I hope everyone had a great weekend! How mental was the wind!?
Friday night Lucy came round and we had home made chicken nuggets – recipe here:
We also played Trivial Pursuit, borrowed from Mum. It was from the 80s. There were a lot of questions relative to the 80s. That is my excuse for losing (I was the youngest by 3 years)! hmmph.
Saturday morning I was up early to go cycling with Ian Milne. He is a MACHINE! Scottish age group record holder for numerous events (I think 5?) and all round superstar on the bike! We had 70 miles on the agenda but the wind was MENTAL. We couldn’t chat to each other it was just too windy 😦 So 4 hours without too much chat didn’t bode well for me! How am I going to cope in the Ironman!?!? 140 miles with NO CHATTING!?!? Must work on this.
Anyway, long story short, the wind caused Ian to have a horrible early bonk – he said he hadn’t felt like that so early before! Our average speed wasn’t good but with the hills and the ridiculous wind (SO many times I nearly got blown off the bike…) I can’t complain. Plus we saw an otter. So that was nice.
71 miles in 4.25 – Average speed 26km/h
Oh, I forgot to mention I fell off my bike. Right at the end 😦 I left Ian and had a couple miles myself to get back to mine, which includes a stop at a pedestrian crossing at a busy roundabout. There were too many cars passing so I stopped, clipped out, but was so shaky and tired I fell the other way. In front of SO MANY cars. I cut my knee and my hand swelled up really bad. AND I had a ring on the worst finger, so that still can’t come off and is cutting off the circulation. If it’s still like this on Wed I will have to get the ring cut off (note it is a Tiffany’s ring I got from my girlfriends for my 21st – I don’t want to lose it!)
(my swollen finger)
(a blood blister – ewwwwww)
I cleaned myself up really quickly, changed into shorts and trainers, and dragged Kyle out to do a 2 mile loop with me. WOW did I feel like an octopus! You’da thought I was running 5 min miles with my breathing, and my rhythm was all off. Surprisingly, I looked at my watch at the 1st mile and was bang on 7.30. Let’s now try and keep this up for 26.2 miles AFTER doing 112 miles instead of 71, AND a 3.9km swim okay body? You have until August.
BUT, being referred to as “Superwoman” sure helped:
(yay! Scott would never call me superwoman…!)
After a long shower, and a couple of Man V Food episodes, we popped into town to grab some food and coffee. I was craving some sushi so I dragged Kyle to Yo Sushi (salmon and avocado handroll = dabomb.com), then immediately afterwards demanded a Starbucks (those pumpkin spice lattes are awesome!). Wow maybe I’m needy?
With food still on the brain, we went to Marks in Spencer to find the dessert the papers have been talking about: “Britain’s sexiest pud”, the Belgian Chocolate Jaffa Sphere.
(we got the last one!)
Perhaps the article bigged it up too much, but I just thought it was “oh, that tastes pretty good” as opposed to “OH EMM GEE I NEED ANOTHER ONE IMMEDIATELY”.
When we got back, we caught up with Game of Thrones (finally got to the last episode!), Gotham, and American Horror Story and I was falling asleep. We were meant to have a birthday night out, but we were so tired we thought we would be healthy (forget I mentioned the jaffa sphere, m’kay?) and save some money (sorry, Myles!)
Sunday was a day of rest for me (well, if you count 12 ridiculously windy miles along Aberdeen beach at 7.20 pace), which included a long bath, face mask and painting nails, while Kyle did the Monymusk Half Marathon. Not only did my rockstar WIN, he obliterated the course record by 2 minutes!!
(how cute is that framed postcard?!)
He won some more running vouchers and another meal out! WOOHOOOO! I was thinking about doing it but I’ve had a few niggles lately and didn’t want my overly competitive mindset to get myself injured, so I was sensible and did my own long run. It better pay off because it sounded like so much fun!
When he came home, we did a food shop (yes those are pumpkins in the background – we will be have a carving competition soon!) and made some nice food to celebrate!
(antipasti, humous, bread, grapes, nachos with camembert and avocado, salad and wine!)
Questions for you:
How was your training over the weekend?
Any races on the schedule?