On the last weekend of September, Dad and I travelled to Kent to race in the Hever Castle Triathlon. Dad, was competing in his first half-ironman and, all factors considered (his wetsuit zip broke before the swim - he still got round the 1.9km swim in 15 degree waters doing breastroke in sub 50mins, a winding, hilly and very blustery bike course and an off road half marathon to finish it off) all in a very respectable 8hrs. For someone who barely gets a look in at training - I was very proud daughter on the side line watching him finish one of the toughest halfs in the UK! I did the Olympic distance race, after having my end of season break I decided to opt out of the middle distance and just race to accompany Dad. Safe to say without going into detail- it went from bad to worse with every phase. I spent a week unable to bear weight on a heavily swollen ankle and repairing some graphic looking blisters.
Returning to Loughborough on the Monday, a few phone calls and 24hrs later I was on a plane to Lanzarote . Out in Lanzarote I am working as a marketing intern at Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, which I sought out through the use of social media in May and this is my second time out at the resort. During my degree I particularly enjoyed marketing and event management, and this is a great opportunity to practice and develop that knowledge. With a 25m heated outdoor pool, gym and the notorious climate, training at Sands Beach Resort is really enjoyable but, an avoided topic of conversation with boyfriend Matt whose training back home suffers rain, wind and dark mornings...
Since moving to Loughborough, my swim stroke became the focus - I was relieved to have my stroke analysed and rebuilt, and although it will take time to adjust to the changes, I have confidence in what I am being told. This means that for a four week period, I am swimming around 30km per week but the focus is solely on technique. After the season has ended and before winter training gets heavy - this is the time to make those changes and I hope by the time I return to the UK, they will have sunk in. Its a great place to put in the cycling miles - long rides on the quiet and good roads make all the difference along with the dry and sunny weather. Last weekend I rode up Tabayasco and to Mirador (at the top of the Island) with 16x Ironman Champ Bella Bayliss, which was a great experience even if slightly tiring.
Coming out to Lanzarote on such short notice was a gamble, the main outcome of this being that I will be returning to no job in Loughborough, which, obviously from a financial position is a little icky. However, it was a risk I was willing to take and thoroughly glad I did regardless of that situation. The experience that is on offer to gain at Sands Beach and the opportunity it hands to my training is first class and something I could not turn down.
I´m not really sure what the rest of 2013 will bring once I return to the UK on the 7th of November...hopefully a job (yikes!), some race dates will begin to appear in the 2014 calender, and training with the performance squad at Loughborough will really kick in. Sounds good!
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