Time for my fortnightly update on how my training is going in the lead up to Adventurethon Albany. I have to warn you that my week 7 was pathetic, the final week of school holidays got the better of me and I couldn’t be bothered juggling kids and exercise. I could have done it, but I lost my mojo. All’s well that ends well as I found that the decrease in the intensity of my training didn’t hurt and I had renewed enthusiasm for my week 8.
Monday: John Forrest National Park ride with the family. Wk 6 Run 3 completed, 25mins running.
Tuesday : CrossFit – dragged the 4 boys along with technology and food, bribed/threatened/and cojoled the boys to behave and let me do my workout. Turns out they thought it was cool, music was rocking and they loved watching everyone train hard at Hillside CrossFit.
Wednesday: Exercise Bike – 60 mins and 34km
Thursday: Off to the beach with the kiddos, could not be bothered to do anything today.
Friday: Tried to do a run with four boys on their bikes. Let’s just say it did not go well, we had fights over who rode which bike, tears that the bike was stupid, sore legs, sore backs. I think I carried the bikes more than I ran, then they wanted to stop at the park for a play, then a chain came off a bike which amazingly I was able to fix. I did manage to get a good run home so all was not lost.
Saturday: 10km hike with Snooze and friend. Late night volunteering at OXFAM Perth with a 2am finish. My lovely husband let me have a sleep in the next morning, taking the boys out and to the movies.
Sunday: Finally an uninterrupted run. 25mins and approximately 4.5km.
Monday: Didn’t do bugger all today, thanking God the kids were back at school tomorrow.
Wednesday: Exercise Bike 70mins and 40km. Wanted to do a run in the afternoon while the kids were at basketball practice but I somehow managed to lock my youngest son in the house and was in the car ready to go before I realised I was one child short. Understandably he was a little uncertain as to my loyalty and requested I stay and watch him train. Feeling a little guilty for my momentary lapse what could I do?
Thursday: Morning was spent cleaning the house (you know the kind you do before visitors come) well that kind of clean so I am claiming that as a workout damn it! I did also manage to fit a 25min run in as well. Also on the highlight reel….My parents are visiting for just over two weeks so happy days people!!
Saturday: Mundaring Weir Monster stair workout (while the family was checking out this beautiful location in the Perth Hills). We then took our visitors to Lake Leschenaultia for lunch and a spot of canoeing. 45mins canoe session. Final stop on our day out was at John Forrest National Park to check out Hovea Falls. 2km bushwalk.
Sunday: 30 minute run, approximately 4.8km.
I realised this week that I am half way through my training plan. 8 weeks down and only 8 weeks to go….gulp. I looked up the Adventurethon Australia website to have a refresher and check out accommodation options. While browsing I found that they have posted a course outline and there is an extra sneaky 2km beach run in the middle of the paddle leg…I was freaking out at making the 8km run at the end let alone adding more running!!
After a slight panic attack I am back in control and to be honest I think the scenery is going to be spectacular. I will have plenty of time to enjoy it at the pace I will be running! haha. So this block of four weeks I want to start doing a couple of block training sessions. I thought I would start with adding some smaller runs after my CrossFit sessions and after my bike rides. The other things I need to start doing are running with my camelpak, and I need to start kayaking some more. One session is just not going to cut it. I still have those vouchers to use and we have finally ordered a family kayak which, to be honest, more resembles a small boat. My husband assures me it will be fine to race. Well no one will get near me that’s for sure, I will be the big barge on the water….parp, parp. Anyway we are still negotiating on a second smaller kayak that we still need so the whole family can kayak together. Wish me luck.