Morning all - back on it after a week off post HM. Fink and swim smooth books digested and a training plan in place to officially commence monday. I took 16 weeks of the competitive Fink plan and merged it with my tried and tested beginner 16 week full marathon run plan. Rearranged all the days to suit my work shifts and added the swim and cycle parts from the fink plan. By the time I've completed it (at the end of January) I will be 2 weeks off the part where Fink timetables an olympic distance triathlon. I've booked on the Manchester Marathon in April and plan to do the 100mile nottinghamshire bike ride in July... leaving me plenty of time to improve my swimming and try some triathlon distances in the spring/summer time. My only issue is - I don't have the ability to complete even the first Fink swim drill.. so I suppose that can be my long term swim goal! Need a bike, wetsuit, turbo trainer, cadence monitor, sport counter...etc. from Santa
Completed my first ever race - the robin hood half marathon yesterday! My goal was to complete the course without walking - which I did in 2:37. Feels good to have passed a milestone. Especially relieved that my cold and calf pull seemed fully recovered. Now back to my fink and swim smooth books to plan my next bit of training. Need to get quicker at everything - I'm also still a stone heavier than I'd like. BTW have enjoyed catching up on all the posts I missed over the last few days. Congratulations to everyone completing events aand commiserations to everyone struggling with injuries. Happy to be sharing your journeys with you!
ET7 and Postie - I've downloaded swim smooth and also be iron fit - recommended earlier in this thread - thanks for the advice. Loving my swimming at the moment. Had a breakthrough with the stroke after I started using a noseclip at my second lesson on Saturday. It's making sense and flowing naturally as it should. I bet the resistance training has helped with my arm strength too.
SD - sorry to hear about your injury. I've been unable to run for 3 weeks with a pulled calf - it's horrible to have training interrupted when you're enjoying it so much. Been coping by doing swimming, cycling and gym instead.
Incidentally - pool etiquette. At the early today seven women swam side by side so they could chat to one another.. it always seems to be me that zig-zags about around people. I had to swim under them at one point as they make no effort to move aside for anyone. Anyone else have trouble finding space to practice?