Wk10 into Wk11

This last week was a bit of an odd one, not that much exercise done as is restricted myself from running to see if I could help improve and get rid of an old ankle injury that seemed to be reappearing, but also a good recovery week after giving blood on Thursday 19th March.

1 swim, 2 strength sessions, and a few walks was all did, plus an adventure day which involved jumping from high places, swimming, walking and back paddling kind of back stroke action in the water. Plus 3 rest days.

Last week wasn’t a good one for sleep. On wed and thu night I got around 5 hours sleep and had either a disturbed sleep or woke and couldn’t get back to sleep. I think I’ve recovered this weekend with some good sleeps, rest and a nap, but I really could do much better with it.

Here’s what I did exercise wise:

Mon: 2000m swim
Tue: Squat Strength
Wed: Rest
Thu: Rest
Fri: Deadlift strength & 35 min walk
Sat: Rest (cliff jumping and river tubing)
Sun: Rest

I was tempted to try a run to see how my ankle is, but I’ll leave it a few more days. It feels ok, so I’m hoping another few days will see it good. Well worth the abstinence from running.

The night out on Saturday night took me right out of my comfort zone: an unusual late night, very noisy music, drinking (my friends, not me) and not knowing when I was going to get home), meant it all turned out to be a hit of an Endurance session for me.

I noticed at just before 10, after the really good meal we had out, that I was flagging. Afters busy adventure day and some really good food (in a bit of a noisy restaurant / bar in Edinburgh) and chat, I was ready for my bed. But the bride of the hen night and the bridesmaid wanted to go on to a bar, so I joined them.

By 22:20 I was gubbed. In a dark, trendy, basement bar… it was quite stressful event for me. Trying to stay involved and active, when my instincts were to get right out of there and get a good sleep. I managed to last til about half 11 when the groom came in to the pub from being out on the town himself.

He was going back to their house to ask their dogs, so I gratefully hopped in a taxi home with him before I turned into a pumpkin. In bed for just after 12, I needed and got a good sleep.

I kind of related the endurance I felt I was going through in the pub, out of my comfort zone etc, to what it might feel like if I asked a non runner to come a run with me, nice and slow.

I wouldn’t tell the non runner how long we’d be running for, just that we’d be out, taking them on a run, for as long as I wanted to be out. One hour, maybe 2, maybe 3. I explained this to my friend Fiona (a non runner) and she related, so knew what I was going through.

I felt a bit of a copout going home early (early for my friends, late for me), but it helped me realise that I love my life, and the lifestyle I’ve chosen.

I’m an ‘up early, active, eat out, enjoy my food, eat for health, exercising, non drinker’ … and I love it. :-) I wouldn’t swap it for anything. It just confined to me how much I’m settled in who I am and what our lives are like.

The life of a would be athlete who’s trying to be healthy, and happy, and always maintaining or improving. ;-)

Anyway, here’s the plan for next week. I’m aiming to place an importance in getting SLEEP. I’m going to try to be in bed for 9-930pm each night. And my strength is going into the hypertrophy phase so I’ll be lifting heavier weights.

Hopefully the sleep will also help any recovery I might need after the low blood pressure dip on Saturday, and continue my recovery after giving blood on thu 19th.

Here’s the training I’m planning on doing next week:

Mon: AM 2000m swim PM Squat Strength
Tue: 5M run wi Eileen
Wed: Deadlift Strength
Thu: 7M run (if leg is ok)
Fri: Rest (or 2000m swim if I fancy it) – but day off so maybe rest).
Sat: 10M run wi Ewen if I’m up to it)
Sun: Rest

:-) that should do. Roll on Monday.

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Rainbows aplenty

When I was away this weekend, Fit Girl saw this rainbow over the Clyde for ages one day.

And my brother was travelling up from London on the train too, and he saw lots of rainbows too. :-)

And here’s another one a colleague saw, a rainbow ending in Hampden.

I love a good rainbow or two. :-D

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A day of adventures

My friend Fiona is getting married at the end of May. She likes things like mountain biking and adrenaline sports, and when our friend Rhona, (Fiona’s bridesmaid) asked me if I wanted to go on the Hen day/night, and go to Nae Limits just past Perth, I said I’d go along.

Rhona told me it would be River Tubing, then the night before I found out that we’d be doing cliff jumping too. Lucky I’m usually up for anything. (Cape on).

Here’s Fiona before:

We got there just after 930am and had a safety briefing and signed our lives away. I mentioned to the guy who was leading us (Ben) that I had low blood pressure, as I had a feeling the cold and my low blood pressure night not be a good mix. I’d just need to see what happened.

We got our wetsuits, a body one, then two tops and some wetsuit socks. Then our old trainers on. Then we got our helmets and life vests. The weather was forecast to be horrible, wind and heavy rain, but lucky for us it turned out nice. Even sunny at the end.

