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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

Week 6: Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Some weeks are a little harder than others! Despite some really good things happening last week including this:

IRONMAN Certified Coach - Robyn Caddell

Can you believe it? I am an IRONMAN Certified Coach! I am working on my first program for an amazingly talented athlete and look forward to seeing what she can do on her first IRONMAN 70.3.

But back to Blackall. I was extremely slow this week. Not one run felt in the zone. Thursdays double run didn’t happen. I made it back from yoga just before a massive downpour and the lightening just isn’t my thing to run in! By Saturday I woke up and felt like I could sleep for 3 weeks. I decided not to run and did my 1.30 run on Sunday afternoon as a walk.

So this is what the week ended up looking like.

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This week also needs to change because I am no longer going to Bangkok!

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I have decided to stay in Penang until the 31 May because productivity wise I am powering through my other course and goals I want to complete. I realise that to shake it up and move when I am this close to finishing is probably not a good idea and plus when I head to Myanmar and Laos I just want to be a ‘tourist’ and a not worry if I have to do a Skype call or get some research done.

I am going to do 4 yoga sessions a week. Two Yin Yoga and two Hatha. Yin is literally my favourite style of yoga because it complements my endurance training. Nothing like doing hip openers after a week of running to get the body in tune!

This weeks weather doesn’t look nice again LOL but this is Penang and it is hot, humid and stormy!

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I have also discovered that I am not tolerating certain foods. I no longer have good reactions to naan bread or too much Indian food. I am all good if I eat the Thali’s which have much more vegetables than sauce and rice instead of naan. Food don’t you know I love you why do you have to plague me with troubles??

I do feel very sorry for my coach with all my changes and weird shit. Oh I am off to this country, I want to include 4 sessions of yoga, and numerous other things I have put him through since he first started coaching me just over 19 months ago. He is currently training for IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns on the 12 Jun 16. So I am trying not to be too much of a pain in the arse! I promise Coach!! But I am excited to start being mentored by him in the future. Dan is a very good coach and I couldn’t imagine a better guy to learn from!

So I can’t tell you want the end of this week will look like but fingers crossed it is green and happy!

How do you deal with fatigue and not feeling like training?

Blessed Be,
Robyn xox

Week 4 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmTalk about having a much better week!!!

Firstly sorry this post is going up a day late – both my coach and I are Australian Army Veterans and yesterday was ANZAC Day so that took precedent over blogging.

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But back to my better week! I managed to log a very substantial training week and my body is feeling very good! Note the swimming just hasn’t happened over the last 2 weeks. It would take me 2 hours to get to the pool, the reviews are poor for the actual pool and the water near where I am – pollution and disgusting!!!!

But the rest of it has been actually really good and I will put this down to a couple of things:

  • Yin Yoga! As most of you will know I love my Yin Yoga and I think it is the perfect complement to any endurance athletes bag of tricks!
  • Positive eating! I have been eating fairly well and feeling very good about what is going in my body. That said I am wondering if I have have a couple more sensitives with food than I realised – see picture below!
  • Realising how much I care about my goals and my body. So I had a bit of a realisation that while my race goals only really mean a lot to a few people but they are also important to my well-being. I have found that by having crazy goals and achieving them I flourish in other areas of my life. I guess you could say I am more in-balance when I am training for something crazy! Caring about my body is not about if I have no cellulite or the perfect butt but it is about knowing I am treating my body well. It is my temple and it loves to be healthy!
  • Spending most of my runs focusing on technique and using my running time as meditative time!

So what does this week look like:

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As you can see I have already done a massive hike to commemorate ANZAC Day. What you don’t know is that I walked another 4-5km afterwards trying to find somewhere to get a pedicure! No pedicure but I do have a blister and I am pretty sure my feet hate me! The rest of the week is lower in volume but I have to say a 7km effort is freaking me out but today is Tuesday so just focusing on that!

Check out the weather though!! OMG I hate humidity but it is giving me an excuse to drink extra coconut water!!

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 9.53.15 amI am looking forward to this lower volume training week so that next week I am fresh for the next evolution!

What is on your training plan for this week? Let me know your challenges, goals and frustrations!

Blessed Be
Robyn xox