Licking my wounds…

I’m my own worst critic I know, so before anyone comments saying I’m too hard on myself or, it was still a great performance, don’t.

I completely get what everyone says but for me and what I expect from myself, yesterdays performance was far below what it should have been.

Now It would be easy for me to sit here and blame a number of factors as to why this may have been, I raced 2 weeks ago at the half iron duathlon and perhaps I didn’t give myself enough time to recover, however I know plenty…

I’ve kept a little quiet in the lead up to my first proper race of the season. I know I raced my first half iron Triathlon out in Cyprus a couple of months back, but to me that wasn’t a season opener. That was more of a test to make sure I actually enjoyed this distance and ultimately whether I was good enough.

So here I am, writing to you all in the final few days before I head to Marlow for a world qualifying race for a chance to be selected for the Powerman World Duathlon long distance champs…

Andy’s Story

As a few of you may know, Dave was away last week on a cycling trip to Mallorca.

This trip had been planned/booked early October 2018. A group of them had decided to take on the ‘Mallorca 312’. This is renowned for being one of the toughest endurance events in the sportive calendar.

There are 3 course distance options for the weekend race. The biggest course route being the 312 (312km), the second was 225km and the third was the 167km which is what the guys had opted for. …

Andy’s Story

As a few of you may know, Dave was away last week on a cycling trip to Mallorca.

This trip had been planned/booked early October 2018. A group of them had decided to take on the ‘Mallorca 312’. This is renowned for being one of the toughest endurance events in the sportive calendar.

There are 3 course distance options for the weekend race. The biggest course route being the 312 (312km), the second was 225km and the third was the 167km which is what the guys had opted for. …

So I'm home! Back in Bath.

I won't lie, it was hard to tear myself away from the lay bed I was sunning myself on, on Monday afternoon before my taxi arrived to take me to the airport, knowing that I was coming home to rain and 20degrees cooler.

However, knowing i was going to be greeted by my better half Dave at the other end made things seem a whole lot easier!

I’ve had a couple of days back in Bath to adjust before writing this blog update. Crazy to think i was getting ready to write about my…

Weekly check in.

6 weeks down, 2 to go (gulp) 😅. Well less than that now as I’m posting this a little later than usual this week. So actually it’s 10 days to go 😬.

On the one hand it feels like a lifetime ago I was in Bath, but on the other it feels like it’s flown by too 🤷🏼‍♀️.

Almost 2 weeks have passed since my first half Ironman race, surprisingly I recovered quickly, I was expecting to wake up in a whole world of pain but it was quite the opposite. Then again, these past 6 weeks…

So week 5 has been and gone, those of you that have been following this journey up until this point would have noticed i mentioned this weeks blog in particular would be a bit more exciting.

Well that’s because I had a race on Sunday… my first half Ironman distance race… EVER!

Up until this point I have only ever raced sprint & Olympic distance (which is half the distance of what I did at the weekend).

I actually started writing this blog prior to the race because I thought it would be good to express how I was feeling…

Mad to think I’m halfway through now! I don’t really have a great deal to say on my past week, it’s hard to say much about this as the training is all very similar weekly but just staged at different times/different days depending on scenarios and how we feel etc. The vast majority of our training and the way my coach works is through consistency. Not much changes in terms of tapering for races or being in off season for example. I mean in all honesty I can’t really tell you as I haven’t been in the squad long enough…

3 weeks today!it honestly feels so much more than this! I think because all I am doing out here is training and being surrounded by my coach/ squad every day, the days & weeks seem to feel much longer (this isn’t a bad thing at all) but it’s funny, I really thought I’d feel the weeks fly by.

Almost at the halfway point of my time out here, I almost feel as though this is now my life? …

Tomorrow will mark 2 whole weeks of being out in Cyprus. It’s flown by, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been here much longer.

One thing I have realised is that, upon coming out here, in my head I thought I would have so much “free time” due to not having to fit in work alongside training. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is so much to fit in to each day whilst being out here and undergoing the role of a “full time athlete” that by the time we’ve finished our 2hour morning swim…

Natasha Lewis

Director and Personal Trainer of Get Fit In Bath. Athlete and Sports Massage Therapist. www.getfitinbath.co.uk

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