Relay Sprint Triathlon. Check.

Again, as part of my ‘Things’ to do, I’ve committed myself to complete a full sprint triathlon. Eeek. In practice for this, I decided I’d do a relay sprint the weekend gone by. I did the cycle element, my sister did the run and my cousin did the swim.

 

We headed off to Rosses Point in County Sligo on Sunday morning. As you can see above, it’s quite the scenic spot.

The event started at 9 am on Sunday morning. The sky was grey and dark as I woke in the morning and it was quite windy. Nerves were high. But all went relatively well in the end. As our first relay sprint, we had hoped to finish in 1 hr 20 mins, but we finished in 1 hr 28 mins, which isn’t all that bad considering. I did the cycle in 45:32, which I was happy enough with.

I’m not sure how I feel about completing a full triathlon. I think I must be nuts? But it’s a challenge and it’s one I would really like to succeed at. I’m going to try my hardest to train and put in the effort to aim to do it towards the beginning of next year’s triathlon season. Swimming will be my downfall. I used to be quite a strong swimmer. But over the years, I’ve become more wary of water for various reasons and I’m not sure I can build up the courage to swim 750 meters in the sea. I don’t like to get out of my depth in the water anymore, once I can touch the bottom I feel pretty secure, but I’m very nervous in the sea or lakes. I do think it’s a matter of overcoming this fear and training to get back to the strong swimmer I used to be. Therefore hitting two birds with one stone – I also need to overcome one fear as part of the ‘Things’! 😉

I’ve put my training program together. It’s an 11 week program. Hoping to complete this twice before the tri season begins, so I will be well fit for my first ever full sprint triathlon. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

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The final list. Now, time to complete

Well here’s the list. As I mentioned here, there’s a couple of things I’d like to accomplish before I enter my thirties. All 101 things I have to complete in the next 548 days. It’s going to be a busy time!

  1. Complete sprint triathlon
  2. Cycle tour in Ireland
  3. Go to Wimbledon & French Open – complete all 4 grand slams! 🙂
  4. Donate blood
  5. Join a book club
  6. Read 40 books
  7. Watch 101 movies
  8. Make homemade ice-cream
  9. Try Bikram Yoga
  10. Make homemade gifts
  11. Change career
  12. Learn Spanish
  13. Perfect 5 desserts
  14. Go to Glastonbury
  15. Host themed fancy dress party
  16. Godfather marathon
  17. Quit smoking
  18. Buy a good camera
  19. Quit Facebook for a month
  20. Volunteer for a charity
  21. Brew my own beer
  22. Visit Amsterdam
  23. Create a blog
  24. Climb a high mountain (>1000m)
  25. Stay at a 5* hotel (on personal time!)
  26. Make my own jam
  27. Go vegetarian for a month
  28. Take a long haul holiday
  29. Go to Russia
  30. Visit Stockholm
  31. Go fishing
  32. Win big in Las Vegas!
  33. Dance till sunrise in Ibiza!
  34. Do a cookery course in Spain
  35. Make a time capsule
  36. Climb Carrauntoohil
  37. Answer the “50 Questions that will free your mind”
  38. Making something with my sewing machine
  39. Have a family portrait taken
  40. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  41. Learn to roll sushi
  42. Grow my own vegetables
  43. See Radiohead in concert
  44. Hire Volkswagen camper
  45. Guinness Storehouse
  46. Adopt a dog
  47. Go white water rafting
  48. Cruise on the River Shannon
  49. Alton Towers
  50. Overcome one fear
  51. Create family photo album
  52. Swim with dolphins
  53. Go whale watching
  54. Surf again
  55. Take golf lessons
  56. Have Harry Potter movie marathon party
  57. Visit Tate Modern
  58. Learn a card trick
  59. Go to a musical
  60. Write a short story
  61. Learn national anthem
  62. Learn all countries of the world and their capitals
  63. Bowl 10 strikes in a row – not on the Wii!!! 😉
  64. Be able to hold a conversation in Irish
  65. Learn a martial art
  66. Day in a spa
  67. Go to Dublin Zoo
  68. Draw a picture
  69. Lord of the Rings trilogy
  70. Bake Sourdough from scratch
  71. Picnic at midnight
  72. Visit the Cotswolds
  73. Make macaroons
  74. Throw a ‘grown up’ 3 course dinner party
  75. Save at least 6 months living expenses
  76. Buy my own house – or at least be living on my own
  77. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
  78. Take a dress making course
  79. Skydive, again?
  80. Complete Grade 5 piano exam
  81. Learn Origami
  82. Go Wwoofing
  83. Dye my hair an outrageous colour
  84. Take my parents our to dinner and pay for it
  85. See Des Bishop live
  86. Be on the road to setting up my own business
  87. Go mountain biking
  88. Ride a Segway
  89. Learn to salsa
  90. Have plan in place to go long-term travelling again (Asia and South America for at least 6 months)
  91. Get a tattoo
  92. Make jewellery
  93. Send a message in a bottle
  94. Windsurfing
  95. Go rock climbing
  96. Learn a programming language
  97. Road trip of the Antrim Coast
  98. Learn to juggle
  99. Make pasta from scratch
  100. Reminisce on previous 29 birthdays
  101. Complete this list before I’m 30! 😉

