Tomorrow I’m going to join over 400 women of all shapes, ages and abilities to participate in the Real Womens Duathlon at Orewa, (Auckland).
I am officially competitor number 451 and I will be starting in Wave 10 with the aim of completing a 1.5k run, 10k cycle then a 3.5k run to finish off the event.
I’ve got two goals.
- To finish the event in under an hour my best guesstimate is that it will take me 59 minutes but that doesn’t include transition times (and I’m wearing cleats so I will actually have to change shoes twice) so I could be pushing the envelope – but we won’t know till I try …
- (And this is going to be even harder) I want to try and catch the girls in my support group who are starting before me. I’ve got one who has an 8 minute head start, another has a 5 minute head start and we also have a team of three in our group and their wave is 1 minute before mine.
I’m hoping that the “game” of catch the girls will keep my mind focused on moving forward instead of pulling back every time I come to a corner on the bike leg.
So keep your fingers crossed for me because I’m going to need all the positive thoughts I can get (especially if they read this blog entry and move faster). If I do manage to catch them – I’m guessing its going to be on the second run leg. I’m going to give it a good go.
Right .. so lets catch up because this week I have been a little slack on the blog front. Can I blame the fact that it is a recovery week so I haven’t actually done much in the way of tri training to report on?
In a nutshell –
Run: – 1 long run along the waterfront Tuesday morning.
Swim: – 1 session with Haydn. Missed a couple of sessions due to events being held in my pool and no lanes being available in the times I can get there .. hoping to catch the tide Sunday so I will only be short one session.
Bike: – Ummm none (so far). The plan is to ride tonight after work then obviously tomorrow at the Duo and then finally on Sunday (and since I only had to do two sessions this week I’ll actually end up being up a session).
Ludus: – Oh ludus my ludus. Three .. yes, yes I know I could have used those sessions to swim or even ride .. but its not going to happen. Honestly if I had to choose and it was tri or ludus .. ludus would win hands down without any hesitation. (My coach is cringing right now as she reads this) … on a positive note – I was going to do four, but I held back. 😉
Which brings me to …
You have heard me talk about it A LOT and it’s no secret that I will be a Ludian for life, here is a glimpse of “This is how we Ludus”
As Joe says – “At Ludus Magnus burpees are a metaphor for life, you get knocked down to the ground, you get straight back up with a jump and a clap” Not a bad way to live life!
Till next time