Diet

I’ve been asked a few times about diets so thought I’d put a few words down as to my experiences.

I’ve always enjoyed food, and usually the bad stuff. Take aways with a couple of pints, nice bottle or two of wine in a nice restaurant, but it all takes a toll. Pretty much if you don’t burn off more than you put in, you’re going to put weight on, hardly rocket science. Over the years, I’ve done a couple of diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins and they’d all had a reasonable short term effect but I’d always pile it back on, with holidays being my worst time.

I got back from a holiday in Dubai in October 2011 and was looking at the pictures, that was my wake up call. I needed to do something about my weight. I sort of mentioned it to my wife and she’d been at one of these “ladies who lunch” type of do’s the day before and she’d been talking to one of my Mum’s friends about a diet that had really worked for her, so a couple of phone calls later I’d got the name of it, Lighter Life. A quick google and I found there was a Lighter Life rep and meeting point about 5 minutes drive away so after a couple of days thinking about it, I rang her up.

Turned out there was a weekly meet at 9 every Thursday. She explained a few bits to me over the phone but it would be best if I came down. Guess that was the first hurdle, the next one was actually going, not really into all this sort of group meeting shit but thought I’d give it a go. The Thursday I went, I trotted up the stairs, burst into the room and found I was getting glared at by about 2 dozen women. I didn’t know there was a separate male/female class so I got asked to wait outside. In the naughty corner and not even started yet.

They all soon trooped out and it was my turn. The rep, Lorna took me into the back room and explained how it worked. It was a strict diet but if you followed the rules you would get success. You bought their food packs which were a range of shakes, soups and meals, with bars allowed at a later date, and this is what you ate. They were designed to give you all the vitamins and nutrients your body needed but in a controlled portion. It was just a case of adding water to the shakes or boiling water to the soups and meals. Sounds strange and it was almost like army ration food but Lorna talked a good game and I was in. Lots of measurements were taken, I was over 16 1/2 stone, not good and that was me in. Have to say I didn’t fancy the group meetings bit, all a little like alcoholics anonymous. Just had this vision of sitting round a table with a load of big blokes and when it was my turn to introduce myself, I’d say

“Hello, my name is Malcolm, and I’m a fat bastard”

To be fair, it wasn’t like that at all. In my time there, there was only ever 4 blokes turned up and 2 of them faded away after a week or 2 so it was just the hardcore 2 or 3 of us, and we used to try and gee each other up, giving encouragement if we needed it. The meetings were mainly Lorna explaining each step of the diet and to be honest, I genuinely found them quite interesting and looking back, they probably did actually help me more than I thought at the time. I used to joke it was a kind of brainwashing into what we should and shouldn’t be eating, but it was more a case of educating us and a lot of what we went through has stayed with me now.

The first week was a bit of a struggle, but I did it. The foods weren’t too bad, not something I would choose to eat but I needed to do this and I was of the mindset that I at least needed to stick it out. When I went back for my first weigh in, I’d lost over 10 lbs in that week!! That gave me a right buzz and really focussed my mind to think this was going to work. That night, there was also a new chap there and I still laugh at this. It was a cold November night, and he turned up in a t shirt and tracksuit, sweating like mad from walking up the stairs. Lorna took him into the back room, and started going through the bits. Generally, you could never hear what was going on in the back, but tonight, I could hear the chap as he had quite a loud voice.

“Thanks for that Lorna, can I have milk and sugar in my coffee?”

“No, just what is on the diet”

“In my tea?”

“No, just what is on the diet”

“Right, so its just these food packs here, right?”

“Yes”

“Can I…..”

“No”

“Could I….”

“No”

“Okay, right, I know I have to do something, I’m in. I’ll take the packs and get off”

“Actually, we don’t do that, you have to stay for the meeting.”

“But, but, I cant. My wife has cooked me a big tea and it’ll be ready in 10 minute.”

Never saw that chap again!!

The second week, another 5 lbs and that was over a stone in total, in only 2 weeks!! The third week was always going to be difficult. We were going to a big black tie do in aid of Children in Need. Now I’ve been to some charity events, but this was on another level. MC was Gary Barlow and there were all sorts of celebs there, even had a Bentley in the auction!! And the food and wine was fantastic, or so I was told!! I just sat there and watched everyone else eat and drink. Even had a few on our table wafting drinks under my nose, tempting me but it just made me more determined. Was really chuffed with myself when I came out of there and hadn’t fallen off the wagon.

