Enjoy 'Matilda' Caro - the older sister of one of Kit's classmates played Matilda for 18 months. She finished last September; I think the parents were secretly relieved as the constant to-ing and fro-ing back and forth to central London nearly killed them. Hope you have a lovely time at Hayes Hill Farm - Eric will love it!
Boo that you are having to be so proactive but it's better than sitting around waiting for something to happen. Hope you manage to make contact with the nurse tomorrow - can't say I'm surprised that the referral from Whipps hasn't gone through though ...
Great idea to house-sit for everyone! Looks like we may not have a Kit-free week this summer hols - having been on the waiting list for over a year for a knee replacement, MIL has got surgery scheduled for the Monday of the week Kit's supposed to be staying with them. She actually got a letter asking for feedback on her surgical experience - turns out she got lost in the system somewhere and they clearly thought she'd already had the operation! So it's not just Whipps Caro!
We're off to Pembrokeshire a week on Saturday, really looking forward to some family time. Only got a week booked, staying with the in-laws for the second week of our hols. Had planned to then leave Kit with them for another week but unlikely now. Actually I'm quite pleased and will start planning some days out to do with him.
Yay Caro, that's great about the cycling! Please don't go overdoing it though - enjoy it but make sure you are still getting plenty of rest. Saying that, I'm a firm believer in your body telling you what if needs so I'm sure you'll be sensible. Must have been nice to do something normal and get some fresh air.
MR, can't believe you did all that in 18 months - epic! Must have been pretty stressful though!
Camlo, not really possible to do a different route home as any other would involve running through parts of central London which I don't really fancy. However tonight we are running from my house as a) it's a shorter run this week and b) IMTB isn't at work today so it doesn't make sense to run home. After that we only have one more long run to do next Wednesday and then I can go back to doing what I want to do! Hubby says IMTB owes me at least a bottle of wine for all the time I've given to helping him train etc - bet I don't get one though!
Have been told it's a little easier swimming in a wetsuit - never tried one but makes sense. I think I still have a tendency to 'over breathe' when doing front crawl, especially when I tense up. If I'm relaxed I'm much better. I tend to find the first few lengths are ok, then I start feeling a bit tired, stroke and breathing go to pot and I start 'snatching' breaths and lose my breathing pattern. Still, when I look at where I was last September when I started classes compared with now, there's no comparison so I know I've got better. Just need more practice - I only do the half-hour class once a week which isn't really enough. Problem is public swim times at both the pools near home are rubbish - start at 8:30pm by which time I'd struggle to get out. Especially after a day at work. Annoyingly we do have a pool at work but it's only 2 lanes and at the times I'd be able to use it it's too busy. Need to look for another solution!
Pip, how long is hubby away for? Our sports day was non-competitive too, the children did a carousel of events in their team colours and winning teams got points for their colour. The only head to head event was the sprint, in which Kit came last. He was out in front until he realised no-one else was near him, at which point he slowed down to see where they all were and they all came past him! Need to teach him how to race lol!
Really well done on your tri, Camlo - am so impressed with anyone who can do that! I'm a runner 100% - have no desire to take on anything like that. Aside from everything else the logistics of three events just make it all so much more complicated! And although my swimming has improved exponentially in the three terms I've now been doing it, I am still rubbish! I now have fairly decent technique but still struggle with the whole stamina part of front crawl and although I can manage quite a lot of lengths I do have to have breaks. I would so love to be one of those people who look really relaxed and effortless in the water and can keep going up and down seemingly forever, but I think it's unlikely that I ever will be.
Yes, I also hope Lotte and CC are having fun! It will be manic and full-on but hopefully fun too!
Sorry that both TTid and Sonya are suffering from MRS (Moving-Related Stress). We have moved house twice and it is definitely one of the most stressful things you can do. I think the second time I just took the attitude that what would be, would be and it did help, but with babies imminent it can't be pleasant facing the possibility of homelessness
Really pleased you're feeling much better, Caro - and what a fantastic present from Vixo (saw pics on FB). That must have been a lovely surprise. But yes, frustrating that no next steps have been agreed for you yet, and once again you are left in NHS limbo. Take no notice of hubby's comments; he'll get used to the idea of the buff soon enough. Not sure what I'd do in your position but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to wear a wig - although my hair is such a nightmare to do anything with, being so straight and fine, that I suppose I might enjoy the chance to experiment with styles I'd never be able to have normally!
