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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

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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 5 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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The start of Week 5. I am a bit flat coming into this week. I greatly missed my family over the week and also got very little sleep…. My previously peaceful hostel turned into a party hostel and I did not cope well!

Last night however it appeared to be back to normal. No noise after 11pm so I was able to fall asleep and get a decent night in.

So what happened last week.

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If you remember I was meant to do the 35 min run on Thursday but I ended up not getting it in. No excuses really but finally managed to get in it on Sunday morning. I really should take my camera out on some of my morning runs because the sun rising and the groups of elderly Chinese men and women doing Tai Chi was a magical sight.

I also stupidly arrived at yoga 30 mins late and was locked out of the practice. My own practice is never as intense. Becoming a qualified yoga teacher will assist in my own ability to put together a brilliant routine for myself – and others!!!!

This week may also get twisted around a bit.

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I have got to get in contact with the coach and sort a few things out! It is my last full week in Penang as well so I am mindful of the fact I really haven’t seen much of the place! I am going to go exploring on Saturday and Sunday. Hoping to get my yoga as well as a trip to one of the National Park’s in on Sunday.

I have also realised my obsession with Indian food must stop! It is way too heavy to be eating when training for an ultra marathon. I am very grateful that I have found The Leaf Healthy House because they have brilliant healthy and light meals all seem to follow Chinese Medicine principles. Each time I eat there I feel nourished and healthy. The Indian is making me feel bloated and heavy! Oh but I do love it!!! It might have to be a Sunday night treat as The Leaf Healthy House is closed on Sundays!

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The weather doesn’t look like it is going to be nice. Then again after watching a number of people from the squad I belong to back home race at the Port Macquarie IRONMAN over the weekend, well I have nothing to complain about! Watching them cross the finish also reminded me that 2017 is going to be a big IRONMAN year for me! I am tingling with excitement so nailing all these sessions and finishing 2016 with some massive results will mean 2017 is an amazing race year for me!

So back to work and training for me! What are your training plans for the week?

Blessed Be,
Robyn xox