After a few weeks, you start to introduce “proper” food into your diet, dropping one of their food packs. Its all very gradual and you’ve still got the back up of the weekly group meeting. Again, a few weeks further on once you’ve stabilized on one proper meal, you introduce another, dropping one more food pack. There are a couple of cookbooks for Lighter Life and these were a big help. In fact, I still use a number of their recipes even now. Even if you’d had a bad week, there was no name and shame. Any increases in weight were kept between me and Lorna. The “transition” stage was when the weight loss started to slow down but the big thing was it wasn’t going up. After a while, then you’re off their food packs and released into the wild. Not as daunting as it might be with other weight management courses, as you can still visit the group for any help and advise.

In the end, I lost over 4 1/2 stone on Lighter Life and it has pretty much all stayed off still. I possibly went a little too low at one point as even I thought I looked a little gaunt but with exercise and the things I learnt at the meetings, its stayed off. I ended up having my last meeting in August 2012, so I’d been going about 9 months to loose what I did. It wasn’t easy and the diet is very strict, particularly at the start but if you have the right mindset, then you should be able to do it.

Good Week

I’ve not actually started my training plan yet for IMUK, but have had some good sessions this week.

 

Did my hour on Monday morning with my PT. All the work for this is mainly aimed at core and endurance so that set me up fine. Got a call from him to say he wouldn’t be in Wednesday for my session so thought I’d do myself a mini tri in the gym. I was planning on spending all morning in there anyway, as my little girl was in nursery and my wife was in a gym class so it wasn’t worth going home.

 

As I was getting changed, I got chatting to one of the other PT’s in there who has done a few Iron Man distance tri’s and he suggested rather than do the interval session on the bike I was going to do, do a pyramid interval. Had to have it explained, but he thought it’d do me some good so who am I to argue. On the exercise bike, I started at level 7 for 4 minutes, then rest at 4 for 4 minutes, level 8 for 3 minutes, rest at 5 for 3 minutes, level 9 for 2 minutes, rest at 6 for 2 minutes then level 10 for 1 minute, coming back down the scale the other way, always trying to keep the cadence at around 85. Shit, that was hard!! Sweated buckets, fortunately the wife was there to go and fill my water bottle as I was running on empty when she turned up.

 

Did this and straight onto the treadmill for a brick. Actually felt pretty good and ended up doing just over 4 km. Might have been helped by some good gym tunes from While She Sleeps and Bring me the Horizon but felt good and could have gone on, but I knew I wanted to get a decent swim in.

 

Into the changing rooms and out with the Zone 3 Buoyancy shorts. These are a great aid for swimming training, but they’re not a great look, sort of cross between cycling shorts and incontinency pants, and the noises that they make when you’re putting them on aren’t great either!! Another point on these is I now have to remember to take the lube to ease into them, not great.

 

Anyway, waddled off into the pool for a quick warm up and ended up doing 11 100 metre sprints. Might not be sprints for some, but they were for me!! Kept all the times under 1 minute 30 seconds except one, when some big, bouncing old girl came wading across my path, hope she’s not like that on the road!! Was really happy with that session, and felt really good after them all.

 

Today, Friday, I’ve done my hour with the PT and again, had time to do some more. As the pool was being used for a class, I thought I’d do the pyramid interval session again with a small run tagged on the end. Same numbers as Wednesday except this time, I managed to keep the cadence up at 85 pretty much all the time, and it felt ok doing this. Was a little stiff getting on the run but only had time for about 10 minutes so only did a midge’s over a mile but the stiffness wore off quite quickly. Think the running after the cycle session is a good idea, no matter how small the run is so I’m always trying to fit it in.

 

Having left the gym to pick up my daughter, we were back there for her swimming lesson an hour later. Hadn’t been home to dump the stuff, so I let the wife sort her out and I did a swim. This time, I thought it would be better just to wear my normal swimming shorts. God knows what would have happened if I’d turned up poolside in what looks like from a distance very tight leather shorts while there is a kiddy swimming lesson going on. Guess I could have made the front page of the Daily Mail!! Ended up doing just over a mile, but at a nice easy pace, probably the swimming version of a gentle jog.

 

So a good week. Nothing was too hard, the swimming I’m happy with, just need to get some bike miles sorted properly now.

Rubber and Lube at the gym

Had a good week. Back at the gym now, doing my sessions with a PT. Mainly aimed at core and endurance but this week been trying to get some strength back so done some weights and a little sparring.

