Week 11 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmSo straight up, apologies for not posting weeks 9 and 10. No real reason why other than that I was just being flat out lazy! Well not quite true. While I won’t bother going back completely over what has happened, I certainly didn’t have a solid 2 weeks. I had a lot of my study to finish before I left Penang and also didn’t have a great end to my stay. I won’t go into detail on that matter but in the end I was very glad to be leaving.

My introvert side needed to be acknowledged and supported which meant I distanced myself from most people around me.

I arrived in Myanmar and hooked up with a great group of guys and ended up traveling most of the time with two guys. They were just what I needed to laugh and have a good time without worrying about anything. We tripped around on scooters, bikes, hiked steps and avoided monkeys while checking out the magical Myanmar sights. Though sadly I got a little sick while I was there. Between IG issues, a blocked tear duct (this hurts like bloody all hell) and constant headaches meant I wasn’t a happy runner.

The training mood changer happened after arriving in Bangkok! Yesterday was the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns. A number of my fellow Mavericks Alliance Athletes were racing. Including my Coach  Dan McTainsh  After watching him race, I knew it was time to get my blogging and butt back into gear.

So what does this week look like……

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LOL yep this week certainly fits with my lazy side!!!

Poor Coach was so focused on his race that he can be forgiven for not posting this weeks training program! Don’t worry I did let on that I didn’t have a program and it will be corrected when he surfaces again. So this morning I did 1 hour of yoga and my strength sets. Tonight, I catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai and then will be there for the remainder of the week and maybe half of next week. All depends on my Indian Visa and how quickly I get my research project completed.

I am hoping to find some trails either in Chiang Mai or Laos because once I get to India my running will take a back foot while I complete my Yoga Teacher Training.

So again apologies for the lack of updates and next Monday we will be fully back at it!

Did you do something epic on the weekend?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

Week 8 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Do you realise how difficult it can be to blog about your training!? I mean I get up, train, eat, work for the day, yoga a couple of times a week, eat and sleep again. It doesn’t make for entertaining blogging.

I decided to blog to keep myself accountable after a period of not training and being well in short bloody lazy. Now I am hitting most of my runs and sessions but this is week eight and I am getting stronger but I am also having troubles.

I have been having some stomach issues – again! Not on the run (thank god!) but with bloating after meals and this makes for life being uncomfortable. I never used to have such issues with food but during my IRONMAN they started. Before anyone states it is because I am plant-based I was still eating meat and dairy – lots of it – while I did my IRONMAN. This past week I think it has to do with eating lots of processed carbs rather than whole foods. Back to the whole-food plant-based eating which means that my food budget just increased.

But what did last weeks training look like.

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Not really sure what happened to Monday’s session it kind of got lost….. I didn’t run on Saturday because when I woke up it was torrential rain and later that day when I went to go it was again torrential rain with lightening! Now I know that running in all weather conditions is good training you can bite it if you think I am running with lightening cracking overhead in a foreign country where I will admit I don’t know the emergency number. I like to put my safety first.

I am very glad I did because on Sunday when I hit the trails I actually hit the trails rather than the road. Penang Hill has many trails that I have basically only just discovered! How did I miss them! 1 mile took me 25 minute which tells you how steep and step filled part of the climb is. I didn’t take too many photos but you can be assured this weekend when I am out there enjoying the trails I will!

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So this week is a pretty big week. In fact when I read it I was like oh that is going to hurt!

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What is your training for this coming week?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

Week 7 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Some days I think to myself – why must you choose crazy races? Surely you can just start doing half marathons and half IRONMANs and just get the whole endurance thing out of your head and heart…… but see that is the problem or the good thing, they are in my head and my heart.

Last week after deciding to stay in Penang, I got some solid training in. Again the weather stopped my PM run on Thursday and Friday’s I was going to do in the afternoon as well but alas the weather was again feral. Normally I don’t care about training in the rain but lightening is a whole different story!!

So this is how last week ending up:

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Pretty happy with 52.6km… what scares me through is my coaches comment on this weeks… 7 weeks to 100km week! Eek!

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This week will be another fairly big week with closer to 60km on the pavement. Though I am going to try and head out to one of the parks and get some trail running in. Though it is proving rather difficult to find out just where the bloody trails start! Ah the joy of not running in your own backyard! I miss you Noosa!

The weather is also looking great… NOT! Apparently the wet is upon us!

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I don’t often plug other peoples books but this week I read Trail Blazer: My Life as an Ultra-distance Trail Runner by Ryan Sandes. Ryan is not only wickedly fast but a pretty down to earth character as well. He raced in the Australia The North Face 100 over the weekend so reading his book at the same time was kind of cool! Ryan has won all 4 of the 4 Desert races and a plethora of other ‘bucket list’ races. He is also a Salomon Athlete (pipe dream) and RedBull sponsored!

(Credit: RedBull Website)

(Credit: RedBull Website)

Perhaps one of the strangest (and I might add best!) takeaways I got from his book was to do with RedBull… okay okay we all know I love my RedBull but it was how he raced and trained with it! He mixes it with water!!! Why the hell didn’t I think of that before!!! So here’s to drinking watered down RedBull on all my long runs and races!

(Credit: RedBull Website)

(Credit: RedBull Website)

What are you training plans this week?

Blessed Be,
Robyn xox