Training 15/07/2010 – Kickboxing

Twice in the past month after heavy training weeks I’ve felt like I was coming down with something. Blocked nose, sore throat and a cough. I have asked around and the heavy training is the most likely cause. I am going to factor in a couple of rest weeks between now and the wedding. Probably from the Thursday before my Stag to the Thursday after. As I’m back in the gym for a session with Kib at Market Sports on the 29th.

Odd to think that doing exercise can make you ill. What an excuse not to do any! ha ha ha.

So I was feeling a bit run down before Kickboxing yesterday, really really tired after the gym session and interval training this week. I also get far too over excited about kickboxing, even though I am utterly shit at it I can’t wait to go.

Yesterday was a pretty hard session, started off with normal warm up, then did some jumping circuits. bit hard to describe, but I’ll give it a go.

1) Cross of Jumping Death 2 skipping ropes folded in half and arranged in a cross + you jump into each gap clockwise, anticlockwise, or in a figure of 8 so from bottom right you go left, diagonally up and right, left, diagonally back and right, left. I think!

2) Weird semi circle ball thing. I will try and find out what it’s called. you jump on it and then off again.

3) Burpee Medicine. 3 medicine balls of varying horribleness. Go down to a burpee position on the floor holding onto the ball, jump up, throw the ball to Stu, move onto the next one. Repeat

Did some punch combinations with Cat which seemed to be going ok when I remembered which one my left hand was.

Padwork session was frustrating. I need to go down there more. Even doing the group classes, I will try and fit it all in with training for the tri. I really would love to be at least reasonable at it.

Penultimate circuit was a rope ladder on the floor and four kick shields laying on their sides and a combination of hopscotch and either jumping over or running round the shields.

Falling on arse count: 1! – Very Happy

Last cirtcuit was six minute weight circuit on the shoulders. Being the idiot I am I picked up the 3 kilo weights. Had to put them down after 1 minute.

100 sit ups and 70 press ups over the hour.



Training – 14/07/2010 Bike / Run / Swim

Bike Run
Went down to the gym with Mrs last night to see what legs feel like straight after a bike ride: rubbish! Rode a quick 10k on the bike and jumped onto the running machine for 5k, a cut down simulation of the triathlon in 2 months.

I definitely know I’ve got it in me, I don’t think the energy will be a problem, I just need to keep doing it and improve!


I actually improved quite a lot I think. I only did about 6 lengths, but I learned a lot about breathing which makes me much more confident. I have a tendency to move my head forward after breating, but I think I can improve on this with a few more sessions.

Got my new bike! Specialzed Allez Elite 2010. It is lovely. Quite happy with clipless shoes.

Planning a mammoth bike ride on Saturday to see what how much work I have to do.Will probably ride the 1/2 marathon course and see what that’s going to be like.


Training 13/07/2010 – running / intervals

Intervals? Bastardavals more like. Horrible horrible things. So I thought I’d have a banana when I got in before running to give me some energy. It looks like I am unable to eat at all before running. I got a massive stitch during warm up. We ran around Weavers fields, then up to Haggerston which took about 20 minutes. Had to walk a little crossing the road as I had a stitch. Into the park and some 1 min sprints followed by 3 min recoveries. Didn’t work for me. The stitch would not go away so we switched to 1 min sprint. Minute walking. Did this for 10 minutes and stopped. It was bloody hard. I think the 1/3 is better, so next time I will refrain from eating.


Training 06/07/10 – Kickboxing

2 hours tonight, first 2 hour session in ages. (1hr with Stu + 1 hr Group Class) unfortunately I hadn’t been in 2 weeks so I was worse than useless. The warm up and circuits are becoming much easier as the fitness increases. Still struggling with roundhouse kicks, just can’t seem to get my back foot round and kick like I’ve been shown. Think I ended up getting a bit fatigued in the legs after squat session at the gym on Monday. 2nd hour was confusing. I think the fatigue really began to affect my brain as I couldn’t remember the combinations. Tried the Paragon monthly challenge which is continuous roundhouses into a kick shield. managed 70. Catheryne managed 88. Record is 114. Ended with a punch and push up circuit which was pretty evil. Continous punches (jab/cross) then push ups, then continuous uppercuts, push ups, hooks, push ups, cross hooks and a final bout of push ups. Ouch.

Will definitely be going much more, there is no sharpness from week to week, I need to be doing this a fewtimes a week.

Not hungry when I got home so we had a shake and a banana.


11 Weeks to a triathlon…

So signed up for the first triathlon of my life. This, in between 2 races I never thought I’d do. The Marie Curie Great Forest Run and the Maidstone Half Marathon.

Why? Well it’s a feat of human endurance that I never thought I’d be able to do, mostly because I never wanted to and then because I was too fat / lazy / hungover / unfit / smoking to do it.

Anyway. 11 weeks to train. In that time I have:

1 x Stag do

1 x wedding

1 x 10k race

Lots of planning and preparation for said wedding, and a job that I have to go to every day.  Should be fun.