Never have a day Zero

Hey, how are you? It’s a troubling time and I hope your ok.

It’s been a while and well in truth I didn’t feel like I was doing anything worthy of putting up here.

Yes I did Disney and oh my it was hard but I feel like I failed it because honestly I didn’t finish the whole thing. If you read anything up on this years Disney (2020) you’ll see that the marathon was cut short due to the temperature, humidity and the late start and whilst it was a manager decision I still feel like it’s a failed attempt. We’re hoping to go back in 2023, which brings me around about what this post is about.

Apart from the odd mile here and there I have not done anything since Disney and if we are honest before that. I’ve let myself go in the worst way and back to my overeating ways which in turn has ballooned my weight up to 20 stone again, I said I’d never be back at this weight but I’m so stressed and scared that I’m just eating my worries away.

None of this is getting me anywhere near any of my goals whether it’s the one to run a marathon, or the one to run an ultra, the ride a century or to ride around the TT course and my ultimate one to do an Ironman before I’m 40.

I kinda need to get my bum back in gear lol, so welcome to m6 new training diary. Everything cancelled at the moment (apart from Disney in September but I doubt we’ll open our border by then), so I’m not aiming for anything, though I’d love to run a 5K or longer for my birthday on the 24th June.

Now as my ultimate goal is an Ironman I’d be discussing with you about all the disciplines but no swimming pools are open and I’m not confident for sea swimming yet, so it’s just running and cycling at the moment.

I’ve been using Zwift for my cycling with our dumb trainer which I’ve been loving even if my coccyx hasn’t.

So this weeks aims are:

Cycling – 50 miles +

Running – a mile a day (I’ll be run/walking but I’ll be happy!)

Diet – drink 2 liters a day and 1800/2000 calories.

I’m also hoping to keep the No Zero Days mentality. My sister was telling me about it and after a good search I found it on reddit and the general pretense is to do one thing to work towards your goal everyday, however simple it is you will be working towards your goal. As my ultimate goal is an Ironman this is the one I’m working towards.

I hope your ready, this shit is about to get real!

Veloforte Cycle 120km Challenge

Veloforte 120km Spring Shakeout logo

I LOVE VELOFORTE

What I don’t love is the price though! So when they had a cycling challenge to do 120km in 14 days with the reward being 40% off you can damn near guarantee I will be one of the first out there on my bike getting the miles in!

Contrary to popular belief prior to becoming obsessed with running I was purely a cyclist with dreams of one day doing a triathlon. Though I never did anything about my dream I did cycle quite a lot. I loved it and I seriously need to get out more this summer, I will do once I figure out how to do everything. Anyway back to the challenge!

I worked out that over the 14 days the challenge I would have to cycle at least 5 miles, ideally 6 miles to make sure I was all in (cough wrestling pun lol). Now we all know that life can get in the way so the other half helped me in finding a track of 6.1 miles and a track of 7.5 miles.

Monday 1st April – Day 1

Lovely shake out of the legs, 7.5 miles completed.

7.54/ 74.56Miles (120km)

Tuesday 2nd April – Day 2

Played a lovely cat and mouse game with a guy on the main straight back! He was amazing kept to his wheel all the way till the hill!! Cut short as didn’t want to do the hill on my own, not that good setting off from a standstill!! 6.12 Miles completed today

13.66 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Wednesday 3rd April – Day 3

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Cold, wet and a bleeding icy wind! 6.12 Miles completed today.

19.78 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Thursday 4th April – Day 4

I really didn’t want to go out today as I remembered how awful it was yesterday but all I could think of was how all this cycling is helping my overall fitness plus 40% off!!! And yes that is a rain 6.22 Miles completed today

26 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Friday 5th April – Day 5

Back with the other half so a longer cycle today aptly named “oh look, they have a tractor in their back yard, think I could buy it for £50? We’d have to fit a bike rack on it though” Ride LOL!! Yes that is what the other half said while we we’re cycling past!! 7.76 miles completed today.

33.76 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Monday 8th April – Day 8

So I had the weekend off to run and felt so good during our cycle that I would do the switchback road. OMG that hill!!! It was so worth it, even if I was struggling to get up the hill!! I truly wish you could see how steep it was from the photo! 10.97 Miles completed today.

44.73 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Tuesday 9th April – Day 9

God it was hard today! I was having a proper shark week moment and just moaning about everything. I do truly feel sorry for Michael for putting up with me. I dreamed of pizza the whole cycle to only decide I was sticking to my diet and making pasta instead. 7.53 Miles completed today

52.26 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Wednesday 10th April – Day 10

Feeling 100% better today and decided to try and get a photo with the sheep, yeahhhh didn’t quiet work lol. 7.53 Miles completed today

59.79 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Friday 12th April – Day 12

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Spent the whole cycle chasing the sun. Wanted to do two laps but it got to dark to quickly for me to feel comfortable. 6.13 Miles completed today.

65.92 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Saturday 13th April – Day 13

This was the make or break ride out. I knew without a doubt I wouldn’t be going out on the Sunday as I had to get a run in and I had already ran today so I knew I was going to be slow. The headwind was super killer but the sun was shining and it was such a beauty of a finish to the challenge. 12.30 Miles completed today.

78.22 / 74.56Miles (120km)

There you have it! In the end in 13 days I managed to cycle over the 120km and do 125km almost 126km. I loved the challenge so so much and I’m already thinking about the next one! I really do need to get out more on the bike. For the last year I’ve been obsessed with running and as such I just haven’t been cycling as much as I would like.

I’ve got to give a lot of credit to this beauty, (as well as the other half), she’s over the hill now but still perfect for me and I do love her so so much!!

And yes I did overspend on the Veloforte items!!