After a couple of years of doing not much more than eating pies and lifting insanely heavy weights I realised that, although I was very strong, I was also very fat and a long way from the lean, athletic figure that I tell myself that I definitely did have at some point in history, probably when I was a racing cyclist. So last year saw me return to competitive sport for the first time in a while when I entered the Leicester 5k Summer Series of running races at Victoria Park.
Although I have always been a cyclist I chose to have a stab at running due to its relatively low cost and easy accessibility. Amazingly, although I was at no point particularly quick, I completed all three events and improved at every race, eventually finishing joint first overall.
For 2013 I have stepped things up a bit. I am hoping to compete in some duathlons at the end of the year and subject to some, ok, a lot, of swimming coaching, triathlons next year. Although I really fancy racing full distance Ironman events, I think the 70.3 (half-Ironman) distance is probably best suited to me.
For the time being though I have entered a whole heap of running events as I look to improve my running further.
So far I have completed the ALDI Ashby 20 mile event on 17th March in a time of 2h39m56s. I have also done my first Parkrun at Braunstone Park, Leicester in a time of 21m38s. This was a new PB for 5km and I was holding back a bit too.
Here’s my schedule….
March 17th Ashby 20 Mile Race
April 27th Parkrun
May 26th Edinburgh Marathon
May 30th Leics 5k Race 1
June 9th Loughborough ½ Marathon
June 27th Leics 5k Race 2
July 25th Leics 5k Race 3
August 29th Leics 5k Race 4
September 21/22nd Equinox 24hr Race
September 29th Loch Ness Marathon
October 13th Leics Marathon or ½ Marathon
That’s a fair amount of running for me! I am looking forward to all the events, but the Equinox 24 should be an eye-opener, running solo for 24 hours!
I will also be a regular at my local Parkrun again when I am not racing.
To help me work toward my duathlon and triathlon goals, I have bought myself a new TT bike; I will post a blog about that another time though. This will enable me to compete in some of the local time trials that run throughout the summer.
As always with me there is also some cross training thrown in for good measure. I have already set a new PB for a marathon on the Concept 2 rowing machine this year (3h11m) and nearly crippled myself after a particularly savage squats session two weeks ago (12×10 reps 20, 30, 40, 50, 40, 30, 20, 30, 40, 50, 40, 30kg and 1x 30reps 20kg to finish if you fancy trying it? Ass-to-the-grass of course-no quarter squats allowed!)