meal- steak and Dianne sauce. It went down a treat.
Packing my race vest, I packed everything I could, should or would need. I haven’t ran a half since November last year and my run training has been minimal with maybe four runs in the Watagans this year meaning my prep for the UTA pace22 wasn’t good.
Sunday morning we drove to race briefing where I met Libby and Kathleen then jumping on buses to be taken to the Queen Victoria Hospital start. This is also CP5 for the hundred.
It was cool in the morning but not too bad. The start came quicker than anticipated but I wasn’t nervous- the worst that could happen is that I walk, and I had 7 hours to do that.
Before we knew it the race was on. Kathleen, Libby and I all started together at an easy pace. Before we knew it we were walking up inclines that I wasn’t even aware of around the start. Kedumba was up next and it was a never ending fire trail road going down. Libby and I discussed if we would hate the downhill more than uphill as it just punishes your knees and quads. We decided at this point the downhill would be the worst. Reaching Jamison Valley we were pretty excited to have reached the valley floor although this meant that we had only one way to go and that was up. We had some happy snaps just after the river crossing and were feeling fresh after 8km or so down in just over an hour. We were flying. By this stage Kathleen was in front of us as she has this amazing ability to fly down hills (I’m too scared I’ll fall flat on my face, as I have demonstrated several times at cross country)
Looking up leaving the dry river was not what I expected. I has heard how bad this was going to be but I don’t think I ever visualised it. This was a never ending hill- and it hurt to just walk it.
Every few hundred meters people were stopped on the side of the track sitting down or hunched over. Some I weren’t sure if they would even make it.
I was huffing and puffing with my hands on my hips. Libby looked fresh as and I’m pretty sure she was just waiting for me. Somehow we made it to the emergency checkpoint and shoved in chips and lollies before heading to Leura forest via the old sewerage treatment works timing point followed by a muddy delicious swamp we had to go thru. Leura forest was cool compared to the fire trails and was mostly single track, undulating and quiet dark. I had to check a few times to see if I had my glasses on (they change to clear in low light anyhow but had to check). There was a fair few stairs and water crossings mixed up with some mud and a lot of stepping stones. We were able to jog along most of this section. It was a bit of a cat and mouse with Kaylene as she is faster on the downhills than I am but I seem to catch her with the inclines. After somewhat leaving Leura forest started some long stairs, even though I hadn’t seen a sign for Furber stairs I figured these must be it. Some stairs were short and some long paired with some parts you could get a little jog up. A couple of sections of this and some actual stairs with handrails I thought we must be nearly at the finish. Soon enough we hit a checkpoint with some crew to be told that Furber starts now. Fuck. I had been getting some cramps for the last few km but was able to keep running but hoped my calves would keep up for this next challenge. Every set of stairs I hammered up them followed closely by Libby. Kathleen was a little behind as we passed her just before Furber.
My heart rate must have been skyrocketing as I was on the verge of vomiting so I had a few breaks on the stairs. My legs were cramping pretty bad too but with help from Lib I kept going. I think it was the second last lot of stairs my calves cramped so bad I couldn’t move so I tried to stretch for a few seconds before going up to just before the finish line. My calves had me stopped in my tracks and I couldn’t move. Libby grabbed my hand and we (somehow) ran to the finish. Maybe it was a fast hobble, I’m not sure.
So many people in the finish Shute were yelling out and cheering us- it felt like everyone was- I have no idea who everyone was, but Thankyou!
We crossed the line and got our medals and visors. Then I was stuck and couldn’t move. I had to do a very very slow penguin walk to the fence and was given a firm talking to by a crew member to have water and magnesium when I’m home. My legs uncramped and I was able to go get some churros and coke.
Originally my race goal was under 4 hours but after my last training run from Heaton to Mt Faulk I knew I was in trouble and quickly changed that goal to 5 hours of under. This would be my longest race of any sort. Even though it was 22km; the elevation was down thing I have never an before. Libby and I come in at 4:05:28 so I’m really stoked with the result.
A big Thankyou for Grant for being my Sherpa and helping me before and after the race, to Libby for holding back and running with me (I know you could have done it faster), Kathleen for also running with me- you’re a bloody champ!, Anastasia for house sitting and looking after furbaby Oscar while we are away racing and anyone from the Newcastle region of runners that gave encouragement, hi5s and advice along the way.
Looking back now I know that my nutrition leading up to the race as well as under training were to blame for my leg cramps, but I guess it all comes down to experience and learning what did and didn’t work. Up for the 50 next year Libby?