 

Thought I’d test out my Zone 3 Buoyancy shorts for the first time. They’re designed to help core stability whilst you swim, and are pretty much a cut off wetsuit. Have to say, they’re not a great look when you’re in the changing rooms or out of the pool. Sort of a cross between some tight kinky leather shorts and incontinence pants. And the sorts of noises you make when you’re squeezing them on in the changing rooms probably would take some explaining, as well as the tube of lube that accompanied them. Still, I managed to get them on and waddle out into the pool without getting arrested.

 

Once I got in the pool, they felt fine. I’ve never used a pull buoy before, but these are aimed at replacing that, with the added advantage of being able to kick as well. As soon as I started swimming, the first feel was my middle was closer to the surface and I wasn’t dangling my legs too deep. In addition, I felt much more able to move through the water and breathing on both sides was much easier as I was able to rotate from side to side so easily. All presumably down to the extra buoyancy they were giving, so they pretty much did what they said they would.

 

Felt very comfortable, and as I had the time, I just kept on and ended up doing the full IM 3.8 km. Just doing that gives me some confidence, it wasn’t particularly quick, a little over 75 minutes but knowing that the distance is not a problem 6 months before the event is a good thing. I’ve always been a decent swimmer, but over the past 12 months or so since I got into tri, I’ve stepped up the distance more. To be honest, I could have gone on past the 3.8 km but I called it quits at that and had a chill in the steam room.

 

So if anyone is particularly interested, would certainly recommend the buoyancy shorts, as long as you can live with the look!!

 

Have also done a couple of runs, nothing major, a couple of 5 km’s just to get back into the swing. I’ve managed to get a flat on the turbo so have to replace that which is a job for tonight. I really ought to concentrate on the bike now as that’s the weakest point by far. I know I can do the swim, I’ll get round the run its just that bike bit is the bit that I know I’m going to struggle with. Good job its only 112 miles and the biggest part then!!

Mojo Back

Not really had a lot to report in December. Did a little bit of running, little bit of gym work, little bit of turbo and a little bit of swimming.

 

Had an enforced break in mid December as went off to EuroDisney with my two little girls for a few days. By the time we got back, it was pretty much Christmas and coupled with the crappy weather, I’ve not got out at all. I’ve been up early a few mornings but once I got downstairs with my gear to get changed into, I just couldn’t get the enthusiasm to force myself out. Guess the darkness, gale force winds and horizontal rain weren’t helping me but I just couldn’t do it, which is unusual for me.

 

Managed to get back into it by going out for a mess about on my off road bike at the start of the week. As soon as I got out I was enjoying it, even though it was pretty cold. Just did a couple of hours but did manage a mix of off road mud and on road hills. Nothing too severe but got me back into the swing of it. Only downer was I found the only bit of black ice in the area and binned it at the bottom of a hill. Fortunately, saw it at the last minute but not a lot I could do as I was stopping for the junction. All happened in slow motion, first the rear wheel was ahead of the front wheel, then tried to balance myself by putting my foot down, straight onto the ice which then took me down completely. Pretty much bounced straight back up so no great injury, my right hand hurt a little but the gloves did their job.

 

Back in the gym in the morning, looking forward to that so looks like the training mojo is back.

How Long???

Had an email from IMUK today. Nothing in that I hear you say, other than the snippet that said “IMUK is 36 weeks away.” How long??!! I only just booked it the other week, or so it seemed. It was actually August that I booked it, sat on a sunbed in Portugal thinking I had ages to sort myself out.

 

I’ve now “used” about a quarter of the time that I had and that has got me a little concerned. I really need to get some bike miles in my legs, but looking at the weather, its just going to be turbo sessions. I’m sure they’re better than nothing but its the bike that bothers me the most which is why I thought I’d have done more than I have now. This month will be a write off as I’m off to EuroDisney for a few days with my two youngest, then its Christmas and New Year, and before long its less than 6 months to D Day.

 

I know I’m not starting from nothing, I’ve got a basic, decent fitness but I’m sure this is going to be like nothing else. If it was to happen tomorrow, I’d have a go but I really want to give a good account of myself. I’ve read and digested every scrap of information on t’interweb I can, every forum and every blog. I reckon I’m quite knowledgeable about what could happen but that’s nothing like experiencing it first-hand. Guess this is my first mental hurdle to get over, the doubt that I can do it or devote the time I need to training. I’m confident I’ll be there on 20th July, probably nearer 11 o’clock than I’d like but as long as I hear those words “Malcolm, you are an Iron Man.” then I’ll be happy.

