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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


Week 1 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to ‘Ring the Bell’

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmThe challenge if you choose to accept – run 100km along the Sunshine Coast Great Walk and other sections of the Mapleton National Park covering the Blackall Range to ring a cowbell!

You would be mad to accept it… good thing I am mad!!! Challenge accepted!

While this challenge is not the longest total distance race I have done (IRONMAN is 226km) it will be the longest and most difficult running event I have set out to complete.

My dedication to training after the Davao 50km Ultramarathon was in a word WOEFUL!!! While I was having a great time doing yoga and laying on beaches in the Philippines I was also pretty much actively avoiding running. Deep down I knew that I was in a pretty bad emotional spot in regards to training.

So did my coach! He emailed me with a loving arse kicking with the right amount of challenge, arse kicking and motivation!

Coach Motivation

Coach’s Motivation

So today is 29 weeks till race! Monday’s will hereon in be known for updates and progress reports for Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell. Each Monday morning I will post my weekly training program and for subsequent weeks (after this post) my training completion rate along with any challenges the week presented!

Follow my ups and downs on what is going to be an emotional roller-coaster training for a massive race! This is no 5km walk in the park… this is 100km of some of the hardest trails around! Stairs and more stairs plus water crossings and hills, lots of bloody hills! Hell just look at the Blackall 100 Race Profile

Being a traveling plant-based endurance athlete has its challenges but this is part of my amazing life. Part of creating my free-range lifestyle is because I wanted to be able to travel, eat plant-based and race in crazy races so this is the time I prove to myself that I can do that and do it bloody well.

The real reason I am going to post each week is simple: accountability! I am making myself publicly accountable to my training because publicly stating my goals and requirements works for me. I am more motivated to train when I have people watching my journey. While you might not even give a flying shit that I am doing this but I will give a shit if I post a week where I have all red on my training program (red means I missed the session!).

Are you ready? It is going to be a long 29 weeks but some goals require big commitments of time and dedication! I’m ready to make this training my bitch! Blackall 100 it’s me and you baby!! Let’s do this thing!!!

Week 1:

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Time to get fucking serious about this thing!

Blessed Be
Robyn xox