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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


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

Pure and Lean – Re-schooling my nutritional mindset

So as you all know I recently went plant-based but what you don’t know is that also just did a re-school pertaining to my nutrition. I didn’t have much if any weight to lose (especially as it started two weeks after my first 50km ultramarathon) but it was more of the mental re-school I needed. I went completely plant-based on the 1 April and I feel about 1000% better. Aside from my one day of being ill from eating deep fried crap; yep there are plenty of crappy vegan options out there too, I am making much better health options and I have no guilt when I eat a treat!


Okay I know I changed it to black and white but the lighting was different in both pictures and looked really bonkers. I also realise it doesn’t look like much physically has changed on my body and really it didn’t need to. That said I am so happy to see my stomach looking much flatter!
So where did I do this re-school? Online with Anthony Noud from Pure and Lean Nutrition System. What can I say!! Amazing! I didn’t come to the re-school to lose any weight. The fact that I am an endurance athlete who has a pretty damn good figure meant it wasn’t about my actual figure. I didn’t need to lose weight but I did need to adjust my thought process around food and to not feel guilty about eating.

I have struggled for a long time with feeling guilt when I would eat a pizza or lots of chocolate and other crap etc this was compounded by the fact I was wanting to move towards a plant-based diet both for my racing.

My relationship with food is now so much clearer and I have even found myself not wanting the ‘unhealthy cheat’ meals but choosing better options most of the time. I have no guilt when I’ve had a massive meal that made me happy because I consciously knew why I was eating the foods.

I can’t thank Anthony enough for the process and it was from the very first client call that I knew the process was going to be challenging but rewarding. It was in that first call that I realised a lot of why I mindlessly eat has to do with abandonment. If you have been reading my blog you will know my history with losing my father and crappy relationships has caused that feeling but what I didn’t realise is that I was eating mindlessly because of it.

It helped me to be very conscious of the choices I make at restaurants and let’s face it I am eating out nearly every meal while I am traveling as it is super cheap. So I focus on what I am eating and if it serving my goals.

I look forward to working with him in the future when I will require more nutritional planning for my next epic endurance goals! I don’t want a repeat of my GI distress from the IRONMAN on my next endurance races!

The re-school also had an interesting side affect. Like the process of decluttering it really helped me focus on my studies. I have one assessment left on my IRONMAN Coaches Course. I keep kicking goals on my Life Coaching Cert IV and have decided to read Warrior Goddess Training as my book critique and add those elements into my coaching practice! We all know how much of a warrior goddess I am so why not embrace that! Lastly in terms of courses in Jul/Aug I head to India to do my yoga teachers course. Just a little excited about that one. The business plan and structure for my coaching business is developing really well and I am feeling so balanced in pretty much all aspects of my life!

I still ebb and flow with my motivation for training some days in the heat of Penang but I found Yin and Hatha Yoga over the weekend. Bonus it is walking distance so combining that with my running is already making a huge mental difference! If only I could find a Crossfit gym that close!

If you want to rethink your nutrition then the re-school program will do just that and more! LOL and ladies, Anthony is pretty easy on the eye when you do Skype calls and is charming to listen to when on one of his webinars. I might be celibate but I still have a pulse!  Shhh don’t tell him 😉

So what are you waiting for… get in contact with Anthony and re-school your nutrition…Click here for re-school You won’t regret it.

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

P.S. I am an advocate of real food diets. I don’t take unnecessary pills, supplements or huge quantities of protein (in fact I consistently have less than is ‘recommended’ because that is what feels best for me). I place more value on education and eating real foods than taking pills and apparent short cuts that potentially in the long run won’t serve you.

P.P.S This is not a paid advertisement for Pure & Lean Nutrition System. I loved doing the process and what Anthony teachers is valuable information to ensuring your eating is a love story and not a battle ground! All opinions are my own!