Training-wise this week has not gone well After pulling my hamstrings (yes I did both legs last weekend) I have had to back off the run training which has been hard as Perry has just intensified the run sessions, and get on the cross trainer instead. A good physio last night helped though and they are finally not hurting as much.
But the rest of the week has been AMAZING......
I had 2 interviews this week and susequently started working as a Lifeguard at Runnymede - with a possibility of another Lifeguard job at my Virgin gym where I train 6 days a week at the moment anyway!
The second interview this week was with a possible new Sponsor. The interview went really well and they were extremely interested in me ...... so watch this space!
But by far the best was saved til last - on Friday I received confirmation from British Triathlon that I have qualified for the GB Team for the European Aquathlon Champs in Germany in June!
I am thrilled to qualify and represent my Country only 5 months into my return to the Triathlon scene and after redirecting my training.
The swim is open water in the Rhine and is a 1000m (gulp) with a 5k run after. I prefer open water swimming but I have never raced with this distance of swim before so this will be a huge challenge for me.
I Dont know yet whether the swim will need a wetsuit (depends on the temperature of the water on the day) but I'd better get some open water training in as soon as the lake opens. (And better try my wetsuit on to see if it still fits!)
The area looks beautiful and we have booked a hotel overlooking the rhine and within walking distance of the event.
I've ordered my new GB kit too - cant wait to see how it looks with my name above the GBR (Mum is gonna be blubbering again when she sees me in it!) I'll post a pic as soon as it arrives.
Just finished my first adult race of the season (5k run/10k bike/5k run continuous) - it was so hard!
Apart from a jammed brake pad on the bike section, a pulled knee on the run, a head wind literally all the time and a killer-ass hill at the end, it went great!:')
No seriously, I am so happy to finally get back into racing, even if it was a hard race! And finally got to wear my new team kit, Squad Dezire. Got a few nice comments from people about it, so thank you to those people!
It was a lovely venue and the marshals/spectators were so encouraging at the NiceTri Duathlon today, so also thank you to them!
As you can tell from the photo below, I was absolutely knackered!
20th Feb 2015
Yayayaaa - I am officially a fully qualified Lifeguard!
Finally finished the course today and passed without a hiccup! I've got to say, I was a nervous wreck! For the past week, I have been bombarded with this new information and scenarios, but finally, I can take a breath a sigh of relief. And now I can start earning some money to help pay for my races.
Some advice for candidates for the NPLQ Lifeguarding Course: do not panic! I panicked on Thursday that I didn't know enough, or that I would fluff up the questions in the exam, but it was actually quite easy!
The instructors are so good and the book you are given is so helpful and easy to follow. The pool work isn't as hard as you would think, although I think I know have a permanent bruise on the heel of my hand from all the CPR I was doing (ON THE DUMMIES, NOT REAL PEOPLE!)
So yeah, I'm stress free now (well until I get to GCSE's at least!)
At least I can get back to training now as this week has been a bit of a washout (sorry Perry ) - although it has been my easy week.
......I just have a Duathlon to complete this Sunday! What was I saying about stress?