A week ago Friday I finally managed to sign up to do swimming in my local swimming pool. The gym offers loads of different gym packages, including ” just swim ” for £26/ month. I don’t think that’s a bad price at all. Before i signed up I have checked their timetable and it suits my working hours perfectly.
Will plan to go down and do an hour swimming at least 3 times a week. My Ironman plan doesn’t start till the 18th of December so till then I just need to learn swim properly so I’ll be ready for the proper training plan.
Swim session nr1.
Decided to have my first swim on a Sunday morning at 8am. I really thought it will be empty because its Sunday, but to my surprise it was totally packed. My pool offers 3 different speed lane ( slow, medium, fast). Because I just starting out I decided to swim in the “slow” lane.
On my first session I was just concentrating to be able to be in the water for a whole hour, distance wasn’t really important. I’m absolutely awful with front crawl, so I just swam in breaststroke. First I didn’t feel too great about it, but when I got home and done a bit of googling it turns out its totally acceptable to swim in breaststroke on an Ironman.
Swim session nr2.
Did you know 64x 25m is exactly 1 mile?
Second time back at the pool. This time I went there at 5.30pm and surprisingly it was not busy at all. Started my swimming on the “slow” lane. I swam 30 lengths in the slow lane, but it started to get really crowded with all casual swimmers. So I decided its better if I go over to the “medium” speed lane and continue my session there. Because it wasn’t busy at all I didn’t feel bad about swimming in the “medium” lane. Still was only swimming in breaststroke. Have tried a few metres in front crawl, but my breathing is horrendous. Water was going in and out of my nose and mouth. Felt like I was drowning, so i went back to do breaststroke.
By the time I finished my 64 lengths it was only 57mins into my swimming, so compared to my 1st session I was already faster, slowly but surely I’ll get there.
As soon as I feel more comfortable and can see that my swimming is improving I’ll definitely will get a few 1-2-1 sessions with a coach to improve my swimming even better. Also when the weather will be better I’ll go out for a few open water swim session.
Ironman , Bolton , UK. 15. July 2018
Swim 2.4 miles. Bike 112 miles. Run 26.2 miles. All. In. One. Race.
I’m 28 and a chubby female. I run the London marathon this year and straight after I decided that I’ll do all the Marathon Majors by 2019.
A week ago I was wondering what else could I do , what should be my next challenge side by side with my 5 other marathons.. That’s when I came across triathlons, further searching i’ve found Ironman.
Never done a triathlon before, last time I swam was about 15 years ago back in primary school, I do casually cycling but not further than 15-20 kms. So this will be probably the biggest challenge in my life.
I know I don’t fit the mold of the “normal” triathlete by any means. When most people think about an Ironman athlete , they think of a 30 or 40 year-old man who is absolutely ripped and muscly. His body fat is 9%, he rides a bike like he was born doing it, and he can run a marathon in 2hours.
And then there’s me. I am 28, female, and while I’m somewhat athletic, can run/walk a marathon , I’ve never been described as “ripped” in my life, more like someone who’s chubby, and who like cakes and pasta
But as the motto of Ironman is ” Anything is Possible ” I want to show it to everybody that I’m capable to do it.
320 days till race day. Till then I’ll swim + bike + run and then repeat all day and night ✌🏼🙌🏻
I will forever remember this day, what a day ?!
This was my first marathon so I really wanted to take loads of videos and photos for the future.
Everything was going really well till half way point, and after that everything went downhill. We were on target for 6 hours finish but at the end I managed to finish in 6h 57mins 31sec.
This wasn’t what I planned for but due to my dodgy ankle I was happy just to complete it.
Hi all 🙂
My name is Gabi or can call me Gabriella, I don’t really have a preference.
I’ve started running in November 2015 when I signed up for my first ever Half marathon . I never run that distance before, but I knew that hard work and dedication I can definetly run that distance.
From November 2015 till April 2016 I was training really hard for the race which was in Reading, Berkshire, UK.
The half marathon was really hard, not physically it was more hard mentally. When I crossed the line at 2h 47mins I cried in happiness. I hoped that I am capable to running and when I did it I was relived.
Since than I run many more half marathons and countless 5-10ks.
Running a marathon has been bucket list material for me and something I have always wanted to do. I managed to secure a charity place for the 2017 London Marathon and I fundraised over £1350 for MACS.
The race was incredibly hard, unfortunately I injured my ankle ligament in February so I hardly done any training for the marathon.
But as soon as I crossed the finish line I felt awesome, i felt I could do anything I wanted, nothing could of stopped me.
A week later the marathon when I recovered from the soreness I was thinking about my next challenge. That’s when I came across something called ” World Marathon Majors”.
This consist of 6 marathons across the globe:
- London ✓
- New York ✓
So me being enthusiastic I’ve signed up for the upcoming New York marathon. I missed the ballot or charity applications but I’ve found a tour operating company ( 2:09 events ) who offers places to the WMM events.
So here I am training for all these marathons. I do believe with hard work I can achieve anything I want.
I set this page up so i can share more of my experiences and stories.
Thanks for reading,