So my posts have been non existent and so has my training for the last few weeks. With UTA pace 22 in 11 days, I think I’m going to suffer!
Having no Garmin pretty much for the last 6 weeks has probably played a small part in why I haven’t trained plus me being lazy and tired.
I’ve managed a road run here and there and two long trail runs in the last month.
Yesterday was my worst trail run to date, I was up a lot Saturday night with nausea and vomiting so it probably wasn’t the best idea to back that up with a run yesterday anyhow. I felt tired, slow, a bit sick and if I had laid down I probably would have passed out. At times it was hard to even walk up some of the inclines- it was impossible for me to run it. Despite what I thought was a near death experience, I managed to do just over 18.5km.
This is me around the 4.5km mark, just before I bonked.
Heres hoping I can find some motivation in the next 11 days to maintain some sort of fitness to be able to get me thru what is the apparent hell of the UTA pace 22.
Watch this space!
So since my race on Sunday… What do I do now? I have no training plan and i can’t and don’t want to stop training, or maintaining my fitness level. I feel lost. I’ve still been following my training schedule for my Olympic loosely but I can’t do that forever..
I have Scody NSW club champs in three weeks then UTA Pace 22 on May 13 but it’s not exciting me that much. I want to swim, bike AND run- not just run.
Another thing- even before I finished my Olympic on Sunday I had already started to think of things I would do differently next time- what the hell is wrong with me! 😂
How is an average age grouper supposed to fit training in for a 70.3? Seriously! We try to meal prep and it was still a juggle to fit life in with me training for my Oly and Grant for UTA100!
Anyhow, I’m off to ponder all these things and figure out what training I should and want to do 🙊
Any advice would be fantastical ☺️
So I just want to have a little sook- most of last week and this week I am tired. Like so tired. Like I turn my alarm off and go back to sleep tired. This week I haven’t even wanted to train! I have mouth ulcers and I feel like shit.
I don’t know if it’s my training volume catching up with me (it’s a lot more than I usually do), my stupid UC or my new meds or a combination of all three 😦
I’ve missed a swim session and a Z2 hour brick this week but not as bad as I thought. Next week is half normal training and half taper which will drive me crazy.
I don’t know what I’ll do with myself after my race- I think I’ll try and keep up a lot of my training; maybe work on my base and Z2 training? Aaaaaand training for UTA22. It’s seriously so hard to fit in trail running AND triathlon!
Brick tomorrow after work and racing MTC on Sunday!
Never Stop. Ever
So I’ve just realised I haven’t posted for a bit! The days are just flying by at a rapid rate with my race less than 2 weeks away now!
Incase you missed my last post, I have been chosen to be an ambassador for TriMafia Velocity Sportswear! I cannot wait to get my hands on my new kit (see the pic below). They have the coolest shirts and hoodies etc too- time to stock up for winter! 🙊
I’m a little nervous about my race as I had THE worst brick on Sunday! My ride was fabulous and I felt fine.. Came home to drop my bike off and a quick change of clothes (my Tri kit won’t hold all the junk I carry for my rides) and set off on my run… I pretty much immediately felt like crap. I was walking within the 1st km. My legs felt heavy, I felt worse than I did at the 18k mark at my first half marathon and that was pretty bad! I was supposed to do a two hour run but I convinced myself to at least do 1.5 hours instead. My run ended up with me walking at least every km- I was getting stitches and my legs felt at least 20kg heavier each. It was so weird. I had my hydration vest with cold water but it didn’t matter how much I drank I still didn’t feel satisfied and all I could think of was a nice cold Coke!
I somehow managed to get to the 10km mark where I literally ended up laying on the ground in some shade and crying. I was about to call Grant to come get me but I knew I was only 2km away from home so I sucked it up and somehow got home. It was probably near 30C and past 11am so it was a warm day but I felt cold and like I had goosebumps at the end of my run so I don’t think I was in a good way. I honestly do not think I could have done the two hour run and I’m so glad I didn’t attempt it!
I can’t explain why I had such a bad run but I’m just going to put it down to a bad day as my other runs/bricks have been fine!
Tomorrow will start off with a small Z2 hour brick before a big day at work!
I will be ordering my TriMafia kit on Wednesday! I am SO EXCITED! It most likely won’t be here til towards the end of our Tri Season but hopefully I can wear it for UTA22 and for training before our season and training for Forster 70.3 kicks off!
This week is my last of my training load before a small taper before my race! I shall keep you updated how that goes!