 

Right, I’m off to watch Celebrity…..:)

 

(Although I’m at the gym in the morning!!)

Swimming Intervals

Got my backside in gear a little more this week and started doing some turbo work. The bike is definitely my worst discipline so it needs the most work. Coupled with the fact its the one that also covers the most distance, I really do need to concentrate on it. At the minute, I’m just doing some turbo sessions to get some miles into my legs, I’ll start properly with a structured training plan after Christmas.

 

I’ve also got an off road bike now, and I’ve been messing about on that. Its good fun in the mud, harder work than on the road, or at least it feels like it is. Its also helping with my biking skills which need all the help they can get.

 

The one thing I have started properly is my swimming. I used to be quite a strong swimmer in my younger days and I’ve been quite impressed how I’ve been able to pick it back up. I’ve done the IM distance of 2.4 miles a couple of times in the pool, so the swimming is probably the one I’m most confident about, which is usually the opposite for most triathletes.

 

The thing I’ve noticed most is for the majority of my swims, my time hardly changes for whatever distance I do. I’m generally locked into the 2 minutes per 100 metre speed, and just keep at that all the way through my swim, regardless of distance. I need to try and gain some advantage going into the cycling so if I can gain 5 minutes on the swim, that’s me hopefully a couple of kilometres or so up the road from everyone who will be much better cyclists.

 

I’ve signed up for a 6 month training plan, and looking at it, the best way to increase speed is interval work. Oh good I thought, so after an hour in the gym on Wednesday, I still had an hour and a half to kill so I did some swimming intervals. It was hard work but hopefully if I keep it up, I’ll feel the benefit. I did a warm up of 600 metres, then 10 100 metre swims with a 45 ish second break between them, followed by a 400 metre warm down. I wasn’t sure what time to aim at with the 100 metre swims, so aimed at 1 minute 45 seconds. The pool was a little busy but only had to take avoiding action once thanks to a couple of older ladies just bouncing up and down the pool. They managed to create quite a swell as well, so it wasn’t just a nice, calm pool!! All my swims bar the one I mentioned above were below 1.45, in fact 7 were below 1.40 so next week, I’m aiming to keep all below 1.40.

 

Really felt like I’d been in a session when I got out, which I guess means it did some good!!

You’re doing what???

Something I’m sure anyone who does a triathlon gets asked on numerous occasions, closely followed by the “Why?”

 

For me, it all started from a drunken bet at Christmas 2009. I got an email from an old mate who just said “Here’s the link, if you dare”. It was entry to the Wilmslow Half Marathon, so having some pretty decent wine sloshing about in me, I put my name down. I was going to the gym then, but not really seriously so this would be quite a step up for me.

 

To be fair, I did a reasonable amount of training for it, and when race day came round, I was confident that I would at least finish it, which was my main, initial aim. I did it but had to have two or three walking breaks around the course. I finished in about 2 hours 25 minutes so nothing special, but I got a real buzz out of doing it. I’d never done anything like that before, and really enjoyed the experience in some sort of perverse way. Twelve months later, I was back, determined to beat my previous time. As I remember, I probably didn’t do as much training for this as I’d finished the year before so that was one thing that was out of my mind, not finishing. I plodded round the course, probably only had a couple of walking breaks but didn’t beat the previous years time, which didn’t impress me at all.

 

In the October of that year, we went away on holiday, and when I saw the pictures of me by the pool, something clicked inside me and I just thought I had to get my arse into gear and do something about my weight. At that point, I was nearly 16 1/2 stone. My wife mentioned she had talked to a lady at one of these lunch things that she went to about a diet that was very strict but it gave results. After some prompting, I discovered it was called Lighter Life and there was quite a local rep. A couple of days later, I’m having my “consultation” with the local rep. Yes its very strict, but if you have the will power, then it gives results. I wont harp on about the rights and wrongs of how they do it, all I will say in the 6 months or so I did it, I lost 4 1/2 stone, and that weight has stayed off. I’ve tried other diets but this is the one that worked for me.

 

In the middle of this, Wilmslow Half appeared. At this point, I’d lost about 3 stone, so by not carrying that round, I beat the 2010 and 2011 times by 15 minutes to do it in 2 hours 10 minutes. The thing that impressed me most was I did it without taking a walking break. The next target had to be beating 2 hours so I entered the Tatton Half in November. Like an awful lot of races, this was billed as “the flattest half in the country”, pity they forgot to mention the last couple of miles was up Tatton Mile, or all the railway bridges we went over. Anyway, managed to run it all but just missed the 2 hours by 2 minutes. That gave me confidence moving forward as I’m not the fastest by any means.

