Playing catch up.

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(My happy / sweaty / tired / excited / helmet marked head – post bike!)

Apologies for the radio silence the past couple of days! I’ve been working my beeeehind off shooting outside of London, 5am wake ups and then not getting in through the door till 7:30pm has left my days looking exactly something like this… Wake up, walk dogs, eat breakfast, shower, work, home, eat dinner, walk dogs, workout, shower, sleep and repeat. Absolutely zero time for anything else, let alone blogging! I’m quite proud that I kept my workouts up though, despite just wanting to face plant on the sofa and move only when it was time to get into bed! Haha!

Anywho, I’ll do a little run through of the days that I’ve missed…

Saturday, me and my fellow maidens were up and out of the house by 7am and headed over to Hyde Park to watch the elite women race the ITU World Champs! It’s the first race I’ve ever been to and I loved it! I was nervous for all of them so I can’t imagine what I’ll be like when it comes to me getting up there and doing my stuff, despite the fact that my future races will all be on a MUCH smaller scale! 😉 It got me all inspired anyway and kind of prompted me to start thinking about what distance I really want to focus on.. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured that out!

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Sunday involved my first proper outing on the bike! I cycled to meet a friend, Rosa, and she took me on a mahoosive ride around London, 47.36 miles in total! I LOVED it!

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There’s something about riding a bike that’s so reminiscent of carefree childhood days. I was as giddy as a kipper on one particularly fast straight when my speedometer clocked in at 29.1 mph, we were flying and it was brilliant! 🙂 I got home showered and spent a while stretching and rolling with the rumble roller (best foam roller I’ve ever used! Well worth investing in!!).

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Monday, I had work but when I got in I walked the dogs for 30 minutes and then did a quick 30 minutes recovery ride. Easier gear and higher cadence, just to get my blood flowing and hopefully help to flush out any build up of toxins from yesterdays longer effort. I finished up with some foam rolling.

Tuesday, after work I walked the dogs for 30 minutes then hopped on the bike and did 10 minutes warm up then 25 minutes main set alternating between 3 mins hard and 2 mins easy. As soon as this was finished I hopped off the bike and did a quick mile run outside. It was late, dark and raining but I just wanted to try and work on my speed off the bike. I might have mentioned before but I’m more than a little worried about my initial lack of speed, especially with this my first race coming up. I always do negative splits in a run  and always finish significantly  faster than I start but I definitely struggle to go strong straight out of the gate, something to work on for sure!

Wednesday I didn’t get in from work till gone 9 so I designated it as an active rest day!

Thursday I just felt generally knackered and so decided to listen to my body and I took a full rest day. It was blissful. I ended up cleaning out a load of stuff and reorganising the house AND I baked these Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies so, there you go! A day well spent, if you ask me! 😉

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This leads us right up until today, Friday! This morning I set my alarm for a pretty luxurious (after the 5 am starts earlier in the week!) 6:30am, had a small bowl of porridge and then ran the 1.2 miles to the pool. I then started swimming but honestly I had a bloody awful workout. My stroke felt super messy and for some reason my motivation was next to none! I ended up cutting the session short after 30 minutes and running the 1.2 miles home again. I have learnt one thing though and that is that I simply cannot afford to slack off in the pool, consistency is key! I mean I knew that anyway but I really do need to be relentless. So i’m aiming to be in the pool, ideally, 5 times a week throughout the next few months, it’s realistic if I stay organised. This winter is definitely going to be a real test of my drive, determination and motivation, that’s fo’ sho! Anyway, in order to draw a line under this mornings less than successful workout and end the day on a good note I am planning on taking the bike out for a spin / set it up in the living room, either way this afternoon I’m gonna sweat HARD!

Tomorrow a 10 mile run with the girls, is on the cards so I will let you know how it goes!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Lots f love, Hayley

P.S I just want to say a huge HAPPY 4th ANNIVERSARY to the lovely Corey and Glen! I know that they have jet setted off to celebrate and I just wanted to give them a shoutout! Hope you’re having a fabulous time! Can’t wait to skype and hear all about it! xoxo

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