I can't believe there are only two weeks before I have to take on my weekend. Here is my Just Giving page if you wanted to sponsor me! https://www.justgiving.com/Jessica-Verrall
I have been focusing a lot on swimming - especially open water swimming.
Pool swims have been good - I have started swimming Wednesday mornings at 6am as well as Monday evenings and Friday mornings at 6. We did a 400 metre time trial this month - last month it took me 6 minutes 18 seconds - this time around it took me 6 minutes 2 seconds! I would really love to break the 6 minute barrier.
Here is a classic google face selfie:
I have just invested in a pair of Zoggs predator goggles which are UV protected and should stop digging into my face so much!
I have also been open water swimming. So far I have hated being in the open water - I feel as if my technique is terrible and I find it so tough to put my head down in the water... However we went to Threipmuir reservoir in the Pentlands and I battled my fears:
I actually really enjoyed swimming! It was amazing to be in the water in the sunshine. It was really cold but once I got used to it I was ok. Putting my face and head in the water took my breath away but once I got used to it I really enjoyed it. We only swam 500m - the Great North Swim will be 2 miles but I feel like I'm ready.
I have been on lots of runs - I enjoy the running part of a triathlon mainly because it is the last one you have to do! But also because I know I can do the distances in a triathlon: the run part of the sprint triathlon I will do is only 5k! The 10k I will do on the Saturday of my weekend will be my 'recovery day' - I won't be running to do a really good time - I will just cruise through and try and enjoy the run around Wimbledon common.
A run I enjoyed at triathlon was along the Water of Leith: we ran up and down every path of stairs of a section of path that goes from the main road down the water. It was an absolute killer on the thighs and calves! But a good mental toughness challenge.
I did a good 40km cycle with work to South Queensferry.
It was cool to see the Forth Road Bridge close up!
I did a cycle and run on Saturday to practice runs off the bike! This is Portobello at 7am! A lovely day
I cycled the route that people ran at the marathon on Sunday! Glad I'm cycling the route and not running.
I then went for a run to the meadows.
I actually weirdly feel ready for my weekend now- the run off the bike I did on Saturday was so much easier than before and I feel ready for the triathlon. And I really enjoyed the open water swim on Friday and feel excited and not terrified for the great north swim! Roll on my weekend!!!