Chalkwell Redcaps

Chalkwell Redcaps

Monday, 19 March 2012

Whoo Hoo, I'm on Track for Eton - By Helen Wildin

Who would ever have thought of doing a mile in sets of 25m x 64 in under 25s off 40s ? Yup, Mrs Tyrant. I actually enjoyed it and I came in under time for all of them though I was gasping somewhat at the end of each length.

Mr ‘Splashy’ came in just as I’d finished “You look like you’ve had a hard session” That may be the red knackered looking face then.

I then attempted another speed set the next day. BIG mistake as my times were rubbish. So I had a couple of rest days ready for the big up and down and up and down and up and down at Basildon at 6am for 3 hours. After a 10min delay on my part looking for my goggles and hat ( and at some of the eye candy) off I went.  At 7am we were moved to the other pool (honestly does anyone have a brain at that Centre) and I thought I’ve only done 50mins. I had a pit stop at 7.30am when Mrs Tyrant cheerily said ‘oh look half way’. At my next pit stop (timed by waiting for Shaun to lap me twice, thanks Shaun) it was 8.18am…whoohoo and I counted the last 2k until 9am.

I managed 8.25k in 2hr 49min and as the last handful of jelly beans had kicked in, I felt I could have gone on a bit more.

So I’m on track for Eton 10k in 3hr 30min. I was also hugely relieved that I didn’t break Mrs Tyrant’s nose (so was she).  (Mrs Tyrant typing here - She kicked me in the face, knocked me googles off and I have the black eyes to prove it! - Chris asked me if I had been in a fight - "No darling - just mis-judged overtaking Helen, my fault entirely).

I also realise that constantly pushing myself is counter productive and that I need more time to recover between speed sets and to perhaps look at the core exercise sheet Mrs Tyrant gave us ages ago.   Oops!

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