We got bused up to the top of s river near Kilikrankie. We took our big tubs, walking with them on our heads, and walked s but to get to where we’d do the cliff jumping.

Here’s me before, in the car being take up there. I had just eaten a mars bar for luck, and had had a banana, berries and yoghurt, and a coffee for breakfast.

We jumped off the first cliff, maybe 4-5 meters up. Fiona went first, then me, then Rhona, then Ann Marie. It was cold when we first jumped in but the wet suits kept us warm. We jumped off that bit 4 times.

By then our hands were starting to get a bit cold but it was expected. The next jump was a bit higher up, so Ben took us up there and gave us the option to jump off it. It was maybe 6-8 metres up. It was a little scarier, but I thought I’d be ok with it.

Ann Marie wasn’t up for the higher jump, but Fiona, Rhona and I had a look. Fiona tried, and I said I’d do it if she did. So she tried, then stepped back. And I guess it was then on me to do it. Ha.

I stood for a bit. Looking out and up and bit, tried to build up some courage and bravery. Feeling my chest rising, standing tall. 3,2,1… Then I jumped.

I didn’t land as well as before and hot my bum on the water, but I was ok. It was a bit of a swim back to the edge, but as I was lying on my back kicking, I saw that it was the push Fiona needed to do it too. She jumped, then so did Rhona. :-)

Then we walked along a bit and got in the tubes to go down the river. My hands then had webbed wetsuit gloves on, but they were still a bit cold. Everything else was ok. We travelled down the river and I was moving my arms and paddling a bit to get done movement and warmth in my arms.

Some rapids and some calm bits, it was quite relaxing in parts and when the sun came out it was nice. At some point I started to not feel my feet to well. They were really cold, and with them hanging above the tube, I’m not sure they were getting enough blood to them. But. I still felt ok.

At the end, we stood up in the tube, I felt ok doing it, but I could clearly tell my legs from the shins down weren’t working due to the cold. I then fell off, which again was ok. But when I tried to get back on I found I didn’t have the strength to kick or pull myself back on.

I felt really weak, like someone had taken my super powers, or even just my power away. The cold had. Ben helped me with the tube, so I eventually got on, but I realised what was happening. The cold was getting to me.

We then climbed out, and had to carry the tubes up a bit of a hillside. I was right behind Ben as he climbed and I was finding it really hard work. I could do it, but it was a struggle. Feeling a bit sick, and feeling really weak. Not good I was realising.

I got to the top. And the rest followed. They were all smiling and I looking at Rhona with her tube on her head, smiling lots, I could tell she was nice and happy. I wasn’t so much. And as the rest walked on, I gave Fiona a kind of look and hand signal, and she realised there was something not quite right happening.

My heart was racing, I was feeling sick. I needed my helmet off, but couldn’t manage to get it off myself. Ben helped me and loosened off a few of my wetsuit layers.

They were asking me what was wrong, and i couldn’t explain it. I just knew I couldn’t go on. I started to cry a bit, partly because my body wasn’t doing what i wanted it to do, and because I couldn’t explain what was happening.

I was pretty sure it was cold + exertion + low blood pressure = my body telling me to rest up. I sat on the tube for a bit and relaxed. I started to feel a bit better and we walked back up to the car. The cold was setting in, I was shivering.

We stopped at the car park at the top and got some pictures taken. I was feeling better already and I kind of had a feeling something like this might happen. Me and cold don’t mix. Neither do me and shock.

It was all good fun anyway and in glad we did it. We drove back and I guzzled a Mars bar to up my sugar levels. We got changed, and I put lots of clothes on. 2 compression tops, my gillet and my fleece. As well as my thick warm walking trousers. A hot water bottle at my feet and I was sorted.

Some more water and done more food on the way back, and I was feeling ok.

A good wee day, even though I was the one who took the whitey. The weather turned out lovely. I might need a nap (or a few coffees) before the hen tonight. Lol.

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Adventure tubing with cliff jumping

So this is what’s planned for today’s activity for my friends hen night. I thought it was just adventure tubing but I’m going to be jumping off a cliff to. Lol. Should be fun.

We’ll be shaking wet anyway, and in wet suits. But the Amber weather warnings aren’t the best. Never mind. Maybe it’ll brighten up?

Last night we were all chatting, 2 of my very good friends and their other halves. One of the guys noticed I was drinking from my bottle a lot….

…and after having around 3 beers, said sort of funnily, ‘how much do you pee? – you’ve drunk two of them since you got here, and you’re onto your third!’. (1.5L of water)

We laughed a bit, and then I was thinking, he had 3 x500mls of beer last night. I might say to him today, after he has a few beers, ‘how much do you pee?’. ;-)

Love my water.

