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All about Lizzie

Joined: 10 Jul 2006
Location: Reading
Occupation: HR Manager
Interests: Triathlon, nice wine (ok, any wine), Southampton FC (accident of birth)

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:29 am Lizzie
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Happy new year bloggers! Suddenly Christmas seems a very long time ago already. We had a good one though, lots of fun with friends and family the weekend before, followed by a very nasty hangover on Christmas Eve, oops . Luckily we were spending Christmas with my parents, so I wasn't required to do any of the cooking, although I did give my dad a hand!

Christmas itself was pretty quiet, Daisy really enjoyed it this year as she now "gets" the Father Christmas thing (although is a little bit scared of him!). The amount of presents they got was ridiculous though, we just about managed to get them in the car home!

I've had a touch of the lurgy over Christmas, nothing I can really put my finger on - a bit of a head cold that's not come to anything but more generally feeling run down, I've been in bed by 9pm most nights recently and haven't really done much exercise at all over Christmas. Starting to get back into it now, I did just a 2.5 mile run on the 30th and 4 miles on new year's day - start as I mean to go on and all that!

Anyway, my present from Mr Lizzie (in addition to a rather nice pair of diamond earrings I might add Smile ) was entry into the Henley Triathlon (sprint distance) in June. That's finally stopped me procrastinating, and is nice as I feel he's supportive of the training too (not that I didn't before, I think it's just easy to feel a bit guilty about doing things for me). I'd actually entered the Reading HM on Christmas Eve too as entries closed on Christmas day, so I now how have 2 races to think about.

I'm going to have to think about training as time is really a problem for me, with Mr Lizzie away in the week, swimming is going to be nigh on impossible. I usually do a long run at the weekends and a shorter one midweek whilst MIL babysits, but they've gone to Oz for a month so that's tricky too.

So the basic plan is to focus on general fitness at home, fit in as much running as I can before 17th March, then switch my focus to triathlon up until June. I go back to work in March and can join the work gym, which means that I can do spinning and go on the exercise bikes. Running will also be easier once I'm back at work.

I haven't actually done a proper swim in 3.5 years Exclamation but I went to the spa for the day on Friday and did a 400m time trial (Henley distance) and managed 8.14 - not bad given I was a bit under the weather and had already done Body Combat that morning, and wasn't really pushing it. My best times when I was training seriously were only about 7.20, so could have been much worse. So I don't think I'm going to worry too much about it, any time I can get in the pool is a bonus, but it makes up such a small part of the race, I'm not going to worry.

Anyway, it's exciting to have some stuff in the pipeline!

Pip - Thanks, hope you had a great Christmas too!
KP Nut - it's more the lack of opportunity than desire, but I did manage to totally overdress for NYE and get my spangly party dress on Laughing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:34 pm KP nut
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It's great to have targets to work towards. Motivation is so much harder without specific goals.
"It always seems impossible, until it's done" (Nelson Mandela)

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Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:02 am pip
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I wouldnt worry about the 400m swim. If you spent hours training, you might be a minute or 90 seconds faster. Is that going to matter much? You can make some of that up with decent transitions.

Do you have a turbo? Can you turbo at home when Mr Lizzie is away?

I'm pleased to see someone with 2 kids still doing stuff. It gives me hope if I ever have another Smile

Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:52 pm Carlito
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Yay, back into triathlon Smile
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2010 Plans..................................................
April - Give birth
After that - let's see!
2009 Plans.................................................
29th March - Reading HM 2:00:52
4th May - Hart Sprint Triathlon (entered)
31st May - Ineos Swashbuckler Middle Distance (entered)
21st June - Henley Sprint Triathlon
19th July - Jordans Bedford Classic Oly (entered)
22nd August - National Sprint Relays
2008 Plans.................................................
2nd March - Reading HM 1.50.53
20th April - Winchester Fast Twitch 2.14.06
1st June - IMCH 70.3 (entered) 6.43.03
13th July - Henley Tri (entered) 1.33.39
2nd Aug - National Sprint Relays (entered)
10th Aug - London Tri (Oly - entered) 2.52.04
Olympic Distance (1500m/40k/10k) - 2.42.31 (Vietnam Triathlon 2007)
Sprint Distance (750m/20k/5k) - 1.29.30 (F3 Sprint Triathlon 2007)
Half Marathon - 1.50.53 (Reading 2008)
10k - 49.30 (O2O 10k 2007)
My 2007 Races & Results.................................
01.04.07 - Hungerford Fast Twitch (400m/16m/4m) - 2.02.39
29.04.07 - Lymington Triathlon (400m/27k/7k) - 1.46.15
29.07.07 - Singapore Triathlon (1500m/40k/10k), hmm, Singapore Duathlon? 400m run/20k bike/5k run - 1.08.35 3rd in AG
11.08.07 - Vietnam Triathlon (1500m/40k/10k) - 2.42.31 - PB & 2nd in AG Winner
02.09.07 - O2O 10k (er, 10k) - 49.30
23.09.07 - F3 Sprint (750m/20k/5k) 1.29.30 PB
25.11.07 - Seattle Half Marathon (13.1 miles) 1.51.19 - PB

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