With under two weeks to go until I give my first Enduro Adventurethon a crack, I am wondering and hoping that I have done enough. The body is starting to spring a few leaks, the back and hamstrings are a little touchy and this time around it is a little bit of calf pain on my right leg that is side lining my running for the past few days. I am hopeful that it is just muscle fatigue as it started during my 2km run after a particularly gruelling crossfit session. I tried running again two days later and the calf was starting to pull, cramp, and complain again so I stopped and walked instead. I am a little nervous about this new strain as I need to keep up the running!! I have decided to drop the crossfit for the next two weeks so that my body doesn’t have to deal with that added stress and concentrate on some longer endurance sessions followed by a lighter week leading into Albany.
In this last stretch I am really starting to think about the details. Do I wear my shoes in the kayak or put them in a backpack? Or just try and go barefoot on the beach run? Water bottle only for kayak, banana during the run, kayak back. May need second bottle with energy drink? Camelpak waiting with bike, ice in camelpak? Homemade energy bar/balls for ride? Ordered little bag for the frame of the bike but may also need a waterbottle holder and bottle for the bike as well. Will need a second smaller camelpak for the run. Wondering where I leave shoes and socks? Do I need a watch to make sure I am keeping fluid and energy intake up as I tend to forget and then really hit the wall. Have done that a few times with some of my longer sessions. I like the idea of frozen hydrolyte iceblocks in water bottles and down the top to keep me a little cooler during the run but wondering how to keep them frozen or stop them defrosting too quickly at least….so many questions. Anything else I need to think about? Any answers or tips let me know!
Monday – My cousin offered to take me out kayaking on his kayak again. While I did slightly better, managed to stay in for a decent stretch, and only tipped out three times, I did come to the realisation that I would need a different kayak that I felt more comfortable in. Definitely toying with the idea of swapping to the duathlon. Lucky the hubby is home this week which opens up my training options a little. 5km run in the afternoon, dragged my eldest boy on his bike to keep me company.
Tuesday – Crossfit followed by a 2km run. I even had one of crossfit girls ask to keep me company and joined me for the run. Emailed a few of the paddle clubs in the area explaining my situation and asking about lessons and advice on beginner kayaks. Trawling through Gumtree to find a secondhand kayak that would be suitable. Now the Canning River Canoe Club was one of the clubs that I emailed. David Brown was the contact I emailed and not only did he call me that very afternoon to try and help me out, he went out of his way to fit me in that very same night. He told me later that he was a little nervous about this mother of four who had never really paddled before and wanted to make 8km in four weeks…and didn’t even have a boat. Never the less, he was still willing to do what he could to help me reach my goal. We tried out the Endorfinn kayak, I didn’t even fall out, and we knocked out about 3km that night. At the end of the session, David just gave me a pat on the back and said that he thought I would be fine. I just have to say, that David was exactly who I needed to restore my broken confidence. The practical tips and the guidance on technique, just in that little first session was fantastic. I was able to tee up 2 more sessions with David and again I am grateful that he was able to make this happen for me.
Image Credit – Canning River Park, nice place for a paddle, or run, or play with the kids.
Wednesday – Rest Day but I picked up a second hand kayak. I have a boat.
Thursday – 90mins Exercise Bike and 50km in the morning. 5.5km run in the afternoon.
Friday – 2km row then Crossfit session with my youngest in tow.
Saturday – 2hr paddle session with David from the Canoe Club.
Sunday – Hilly road ride on MTB, 1hr 45mins and 30km
Monday – Paddle 4km followed by a 5.5km run
Tuesday – Rest Day
Wednesday – Crossfit followed by 2km run. Calf muscle was pulling/cramping towards the end of the run but finished off the run. Not happy with the calf but hope it was just a cramp.
Thursday – 90mins exercise bike. 52km.
Friday – Paddle 4km. Strawberry picking and lunch out. Crossfit in the afternoon.
Saturday – At David’s suggestion we paddled at Point Walter Reserve which had a little more chop to the water which would be more like the conditions I would be paddling in come race day. Point Walter Reserve was another beautiful spot to have a paddle.
Attempted to run after the 2 hour paddle only to pull up short with the calf muscle problem. Grrrrr, so annoyed right now.
Sunday – 28km road ride on the MTB, followed by a 4km walk (grabbed one of my children to keep me company). Walking doesn’t seem to worry the calf.
So the plan of attack is to stay away from running til after rest day on Tuesday and then give it another go. I have been religiously rolling, stretching, and using the anti-inflammatory cream. I did investigate the compression socks but am unsure that they will be worth the cost? Anyone used them? This week I really want to work on going full distance blocks of training ie 8.9km paddle followed by 22km bike or 22km bike followed by a longer run. I also want to try a mini adventurethon on the weekend. Hell week has begun. Then I want to drop back distances in final week but keep the intensity up. Tick, tick, tick goes the countdown clock……c’mon body hold in there.