 

While all the running was going on, I was at the gym 3 times a week with a trainer. This helped the weight loss obviously but also started me thinking about if I could do anything other than running. One of the other trainers had done some Iron Man triathlons, so we got chatting and he suggested that I give a sprint tri a go. Swimming has never been a problem, running I can get away with so it was just the bike, how hard can it be? There’s that phrase, “You never forget how to ride a bike”. That may well be true, but what the hell have they done to the gears in the past 30 years since I rode a bike!! And you clip your feet in now? Sod that, I’m going to wobble about looking like a mobile accident, which pretty much I did. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and that brings me round to actually answering the questions, “You’re doing what?” and “Why?”

 

The first question is easy, I’m doing a triathlon. The only difference in the answer is the distance, be it a sprint or Iron distance. To be honest, if its a sprint, people tend to understand it and don’t query it, I’ve had more “Why”‘s since I decided on doing IMUK than I’ve ever had.

 

For me, I’m doing it to see just how far I can actually push myself, not just physically but mentally. I know my body will be able to take it, its just whether my brain lets it. I’m sure it will be nice to have the kudos of telling people you’ve done an Iron Man, assuming I finish but I just want to prove that I can do it to myself. And most of all, I just want to experience the emotion of running down that final few hundred yards and as I cross the line I hear “Malcolm, you are an Iron Man.”  

Post Capesthorne

Had a nice week doing pretty much nothing, but got back into it this week.

 

Been messing on my off road bike in the mud. Great fun, wish I’d got one years ago now. Its not a full off road mountain bike but it does everything I need it to do so I’m like a big kid with it. I’m quite lucky where I live as we’re in the middle of a lot of stuff, but ride out for a couple of miles, and I can be in the countryside. I’m also very close to the River Bollin so its great to be arsing around on the banks through the trees and mud. Just need to watch out for any enthusiastic dogs, or protective owners. Never seem to have much of a problem when I’m out running but when I’m on a bike, it seems different and they want to have a pop, the dogs that is.

 

Also done some swimming for the first time in a while. A couple of short ones, but one biggish one of 1.8 km, which is the half ironman distance. Felt quite good doing it, although wasn’t particularly quick. Enjoyed doing it and the fact that I could just get in the pool and do it gives me a lot of confidence, although I realise pool swimming and open water are two different things. To be honest, swimming isn’t really my worry for IMUK, its the bike which is why I’m going to concentrate on that for the Winter.

 

Looking back at the HM last week, learnt a couple of things. Think the main one was not to use the gels that I did. They gave me some really bad stomach pains and was very relieved it wasn’t too far to drive home after the run, even so, only just made it home!! Little bit disappointed as they’re the gels at IMUK in Bolton so was rather hoping to be able to use them, will just have to use my usual ones instead. Might trial some others before IMUK but at least I know mine work.

 

This was the first time I’d properly had a plan for a race, and it sort of worked. I knew what time I was aiming for, and what I had to do each mile in. I’ve always just put my head down and run beforehand and got through it, this time I was a little more scientific and felt better for it. That’s what comes of reading too much on t’interweb I guess. Needed better preparation but that’s down to me and I’ll sort that next year. 

 

Just looking at other events for next year now, will hopefully put an update on what I’m going to shuffle round next year later this month

 

 

Capesthorne Hall Half Marathon

Sat in the car this morning in a muddy field, rain belting down and wife and kids still tucked up in bed, really did question what I was doing. I spose I should have been happy that I thought I was fit enough to do this half, with the 2 weeks lead up giving me a bad cold and some major nipple issues, was hardly ideal preparation.

Went for a wander in between showers, and found a van that had a coffee machine in the back, but it was also grinding the beans there and then. Fresh coffee, result!! I hadn’t had my morning expresso for fear of waking everyone up so that was a welcome sight. Had that back in the car, listening to Talksport and having my traditional pre race banana.

Time to get ready. My major dilemma was whether to wear my running tights. To be honest, it wasn’t that cold, just windy and wet so I did without, which proved to be the correct choice. Hate getting too hot when I’m running and was just right today.

Ten minutes to off, so I wander up to the start line. My Garmin 910 was taking its time to pick up the satellites but eventually gets sorted. Everything nice and smooth, until I noticed the Garmin was locked. How did I do that? And more to the point, how do I undo that??!! Bit of a flap, pressing various combinations of buttons and a look around for someone wearing the same but no luck. 60 seconds before the start, get the magic words “unlocked” and I’m done. Hardly any time to breath a sigh of relief, and we’re off.

