Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Day 1 - 30 Day Blogging Challenge - Change is in the Air

After burning out just at the end of Juneathon, the remainder of the school summer term and the summer holidays have kept me up to my eyeballs busy, but signing up for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge will - hopefully - give me the impetus to kick start blogging regularly once it's over.

And it's not just my blog that needs a kick up the backside!

At the start of the year I made a promise to my daughter that I would lose weight and get fit in an effort to prevent my early death. Quite dramatic a statement I hear you say, but my father died of a heart attack at 51 - and that age is only 4 years away.

I made a good start and lost 1 stone fairly easily - I gave up late night snacking! - but have not lost any more since so I know I need to concentrate on adjusting what I eat so that I can lose more weight.

We also started the Couch 2 5k running programme. I have completed it and now can run continuously for 30 minutes (covering @3k)! I run slower than a snail-with-a-zimmer-frame so now need to focus on increasing both my speed and distance covered, especially as I plan to enter the 5k Muddy Welly Run in December!

Another aspect of my life that I need to concentrate on is my sewing. My little hobby tends to get sadly neglected when life gets busy, but as I have a few quilts that need finishing, plus a couple of commissions that are required to be completed in the next couple of months, I need to timetable in time at my sewing machine.

Phew! That's quite a lot to be concentrating on!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Juneathon Day 26

Today Miss H was part of the school team taking part in the Didcot & District Junior School Swimming Gala. It is mostly for Year 5 and Year 6 children, but some of the smaller schools have to add to their numbers with Year 4's!

We headed off in plenty of time but whilst queuing in a line of traffic at a notorious junction, there was a collision between 2 cars as one was trying to nip across the road. Not the best start to the day!  As we were far enough back to not be direct witnesses, it was with pounding hearts that we turned around and retraced out steps taking the longer way to the pool.  We weren't the only ones that had been caught up in the incident and luckily nobody was badly hurt apart from being shaken up.

Miss H and the rest of the team competed admirably against larger teams from bigger schools but we got 4 swimmers into 5 finals. The highest placing we got was a second - Miss H was 4th in the Breaststroke - and we finished 8th overall.

I had gone along as a helper, but as our school was required to provide a timekeeper, I found myself on poolside with a clipboard and stopwatch in hand. I gave me a taster of things to come!

Apart from walking up and down the length of the pool a couple of times, no further exercise was undertaken today. Oops!

Juneathon Running Total = (still) 77.8k

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Juneathon Day 25

Today I spent the morning cleaning out my car as I will be transporting some of Miss H's school friends tomorrow. It now sparkles inside and out but I wonder how soon it will be full of crumbs etc. again! 

Mr D went to watch his cricket team play this evening - even though his sore leg still stops him keeping wicket - as the venue was on his way home from work, so it was getting rather late before I was able nip out for a quick cycle ride.

Juneathon Running Total = 77.8k


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Juneathon Day 24

I always seem to be a day behind writing up my blog entries - so I must make a greater effort to write them up in the evening after I put Miss H to bed.

The Housework Fairy was a bit more productive today - but not much! I do like the warmer days as it allows me to hang the washing out on the line to dry.

I needed to send of a birthday card today. but despite there being a post box about 300m from the house, I decided to wait until Miss H came home from school and we cycled along the road to mail it at the local Post Office. So that added 3.7km to the total.

After Miss H got back from Brownies, Mr D proposed an evening walk. The location chosen to go to was the park. I wonder who's idea that was??

Unsurprisingly we had the place to ourselves and I think a couple of us enjoyed themselves!

Juneathon Running Total = 74.1k

Juneathon Day 23

Monday is normally the day that I "blitz" the house after the ravages that it gets put through over the weekend, but apart from washing a load of towels, I must confess the Housework Fairy was rather lazy today!

As Miss H does Pottery Club after school, I am able to go for a swim in a quieter session than the lunchtime one. I was lucky enough to get a lane to myself, and had planned on just re-swimming the 60 lengths I did a couple of weeks ago, but I swam them quite easily, so decided to keep going and completed 80.

Miss H's swim coach was there and she commented that maybe she should join me in the pool next week. I hope she was joking as I only swim 1 stroke at 1 pace and that's not very fast!

Juneathon Running Total = 68.8k

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Juneathon Day 22 - Phew. What a Day!

Miss H has been training with and swimming for Didcot Barramundi Swimming Club for about a year now. It is all run by volunteers - which are of course us parents.

I have recently been CRB checked so that I am able to be a Team Manager at Galas. This means ensuring that the kids are sent off at the right time to swim their races, log times and results, and keep up morale and lead the cheering.

The opportunity also came up to start training to become a Level 1 Gala Judge, and I went to my first briefing today. We went through all the tasks that the role involves - mainly either timing swims or checking there are no rule violations during turns. Now I need to get some experience of actually doing the job at a gala!

After that had melted my brain, the second meeting of the day was the club AGM! For a pretty small club we do produce some good swimmers with this year two of our boys have qualified for the National Age Group Championships - one of which is only 12!

As it is Sunday, I spent some time making sure that bags and shirts and uniform etc. was all ready to start the week, so it wasn't until after dinner that I got the chance for today's exercise. I completed Run 1 of Week 8 which is 28 minutes continuous running. Phew!

Juneathon Running Total = 66.6k

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Juneathon Day 21 - Miss H completes a Triathlon

A few months ago, I entered Miss H into a Triathlon. She had to complete a 50m swim, 2k cycle ride and finished with a 1k run. This was going to be our first experience of a triathlon, so we got to the venue early so we could suss out the course, transition etc.

We settled down under a tree to keep out of the sun and were joined by some friends from swimming. In all there were about a dozen kids from the club entered and it was great to be able to cheer them all on.

So the time came and after racking her bike and laying out her gear we headed into the pool. I waited until I saw her start on her 2 lengths before I raced outside to meet her. After a quick towelling down and attaching her race number over her t-shirt she set off on her bike. I got round to the course in plenty of time to cheer her on before she set off on lap 2.

She was gasping for a drink as she set off for the run, and gulped down a whole cupful which caused her to get a stitch. She kept plugging away and finished in a time of 24.56 minutes. She was really happy to add another medal to her collection!

I briefly considered entering for the Super Sprint event myself (200m swim / 12.5k bike / 2.5k run), but although I can now run the distance, I was never going to be fit enough to do it after cycling!  I am determined to enter it next year though.

With my new resolution in mind, I again headed out on the bike and completed 4.6k before dinner!

Juneathon Running Total = 62.7k