As some of you may know, I have recently started working in London. Trying to work 5 days a week and fit my training around it is quite hard (as I'm sure many people know), but mornings like this really make it worth it!
I had a recovery 60 minute run to do today, and I thought it would be nice to run around Regents Park, which is right next to my offices. I've never really ventured that far into the park so I didn't really have a specific route in mind - I just followed the paths and hoped it would take me in a circle!
I am so glad I decided to do this run today - I managed to catch the sunrise during my run, and also take a few pictures! There is also a zoo in the park, so managed to see some of the animals in there! From these photos, you wouldn't think I was in central London! It made the run so much better (it was freezing cold this morning, so I wasn't really looking forward to it) and I am definitely going to do it again.
I highly recommend this run to anyone who is near London or maybe works in London!
After only 2 weeks back to training after my rest, I wasn't expecting too much from this race. However, my dad was racing with me, so I was determined to beat him! Of course, we both thought we would win, but really I think he was just nervous that his 18 year old daughter would beat him!
I really liked this race - the course was undulating but not too hilly, and it was only 1 loop. Most people know that I hate a course that has multiple loops, I would rather not know what was coming so I don't hold back in any way. From the very start, a group of us stayed together, often switching places, but with about 3k to go, the group started to stretch out a little. I was struggling to keep up with them, but I felt like I was on for a good time, so I just stuck to my race plan that Kris had given me and ran to the end. When I got to about 400m to the finish, I found another burst of energy and sprinted to the finish line, beating some of the men who I had been running with!
I knew I had beaten my dad as he hadn't gone past me from the start, so I was already quite happy before I found out that I had got a PB! I was not expecting that at my first race back from my rest! That also meant that I received 1st place under 21, and 5th female overall!
I'm starting to get really excited about what I can do in a few months from now if I am already getting a PB!
P.S. Commiserations Dad, all those years when you were beating me have now ended!
Winter is finally upon us, bringing with it the dreaded winter training.
Every Triathlete knows that the winter season is the hardest training you will ever do. Along with the freezing cold weather, torrential rain and muddy cross-country races, the training shifts to focus on getting the base fitness the best it can be before picking up the speed next season. The training can become quite long and boring, but of course, I cannot expect to go into next year's season without getting some horribly-testing training sessions along the way!
Australia World Champs is my big goal next year, and I want to be as prepared as possible! Hopefully I will have my shoulder injury sorted soon and I can get on with trying to retain this years successes. Bring on 2018!!!
P.S. This weather is making me miss the summer!