Strange dreams, Fiona Clark and Clare Grattan were in them, Clare was coaching 4 of her PT clients and I was helping out. And Fiona was helping people film a project (and was acting funny in front of the camera) in the BBC and ended up all over the BBC news. Lol.

You had be there but it was strange.

Better sleep last night, 7 hours. And I think my foot feels better too, so I might try a run tomorrow depending on how I feel. :-)

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Free pizza for us

Not so long ago we went out for a wee cheeky Thursday night meal at pizza express. The service was pretty awful (but the food was good).

The service took ages and one of the guys serving could have done with washing in the week prior to our visit… we did and online feedback form… and we just got this through the post:

A £20 pizza express voucher. I think we’ll try a different pizza express next time. ;-)

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Be you, be amazing, and smile

This week, things have been a bit crazy busy at work. I’m not sure what’s happening, but as much as I’m getting lots of work done, I’m clearly staying too late, and to be honest, I maybe need a wee holiday.

I’m probably overworking, over thinking and I’m tired and probably emotional. But in work, I’m fine. I’m busy and I’m getting on with it. Nearly the edge of being overwhelmed, I’m in control, but on the verge of having things slip through my fingers.

Forgetting major daily routine things at times (like eating and drinking!), but reacting quickly to many other things. Being very productive and overly helpful and chatty. Wanting to help, wanting to fix things and fixing things with ease.

Wanting to exercise but realising that sleep is more important and that exercise can wait. Rest and we’ll bring is more important. I’ve done all of this before.

I’ve not been sleeping well, which is a sure sign things aren’t going the best, but I’m trying my best to keep it all together (and I think I am).

A few weeks ago I felt like I needed a holiday, a chance to take a break from it all. Maybe that’s what I need.

I’m good, I’m dealing with things and taking it all step by step. I’m chatting things through and I’m not getting upset (what’s the point in worrying?).

Tomorrow, I have a half day (I’m taking back some of the extra time worked this week), and in travelling to Edinburgh to see two of my best friends for one of their hen day and night on Saturday.

I’m going to be going back to my youth with 2 friends from my childhood. And I’m really looking forward to it. A well deserved time out.

We’re going to ‘nae limits’ in Perth on Saturday, to do River Tubing … I may turn blue, and I’m sure I’ll get soaking wet. Then we’re having a night out in Edinburgh.

Now, strangely, today I noticed (from a blog I did), that this time last year, I was in a similar place with things. But I was even more over whelmed. I hadn’t slept well all week, and I wrote the post in the link below:


I’ve been here before. I know what the signs are. I know what to do to make things good, make things better. :-)

Maybe it’s a ‘clocks go back’ time of the year thing? lol. Or a full moon thing? (Is it even a full moon??) ;-)

Anyway, here were the final sentences of the post I wrote last year, lost or in control. I think I need to re read it, be me and smile. :-)

You can spend time being down or feeling unbalanced and helpless.

Or you can enjoy life and take control of it.

You can do what you want and you can be who you want to be.

Don’t let the darkness consume you.
Open your eyes to the stars in the night sky,
And the bright sun and the rainbows in sky.
Be you, be amazing, and smile.

I’m looking forward to a good weekend. :-) life is too short and I’m ready for some chilled out and adventurous fun.

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Revising training plans

Sometimes you have a plan, then life or work takes over. And I’m ok with that. :-)

Today I was meant to swim after work (before work really, but I changed my mind this morning), but ended up at work (11 hours) from about 8am-9pm. So a swim was out of the question.

Lucky for me, dinner was going to be ready / on the table around 730pm, so I decided there was no point in swimming and that today would be a rest day. At least it was a good busy productive work day.

When this happens, like it sometimes does, all I do is take another look at my training, decide what’s most important training wise, and start afresh / mix it up.

I don’t like missing my training time because of work, so it makes me even more motivated and determined to do it for the rest of the week.

So here’s my revised training plan for this week:

Mon: 2000m swim
Tue: Squat Strength
Wed: Rest (work day!)
Thu: 2000m swim
Fri: Deadlift Strength / work / travel to Ed.
Sat: Hen day / night
Sun: maybe run / try out foot.

So less cardio overall, but not by much and the important things, swim x2 and strength x2 will hopefully happen.

I’ve been resting my foot, but it’s still not quite right. I’ll swim Thursday morning, strength Friday morning before going to Edinburgh for my friends Hen day / night.

Maybe need to fit in some shopping on Thursday night and pack etc.

Now, here’s a funny one… A new Facebook page has appeared which is called Hillhead Photos. Hillhead was my primary school and it’s been funny seeing old photos of people which have been shared.

Here’s the first one I’ve seen of me with my face on it. Holding hands with my friend from the time. Nice haircut 6 year old me. ;-)

(I was meant to be Indiana Jones – the hat is tied around my neck).

Now, hopefully if I can get a swim in tomorrow, I’ll get another good productive day at work tomorrow too.

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