In summary 2016 didn’t get off to the best start:, in fact it wasn’t my best year at all if you read through.
Slaughterford 9 off-road – I withdrew at last minute as Megan my four pawed running pal expectantly died
February – alternative events as celebrating 20th Wedding anniversary snowboarding in Canada followed by sea swimming, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, boogie boarding, hiking and a couple of beach runs and coastal cycles in Maui Hawaii.
Cotswold Sportive – withdrew as storm Kate swept across UK with 50 to 60 mph winds and rain. This was the event I was hit by a car in October.
April – Performance Edge tri training camp in Mallorca – a glorious week in mostly sunshine in the mountains of Mallorca plus a coast to coast return ride. With over 300 miles ridden, 9km swum in outdoor pool with a sea swim and 10km running with trail run & hill reps.
Whilst not races as such but personal comparison I was chuffed to come home with a bag of STRAVA PR’s mostly from the mountain segments. To see the improvements in power and climbing ability from last April & October on the same mountain passes was very pleasing.
17th LionHeart 100km Sportive – hilly one Bronchitus forced me to withdraw from this one
24th White Horse Challenge 90 wet & windy miles, Wiltshire
29th PSOF DIY Half mix & match Macclesfield – bad weather stopped us on this one mid bike course. Hail thunder & lightning with freezing conditions not pleasant for supporters and dangerous for racers. Off to the pub instead !
4th to 6th Gower training with Chippenham Tri – brilliant few days again.
7th Wiltshire sportive 100km around rural Wiltshire – whoops actually forgot to enter this one
14th Immortal Sprint + open water lake triathlon – super scenic but shallow lake swim
22nd Velothon Wales 140km – closed roads were a dream, rain a pain.
5th Wiggle Dragon ride Wales – challenging ride but great scenery, familiar with some of course from trip in May to Gower
11th / 12th RUN24 team event – Team Calne Cruisers ran 100 miles, of which I ran 30 x6 5 mile trail loops. Got tripped in the night so a bit battered and bruised.
24th Wimbleball, Exmoor ironman 70.3 – Lived up to its reputation of toughest 70.3 on planet. Weather not as kind to us as 2014, cold, wet & windy. First time I was breathless at the end of the race -probably the start of asthma.
10th Pier to Pier BHF swim Bournemouth – cancelled due to high winds & waves.
24th Outlaw full 140.6miles – longest & toughest race of my life
28th Severn Bridge Sportive – DNS
11th Weymouth ironman 70.3 DNS
Enter Exercise Induced Asthma – three weeks after Outlaw and I was getting breathless walking my dogs, to me this was not exercise. August & September were very much about seeing doctors, respiratory nurses, spirometory lung function tests, X-rays & scans. Which resulted in a diagnosis and explanation of why 2016 has been such a tough year for me.
I was lucky and had great care from my local doctors and NHS for asthma. The remained of 2016 is to return to fitness I lost over 10 weeks of inactivity and asthma tests & getting medication balanced.
This also coincided with my 2-year-old springer spaniel losing his hearing.
October / November / December – the challenge now was to complete three 10km races, one a month as part of my come back to fitness and learning to live with being an asthma athlete.
Grittleton 10km October – this was a tough comeback race, cold, windy, through bonfire smoke and serious lost fitness 1:09
Swindon 10km November – a chilly and windy race post storm Angus was more beating the conditions, but an improvement 1:05
Bromham Pudding 10km December – icy roads but dry & cold blue skies. A slim improvement and only one water stop breather but both laces came lose ( must change to elastic laces) Felt easier and seems fitness is returning slowly 1:02
Avebury8 – this year it was Avebury 9 miles. Initially not looking forward to it thinking it was beyond my fitness level and comfort zone. Just what I needed to get out and do this with friends. Brought my mug collection up to 5
Last days of shoot season for me & trying to get base training consistent whilst adding strength physical prep training. Looking for abs of steel and rock solid glutes !
Longest runs of year since Outlaw & Asthma on 11th Dec. It wasn’t pretty or easy but steady run in winter sun done. Finally managed to get a winners cup this year from team event at C&W ladies Christmas clay shooting day at Barbury.
2015 Race Planner
|Jan-11||Sportive||Cotswolds||Mini Sportive Lake 32|
|Jan-25||Running||Slaughterford||9 mile trail club champ race|
|Feb-08||Sportive||Cotswolds||Mini Sportive Lake 32|
|Feb-15||Running||Melksham||10 miler road|
|Feb 21||Snowboarding||Canada||21 Feb – 9 March|
|Mar 15||Half marathon||Silverstone||Target time 2 hours|
|Mar-29||Half marathon||Hampton Court||Half marathon|
|Apr-06||Sportive||Cotswolds||Cotswold Santini Spring Classic|
|May 2/3||Training weekend||Macclesfield||PSOF training weekend – S/B/R|
|May 29-31||Charity 2 day ride||Devon to Wales||Approx 140 miles over two days|
|Jun 14||70.3||Staffordshire||Staffordshire 70.3 ironman|
|Open water||Cotswold||Solstice sunrise lake swim|
|Jun 28||River swim||Henley||Henley Classic 2.1km river swim|
|Jul 3||Multi event||Tenby||Long course weekend Swim 2.4 – Bike 70 – Run 13 miles|
|Jul-12||Sea swim||BHF, Bournmouth||Pier to Pier, Sea swim 1.4 miles|
|Jul 18||New tri distances||Redditch||Isoman Half tri= swim 3.5/ bike 30.7 / run 13.1miles|
|Jul 26||Relay – swim||Outlaw||Swim 3.8km relay team|
|Aug 9||Sea swim||Bournemouth||rearranged date, Pier to Pier|
|Aug 16||Middle dist tri||Ely, Cambridgeshire||1.2 river swim / 56 bike / 13 run Monster Events|
|Sept 26||Standard Dist||Gower||End of season sea tri|
|Oct 11-18th||training camp||Mallorca||Performance Edge training camp|
2014 Race planner.
It’s all about the Big one in Bolton in July, ironman UK, my first ironman long distance race
12th Cotswold mini Sportive 45 miles
19th Corsham Court off road 6 mile run
26th Slaughterford off road 9 mile run
2 weeks Snowboarding in Canada
2nd Silverstone half marathon
16th Police triathlon training day
23rd Longleat Sportive 110km / 60 miles
30th Forest of Dean trail half marathon
6th Standard distance Duathlon, Castle Combe
13th White Horse Sportive 90miles
21st Cotswold Sportive 60 mile
26th Tour of Pembrokeshire 50 miles
3rd Wiltshire Sportive, Sailsbury, 60miles
5th Hot Chilli standard’ish triathlon
10th Taunton Flyer Sportive 68 miles
18th Great Western Sportive 100 miles
1st Pied Piper, Glouc sportive 65 miles
15th ironman 70.3
22ND Dartmoor Classic 67miles
28/29 ENDURE 24 hour relay race 25 miles run
20th ironman UK……….
Woo Hoo – “Zoe Forman You are an ironman” Best words I heard this year.