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Oops I did it again :0)

As Britney so famously sang “Oops I did it again…” here I am saying the same thing “Oops I did it again” I’ve signed up for another Ironman 70.3

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“Why have I done this, wasn’t the first time enough?!” my friends cry with incredulity when I tell them the exciting news

To be frank, It was! The pain of training (It took two years and six visits to A&E before I could get this life dream complete) was the biggest ball buster lol. I would far prefer to just get on and get it over with.

But after more than a year layoff – and when I say lay off I mean I laid off completely to almost horizontal – the itch for accomplishment and challenge is back so here I am and rearing to go.

For any novices out there looking to do their first Ironman 70.3 here are the steps I am taking to succeed once again – feel free to use as you wish

Step one : Choose your race

Everybody will enjoy a different scene – Give me warm, mild weather any day over cold, wet and rainy (sorry UK, but I won’t be racing this distance in this climate anytime soon) I also – because of my heart condition – need to choose a race which isn’t tough (big climbs and crazy weather). But that’s what I love about Ironman – they ahve races all over the world so there are events for everyone

For this reason I chose Budapest as my first event – Beautiful city, great course, fast, flat, scenic, warm.

Unfortunately for some reason they are not racing in Budapest this year so I’ve gone for Ironman 70.3 Vichy which from what I’ve read and seen videos of is a very similar race environment

here’s a link to all events http://eu.ironman.com/events/triathlon-races.aspx#axzz59joRa5Ow

Step two: Set your Goals

As the saying goes “Failing to Plan, is planning to fail”

Whats great about goal setting is that they don’t have to be all about performance metrics (speed, time, pace) although do be aware of the cut off time. They can also be about experience, mindset etc

My goals for this year are as follows

  • Finish time: Finish the event – ideally in under six hours (cut off is 7:30) –

My last event I completed in 6:25 and I feel that with the right preparation and experience I now have this is an achievable goal

  • Finishing state: Alive, healthy, with a huge grin on my face, my chest swelling with pride, breathing easily and lightly.

This piece is critical for me and a goal that I continuously need to repeat to myself as I am highly competitive and if I am not carefully am liable to push to hard with serious consequences.

  • Smaller goals: 
    • Swim leg – Swim 1.9km in less than 35 min (last event took 48)
    • Bike leg – Cycle 90km in under  hours (about the same as last time)
    • Run leg – Run 21km in under 2 hours (this is the one that hurt most last time and probably my biggest challenge)
    • Transitions: keep each transition under 5 minutes
  • Racing state: Have fun, smile, relax and enjoy

Step three: Create the plan

I have just under five months/ 25 weeks to go which seems like a lot of time but believe you me time flies by. My learn from last time round was rather start slightly earlier which give you time to build up the distance and minimise stress and injury. I have the plan and will share this my next post.

There you have it time to get back on the road –

Have you done an Ironman? What would your advice be?

From Impossible to I AM POSSIBLE

 

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Want the sweet deliciousness without the unnecessary sweetness then this is the recipe for you. #eatcleanraceclean

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Me and my chocolate cake recipes, right?!?  I just can’t help myself especially as they are the easiest recipes to make up from what you have in your cupboard.  This cake however is smothered in real chocolate icing – which rather ironically is the reason for baking the cake.  I had left over icing from baking a “full-fat” birthday cake for my boss and wanted to use it up so I invented a super healthy cake for a super un-healthy icing!

I’d prefer you smother your cake in a healthier version of icing, for example extra light cream-cheese mixed with good quality melted chocolate = chocolate cheese cake topping. Or what about mixing peanut butter with cocoa and agave nectar?  For a runny sauce heat coconut milk, truvia blend and honey in a saucepan – simmer for 10 minutes and allow to cool.  Yum!

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Best Ever Butternut Soup

Nutrition is an essential part of the ironman Journey. This delicious, nutritious butternut soup not only replenishes the body but its warm buttery goodness soothes a tired soul ~butternutsoupforthesoul

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I can’t believe I haven’t blogged my ultimate soup recipe yet!  I always have a few Tupperware pots of various versions of this soup in my freezer for a low-cal, nutritious and delicious dinner when I run out time or ideas for dinner.  And I always bring a small pot of left-overs for my work lunch and simply don’t grow tired of it.

Since making this soup, I am constantly floored by anyone’s need to put cream, butter, milk or any other fat laden ingredient into a soup.  There is no need and my recipe is proof of that.

This post features butternut, but I’ve also made the soup with different combinations of sweet potato, courgette, carrot, broccoli, peppers and any other left over veggie I have in the fridge.  I always add the lentils not only to thicken the soup, but add to its nutritional content.   As always, any…

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