Firstly this week I want to say thank you to each of the twelve donors who have so far contributed to our fundraising efforts. From a very generous and sizeable donation from my Uncle and Auntie right through to £10 and £20 pledges from training partners and workmates plus several donations from my wife’s colleagues at Mabey Bridge in Chepstow, Paul and I are very thankful that you have helped us up to 6% of our total target for the year, only £1,700 shy of the requirement to join the Cardiff Blues cycle ride. We are also setting a minimum target of £1,000 before the Paris Marathon, which is now in just 7 weeks!
For those who haven’t donated, please do consider helping out! If you can only give a little now, please do so, if things change you can always add some more later in the year!
You can donate here…
We have had some stationery designed to promote the cause and you will begin to find this appearing at the foot of emails and on social media pages. We will also be generating some letters and handing these out to ask for business support in donations. As well as this we are coming up with other ideas such as a prize draw for donations over a certain amount (donations already given, or cumulative amounts will of course count!), so watch for announcements of prizes soon! Mave has also suggested that sitting on the turbo trainer outside a shop or in a town centre can raise some good money so after I’m back from Paris we will arm ourselves with leaflets, plus banners and buckets from the Blues, and probably have a go at this too!
The past week has been quite difficult for me personally from a training perspective. Since last Monday when I injured my hamstring I’ve had to try to be more patient and step off the accelerator a little. Tuesday necessitated a rest day and so I swam on Wednesday, although I picked probably the worst session possible with a pool full of kids playing with balls and splashing about. My fault for choosing a half-term public swim I suppose!
On Thursday (19th) I tried again, with more success I’m pleased to say! As usual I was slightly too slow for the fast lane but way too fast for the slow lane, so I persevered with the “quicks”. In all I managed 3km, and although my 100metre splits are still nothing to get too excited about, they are improving, as is my “SWOLF” (Garmin’s measure of speed and number of strokes combined – see here), and I now take less strokes per length than I used to, saving energy. Perhaps the injury can help me after all, although progression in swimming was actually programmed for after the marathon….
Thursday was also the day I got to see the physio, Naomi Lang from Indigo Rehab in Llanover, who I had visited nearly 5 years ago after my last car accident (not my fault!!!). She believed that the sudden increase in cycling – particularly over the hills – followed immediately the next day by a long run, was to blame for the injury. Therefore a break from running was prescribed, though fortunately only until later this week, when I will be desperate to get out but also very nervous to see just how much fitness I have lost altogether…. Naomi did say that swimming would be fine however, as would cycling on a static bike at 50-60% effort. So Friday and Sunday became gym sessions (with cycling) and very soon I will be heading out for another spin on the bike in the gym, followed by a short swim – the pool timetable is very awkward now the children are back in school.
In other news away from training (which seems to occupy most of my time and thoughts), I will be starting a new contract with Community Music Wales later this week for an initial period of one day per week for six months. The role involves business development and I am very much looking forward to getting started and showing what I can do! It is also another nice addition to my CV and to my freelance portfolio. This, combined with Bérengère’s promotion, should help pay for some more Ironman equipment and food, though don’t tell her as I think she might already have planned to do something else with the extra cash :).
Lastly, I can update you with news of my second consultation with my nutritionist Satu Jackson, who had analysed the results I had sent her and my training summaries she had seen on the Garmin site. After the elimination diet, it is very much a case of “more of the same”, although now we know what I can and can’t eat she has provided some specific recipes for us to try and I am able to eat foods like toast or energy bars and gels to help my performance. I do seem however to have gotten used to a certain calorie intake and I feel as though I could have gained a pound or so in weight since the injury took me down!
Time to brave the changeable weather and head to the gym and pool, and I really must work on that French blog later too! I also need to write about my equipment, and specifically my bike for Monsieur Chouteau, although it is probably best to wait until we have repaired it now the missing components have arrived!