10 weeks post injury, and I’m pleased to report that I’m out of the boot and back to full swimming and cycling training – progress! I’ve even been given clearance to start gentle jogging as tolerated, although I’m being somewhat cautious about that.
Swimming has been my focus for the most part… I think when you have a set-back it’s important to re-evaluate your goals and produce something which is achievable but still involves effort and ambition. So my goal for this season so far has been Swim Rutland – a 4km open water swim in August. I’ve done more open water swimming so far this year than I’ve done in the last 2 years combined, and I have to say I’m loving it! I even cracked on June 21st and set my alarm for 4am to go and swim in the Jubilee river for summer solstice with a clubmate and a couple of other local women. Sunrise was a bit subdued by all the cloud, but I had a lovely 2km swim and met an inspirational para-athlete whose determination and drive left me speechless. The swimmers itch after was a bit less enjoyable, but never mind 🙂
Swimming wise I’m going well towards my “A” race… I absolutely smashed my 2.8km Boulter’s to Bray time with an 8 minute PB – thanks must be said to another local swimmer Steve who kept me going to land 8th lady 🙂 Then doing the 800m swim in the Lidl Bananaman relay I managed to find the feet of my faster clubmate Tom with about 200m to go, and had enough in reserve to hang on in there and cheekily beat him out of the water… sorry Tom! And today I’ve done my first ever Iron distance swim at Dorney and smashed my target of 1:15 by 13 minutes, coming outright 3rd and winning senior lady, whoop!
Cycling I was worried may have slid, with a relative lack of any training above FTP until the last couple of weeks. However, I’ve completed (and won) my first 25 mile TT, and have even been persuaded into the national 25 champs in Wales in August. Only aim for that is to not get lost and not come last!! With Ride 100 London at the end of this month, we’ve also done a 65 mile sportive as a tester and I’m pleased to report I passed with flying colours, getting a sub 4h/Gold time and 2nd fastest lady on the day.
Tonight I did my first “run” – a 10 minute walk/jog on the treadmill. The right foot does feel a bit strange, but not painful, so I’m going to take it really easy and try to be a good patient (!) and aim to get back to a full 5km run by our club champs in mid August. Fingers crossed!