Where to start?!  🙂

Triathlon on the horizon….

A year or so ago, I got a full health check through work, only to find that unknowns to myself, my BMI was boarding on high. I was overweight. I think subconsciously I knew before I went for the health check, but for some reason was in denial. I didn’t want to face up to facts and this was just the kick I needed to get myself into shape and get fit. I wasn’t obese and wasn’t seriously overweight, but as a 27 year old, I wasn’t fit and was quite unhealthy in terms of my diet routine. Up to then I was allergic to exercise. The most exercise I got on a daily basis was walking the stairs to my third floor bedroom.

I bought a bicycle on the “Cycle to Work” scheme and enrolled myself in some Spin classes at ProZone Fitness and haven’t looked back since. As torturous as it was to begin with, I’ve actually become quite a fan of Spin.  Coming from a level of ZERO fitness, believe me, the first two or three classes were actual torture. But once you persevere and overcome those initial couple days when it’s agony to move your legs, or it pains to sit down, it’s worth it. One of my favourite things about Spin is the way it makes me push myself. As a naturally lazy person, it would be very easy to do an exercise that doesn’t really challenge me, one that is comfortable but not very effective. But Spin isn’t like that. I see everyone else in the room working 100% and it pushes me to reach my 100%.

I’ve seen great results and have lost 9 kgs in about 10 months. I was stuck on a plateau for the past two months or so, but have finally surpassed it this week and am now only 1.5 kgs off my target weight! I had to completely overhaul my diet. As one of our Spin instructors says, it’s 80% diet, 20% exercise. I never ate much junk food or sweet things to begin with, my problem was my portion sizes. Mammoth portions and eating late in the evening. And fizzy drinks. Much too much Lucozade. I’ve since started eating smaller portions and eat dinner at lunch time. Spinning or cycling in the evening and having a small tea after exercise at about 7:30.

I don’t believe in obsessive calorie counting. But it’s good to keep track every now and then to make sure I’m not slipping off the rails again. I started to use MyFitnessPal, which proved very valuable and effective. MyFitnessPal allows you to track your daily food intake and exercise regime. It’s a handy way to keep track of your daily progress, so that you can gauge how much you can eat etc in a day.  

Everyone needs to have some sort of goal when it comes to fitness. Mine, initially, was to lose weight. But now, I need to maintain my current weight, while also having a new goal in sight. Earlier this year, while talking with my sister and cousin (both fitness fanatics  😉  ), I somehow signed myself up for a relay triathlon. So we’re doing it  😕

We’ve signed up to the Rosses Point sprint triathlon on the August Bank Holiday weekend and I’m doing the cycling element. Scary. It’s only 20km. Not a huge distance in the grand scheme of things. But training has been difficult especially with recent weather conditions. I’m hoping, just hoping, that I might be able to get my time down to 40 minutes on the day. I’m hovering at around 43 minutes at the moment, but would be nice to get it down to the 40. Fingers crossed with another 10 days of intense training, it might just be possible!  😉