I might have bitten off more than I can chew.
When I started this blog, I hoped it would be an upward trajectory of increasing awesomeness as I got closer to my ultimate goal of Ironman NZ.
Unfortunately it hasn’t quite turned out like that.
To give me some markers and things to aim for along the way, I signed up for a few races including the SMH Half Marathon, City to Surf, the Sydney Marathon and the Husky Olympic (with a view to adding more athletic endeavors as I go).
It all started well enough, taking ten minutes off my half marathon PB back in May.
But since then my nice settled existence has been somewhat disrupted, and all of a sudden early morning exercise has been replaced by boozing, eating out and not all that much in the way of sleep.
I have reassured myself that in the grand scheme of things, better to get it out my system now than when I am in full blown training lock down.
But it has left me with a bit of a dilemma – I now only have 8 weeks until the Sydney Marathon, having done next to no training, and the furthest I have ever run in one go is still 21km.
So at this point I basically have two options, do I A) sack it all in, or B) attempt to condense what should be a 16 week training program into half the time?
Obviously neither of those options is particularly appealing, as it is anything but a black or white decision. In fact, when I started writing this post I still wasn’t entirely sure either way.
But the more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that my ultimate goal is the Ironman and I would therefore much rather chalk this one down to experience than risk running at less than 100% and potentially setting myself back either physically or mentally (or both).
Highlight of the week: I am finally back in the game. Managed to do swim, run and bike sessions in a single week in the first time since forever.
Lowlight of the week: Realising just how much work my swimming needs. I did my first ever squad session on Saturday and it turns out everything I have been doing to date is the equivalent of a light jog around the block. Saying that, it was awesome fun and I can’t wait till next week.