Eat, sleep, work, train… week 3!

Great friends supporting me along the way. Photo: Sophie Preen

Two of my amazing friends supporting me along the way. Photo cred: Miss Preen

I’ve been asked over these last few days as I have caught up with friends how my training is going. As of the start of August, my Coast to Coast training stepped up a notch. This means I am now following a program, and not just exercising as it suits me. I have found a great online training program created by ‘Exponential Performance Coaching’, a Coast to Coast coaching service designed by Matty Graham and elite multisport athlete Dougal Allan. And even better they have an app! I upload data from my Garmin watch as I do my runs, bikes and kayaks and load the information to keep track of my progress. This means I now try to fit life around training, instead of the other way around.

Someone mentioned to me in the weekend their friend was training for an Ironman, and was now ‘boring’. Are people going to describe me as boring? After deciding to enter the Coast to Coast I said I wasn’t going to let it cancel out my social life, but there is no point spending this much time and money to finally cross the finish line thinking I could have trained more. It’s an interesting balance to keep both sides happy and already I’m starting to see how this can affect the social life! Training on a hangover is no fun; the first thing that goes out the door is motivation. And I’ve got 6 months and summer to get through yet!

The best thing I’ve found is surrounding yourself around people who are there to support you 100%, and luckily for me I have these in abundance. So I’m out the door now to crank out a gym session, after doing a 40 min run at lunch time and this is a ‘recovery’ week. Happy days!



4 Comments on “Eat, sleep, work, train… week 3!

  1. HOLLIE!!! How clever you are to start this looks awesome! I’ll admit in my wee non physical world I hadn’t heard much about the Coast to Coast so I looked it up and holy Moses, it’s a mammoth!! What an amazing challenge requiring a lot of hard work and determination!

    Also, it’s great to read your experience of training. I can kind of relate to what you’re saying about ‘being boring’ through going back to Uni. I find myself sitting at my desk all day every day (if you can believe it, bloody mature students) with my Anatomy book in front of me and I have to remind myself (and my boyfriend) that you don’t get anywhere without hard work. So from now on when I am looking at some part of a cadaver I will think of you running up hill (and be kind of glad that it’s not me running up a hill!!!)!!! The reward is greater than the short term cost!

    GO HOLLIE! You cain that course!!! xxx

    • Catherine, thanks so much for the inspiring words, I’m so humbled by the support I have been receiving! Yes she is a mammoth, but a great challenge and (hopefully) a tick off the bucket list!

      Awesome work on going back to study, i’ve seen you pass Bursary with ‘limited’ study, so can only expect straight ‘A’s from you now! I’ll think of you when I’m running up those hills too, and be happily running rather than studying!

      Good luck x

  2. Hey Hollie, I too have just set in for the training and lack of a social life, taking on half ironman for the first time. God, it’s very tiring getting super fit!. So,…I know how you feel and keep at it, I personally think the hardest bit is getting up early 😦 or even just out the door for that session. Once you’re into it, it’s not too bad. Throw in a few kids and it gets even tougher so enjoy it and do all these things while you’re young and fit. Good luck!!

    • Thanks Kylie,
      A half ironman is an amazing effort, good luck for all the training. Yes I am very lucky that at present I don’t have any children to try and schedule in too! I love it when I am out there training, and the challenge ahead of me. Thanks, Hollie

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