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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 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