Had a really dreadful run home last Wednesday with IMTB. It was warm and humid, but incredibly windy and gusty - and of course, we had the wind fully against us all the way because we were on the towpath and therefore never changed direction (sadly, neither did the wind). Maybe it just took it out of me more than I thought, or maybe I didn't notice the humidity as much because of the wind, but by 11 miles in felt pretty dreadful; slightly nauseous and spaced. As usual IMTB hadn't brought a drink so we shared the 500ml bottle of water I had - frankly could have done with at least that to myself. Weirdly though, I happily run that sort of distance (15 miles) first thing in the morning on a Sunday having drunk nothing all night, maybe had a cup of tea when up, then no breakfast and no fluids during run and am fine. What's that about? Maybe something to do with the time of day? I felt completely done in by the end of the run and didn't really feel recovered until the following day.
Fortunately we only have two more of these long midweek runs to do, one tomorrow (only 9-10 miles though) and then one next Wednesday. Then I am off on hols and IMTB has only about 3 weeks until his race - for which, frankly, he is not as well-prepared as he should be! Yet he has sooooo much time to train! Funny how much more productive you are the less time you have!
CC, Kinsey - he isn't really that bad and although I'm doing far more mileage than I would normally be, I figure it's all going to be a plus in terms of my fitness. I do feel though that he gets to benefot from this arrangement far more than I do, and was particularly miffed when he didn't remember my birthday or get me so much as a card. Hubby says he owes me at least a bottle of wine for my efforts but I bet I get nothing - not that that's why I'm doing it but I do everything: plan all our routes, make sure we have drinks etc, run whatever mileage his plan dictates, I organised swim classes, we start runs at locations convenient for him if not for me and I've listened to hours and hours of relationship woes which hasn't really changed much since he separated from his girlfriend! Hubby really has no need to worry! I even got my head bitten off yesterday for telling him that Chris Froome had quit the Tour as he is mega into his cycling and avoids all news until he can get home and watch the day's events - like I knew that!
Thank you, CC - I really enjoyed that and it wasn't boring at all: far from it! I'm just so impressed at a) your feats of endurance, b) your time and position on this one and c) your ability to remember it all in such detail! Glad the knee is feeling better; would be great if you and MM end up doing a race together
Caro, that's such fantastic news and really glad that the antibiotics have made so much difference. Obviously shows just how rough you must have been feeling and I'd have been worried too about being unable to move the arm. Hope you have a great day with the kids but don't wear yourself out too much - you still need to be looking after yourself.
Pip, glad you survived the holiday and had to laugh at image of struggling to remove wetsuit! Aside from the fact my swimming will never be strong enough, the amount of gear and logistics is enough to put me off the idea of a tri. Running is so straightforward - decent pair of shoes and head out!
Had a rubbish run home from work last night (feel a right wuss typing this having just read CC's epic tale of endurance!) - 15 miles with IMTB along the canal towpath straight into a strong headwind with mega gusts. Although it was windy it was also quite humid and once again he was spectacularly unprepared, so we ended up (once again) with 500ml of fluid between us for a 2-hour run. On a warm and humid day. I had also forgotten to bring the SiS soluble rehydration tablets I've been using for these runs (and much prefer to Lucozade Sport, which I've discovered massively upsets my stomach) so we only had plain water. Started off in direct sunlight and I'd taken the decision to leave my sunnies at work as it was cloudy when I left. So was regretting that for the first few miles until we crossed the canal and ended up on the shady side. IMTB had also ignored my advice that running 15 miles in new shoes straight out of the box wasn't a great idea, and his right leg started to seize after about 9 miles (and boy didn't I know about it!!) Running against the wind with no respite whatsoever started to take its toll I think, as obviously on a towpath you don't change direction so we knew from the start it was going to be relentless. Some of the gusts were so strong I was literally blown backwards - that coupled with the non-grippy gravelly surface meant my legs were working at least twice as hard as usual and I started to feel totally wiped and a bit nauseous by 13 miles. Was determined to push on though as only two to go but we did walk a couple of hundred metres which restored me a bit.
I think because it was so windy I didn't realise I was sweating as much as I probably was and losing fluid, and you actually sweat more in those conditions because the wind wicks moisture away from your skin more quickly which pulls more to the surface of the skin to evaporate, so definitely didn't hydrate enough. It's odd though because I run that kind of distance on a Sunday morning and don't even take a drink with me, and certainly never suffer like that. Maybe time of day, levels of humidity, etc. I had also drunk nearly 3 litres of water during the day and been to the loo about 20 times in the last hour before leaving work so don't understand why I got so dehydrated. By the time I got home I felt exhausted; struggled to eat and was a bit shivery for a while although that did wear off. Will be glad when IM is over and I can get back to my normal running pattern!