Okay, so I’ve taken a break from what appears to be over a month?!  Loads going on: moving flat, working too much, spasms & hospital visits etc etc – all the usual excuses. However, we are now raising money so I definitely get to get my butt in gear. We have 40 days until the event!

Now that I know I can do the distance without stopping, the next goal is to focus on pace. I was doing research and have now learned that I also need a strategy for position in a race – but that’s for another day!

If you haven’t sponsored my relay team yet, and would like to do so, you can donate to the MaAfrica Tikkun charity and our event at  our Virgin Money page.

See below for the recent workout updates. I’ve included my weight management task I’m doing with some colleagues and my gym sessions.

Current weight (17 June 2011): 9 stone

15 May 2011

  • 1st outdoor swim (length pool) 13˚c (or 54˚f)
  • 750meters – without stopping ~25mins
  • 250 meter cool down
23 May – 6th June – on Holiday in Texas
Swam 750 meters x 2 (in a 10 meter pool, so slightly frustrating) – averaged 14.5 minutes.

11 June 2011 – cardio & upper*

  • Elliptical: 20 mins, 3.19km, 180 cal
  • stretch 5 mins
  • #20: 3,4,3 x10
  • #23: 3,4,3 x10
  • #14: 2 x30
  • #19: 3, 4, 4 x10
  • #6: 10, 10, 10 x10
  • Row machine: 2000m 11:18 mins 103 cal

Notes: no inhaler; breakfast: oatmeal, blueberries, coffee12 June 2011 – cardio & lower*

  • Elliptical: 20 mins, 3.16km, 192 cal
  • 18: 3×20, 2×20
  • 22: 4×40
  • 21: 3×30, 4×10
19 June 2011
  • Outdoor swim
  • 25 meter pool
  • 750 meters – 14 minutes
  • 150 meter cool down
Notes: went out for Father’s day & had eaten deep-fried scampi & had about half a bottle of red wine – impressed I even went!

*Notes for Gym workouts – machine definitions:
Upper:
#20 – lat pulldown (lays & biceps)
#23 – chest press (shoulders, pecks & triceps)
#14 – abs
#19: Seated Row (lats – upper & lower, biceps & shoulders)
#6: lower back: settings #2 on both

Lower:
18: squat (glutes & hamstrings)
22: seated leg curl (hamstrings)
21: seated leg extension (quads)