The start was a little chaotic. There were apparently nearly 1000 runners entered but the start had us running down what was quite a narrow path. If you stepped off the path, then there was a chance you’d go ankle deep into the mud so I tried to stay on the path, but to be perfectly honest, there were a lot in front who were slower than I wanted to go so I risked the “off road” track a couple of times. Good job I’ve done some running on the beach at Abersoch as it felt just like that. There was also some standing water on the track so there was quite a lot of bumping and barging as people tried to avoid the puddles. Guess it was running equivalent of the start to an Ironman swim!!

It did spread out a little once we got out of the Hall’s grounds but not before we had to filter over a narrow ish bridge. Personally, I like my own space when I’m running so I didn’t enjoy that first mile or so, and it was also a lot slower than I would have liked but I soon got a little bit of room and got myself into my zone. I don’t listen to music when I’m out running so I just try and enjoy the scenery, sing or talk to myself (in my head, not outloud!!) or give myself little targets to hit.

This is probably the first half that I’ve done where I’ve actually had a plan beforehand. I’m not particularly quick, my previous best was 1 hour 57 minutes so I was determined to keep under 2 hours, but ideally wanted to get below 1 hour 50 minutes. That meant keeping to round about 8 1/2 minute miles and after my first slow mile I was doing 8 1/4 minute miles which gave me some breathing space for when I slowed later. I also had 3 power gels that I planned to trial. These are the ones that are used at IMUK so may as well see if they agree with me, which again was another good choice looking back.

It was quite an uneventful run for me where I was. There were a few cars that came the other way but they kept to their side. The weather sort of held off, had a few little showers but nothing too bad, until I got to about mile 11 when it just dropped. I had a little bit of a wobble round about mile 3 but took a gel and a bottle of water from the first water station and seemed to cure it. Did worry me a little at the time but convinced myself that it was down to not having a great preparation and also not having enough fuel in me. Didn’t have my traditional pasta bake the night before as I was at a fireworks display. Round about mile 5, a load of cyclists appeared on our shoulders. Made a nice change for them to be stuck behind us as we were 2/3 abreast!!

Pretty much kept my pace up to about mile 10, then started to slow a little. Think that must be down to my preparation but was still ok. Took my last gel and had a mouthful of water from the bottle I’d kept from the second water station and tried to up my pace but struggled. Good job I kept that bottle as the last water station at mile 10 seemed to have run out. Although I wasn’t at the front, there were quite a few behind me so for the water station to run out of water is abit of a poor show.

Soon arrived back at the Hall’s grounds and this time, it was much easier going over the bridge!! Quite a small entrance to the finish but a lot of people there to give encouragement. Nice feeling to squelch over the line through the mud, pick up a drink and the goody bag with the medal and t shirt in.

Finished in 1 hour 53 minutes and 33 seconds, which is a PB for me, so not going to complain. Over the past 3 1/2 years that I’ve been doing HM’s, my time has come down from just off 2 1/2 hours to this so have to be happy. Having said that, there’s about 4 stones less of me to drag around the course now!!

For all my little criticisms, I enjoyed the day and will probably be back next year. It’s certainly a better way to finish my year on a PB for my HM than walking back to Wilmslow pushing my bike with 2 flats having dropped out of the South Manchester Triathlon.

Tempting Fate

I knew I shouldn’t have written that piece the other week about me never getting ill. Woke up yesterday and felt shocking. Not too much of a cold but double achey and felt like I had a G clamp on my head. Bugger, bugger, bugger.

Capesthorne half this Sunday so popped a Zinc tablet and tried to get some vitamin C down me. Even had a sleep yesterday afternoon as felt so rough. Not going to be able to do the run if I feel like this which won’t impress me at all. Feel a little better this morning, took an extra strength Lemsip last night and it knocked me out so feel better for a good sleep. Might try and get some fresh air this morning, go out for a mess about on the mountain bike see if that helps.

Was at the dentist on Monday seeing the hygienist. I knew her husband was into running and her son but she’s took it up now and will be there on Sunday so I’m going to have to sort myself out.

Back to the Zinc and Vitamin C today. Apparently Zinc helps fight off any illnesses, so I’ll try that. Like I said before, I tend to take Echinacea if I feel anything coming on, but as this just turned up unannounced, it may be a little late for that now.

Will get sorted for Sunday, though hardly the best preparation.