Oh my – I thought I had posted this one already! Sorry for the delay!
3rd December 2012
The Farmer left every early this morning for a week away of work. I now have the juggling act of working full time, parenting, and training. Thankfully before he left we spent a fair bit of time tidying up the spare room & setting up my “home torture chamber”.
My tready, turbo trainer & weights are now all set up ready to go, the room has a TV, fan & airconditioner so there is no excuses, as soon as Worm is asleep I can escape into my kind of bliss. The only thing missing is the cadence kit for the bike. I purchased it a month ago, however it has been lost in the move, so I need to continue looking for it.
I was quite excited this evening to give it a work out. My turbo trainer came with a “Race Day” DVD so my plan was to jump on the bike first, do 20 minutes on the bike and then to jump straight onto the tready. I’m not sure how many km’s I did on the bike, (due to having no cadence computer yet) but I did 3km on the tready. I felt amazing and had a few moments of looking down thinking “I’m running HOW fast?” as I was able to boost the speed up from 10kph, to 12kph to finally finishing at 14kph. Sweat was literally dripping off me. The total workout was 40 minutes, and I felt fabulous!
The only complaint is that I struggled to hear the TV over the noise of the tready or trainer, so I’m going to try to set up a wireless headphone system so I can hear better whilst working out.
4th December 2012
The heat is starting to build here in Central Queenland, today we hit 37 degrees and I was looking forward to my pool session all day. I’ve mentioned before that my swim training seams to be the first thing dropped when my life gets hectic, so I was determined to splash in the pool this evening.
My waterproof headphones weren’t working properly – I think the batteries were dead so this was another session without them (I don’t think I’ve yet had the opportunity to train with them yet!) Also today I used my new goggles. I had previously been using some brilliant pink Vorgee goggles, however despite all my efforts couldn’t resolve the issue of them leaking – I’m not impressed considering I paid $45 for them.
These new Speedo ones are much better, although I did have them way too tight, and they left bruises around my eyes.
I did a 1km session with no breaks. My garmin continued to stuff up which is frustrating, it said I completed 1300m, so I still have to count my laps.
I had a moment where I nearly ran up the back of someone doing breast stroke, we were near the end of the pool, so I did some breaststroke too. Also another time (passing the same lady) she fairly whacked me in the head – I know that I have a tendency to hug my lane ropes, so to be whacked by someone clearly going over the black line is frustrating. Thankfully I was nearly finished my set so I could escape.
Swimming is my weakness, so I was quite happy with this session, it was the longest session I have managed so far, and I felt very good for it. I probably could have pushed some more laps out, however I did have to pick up Worm before the day care shut down.
5th December 2012
Tonight I set up my cadence computer on the turbo trainer bike & also got the little adapter that I needed to make my wireless headphones work with the TV in the gym. By the time I had that sorted it was time for me to skype with a girlfriend from Manchester – so I declared the day a rest day & enjoyed a lovely hours chat with her.
6th December 2012
Tonight it was time I handed in my Australian passport and became a citizen of Sufferlandria. Sufferlandria is the official country of The Sufferfest. The Sufferfest is a series of stationery cycling DVD’s that give you ‘point of view’ footage – so whilst I was stuck in my gym pounding on my bike, my view was of beautiful ‘Tour de France’ scenery & Melbourne’s criterion courses. Of course they don’t call it The Sufferfest for nothing. The workouts are CHALLENGING & the sweat was literally dripping off me – I discovered that I need to place a towel nearby, as sweat dripping into my eyes seriously stings.
I did the first part of the “Downward Spiral” DVD – this is a series of intensive ladders, ie hard for 2 mins, rest for 2 mins, hard for 1.45, rest for 1.45 all the way down to 15seconds of hard core intensity.
This was BRILLIANT, HORRIBLE, EXHAUSTING, PAINFUL, VOMIT WORTHY stuff – and I loved EVERY minute of it!
The computer froze at the middle interval & I couldn’t get it to restart, I think I will have to re-download the file in case that’s where my problem is. Anyway I decided that 30 minutes was enough for my first effort with this program.
7th December 2012
Fridays are traditionally a rest day for me, tonight was no different. The Farmer came home from his week away so I was pleased to have a glass of wine & enjoy some time with him.
8th December 2012
The regular Saturday crew ride was around the ‘Gracemere Angle’ today. I was expecting a relatively easy 25km, and although I struggled to get myself out of bed I hoped that this would improve once I got going – no such luck here! The whole ride was hard work, my quads started screaming at me from the very first kilometre and it was one of those rides where I couldn’t get comfortable on the bike. My butt hurt, my shoulder hurt, my back hurt and my quads screamed the whole time. Oh and the easy 25km became 45km as I read the map wrong!
Again the crew were wonderful, and a couple of them stuck by me when I started to fall back, I can steadily ride at 25kph, so I was so grateful that they let me draft up the hills, and didn’t let me fall too far behind.
The ride was completed by a lovely breakfast to celebrate Christmas. The Farmer brought Worm down to meet everyone and my mixed berry pancakes were delicious!
9th December 2012