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Hoping for a Miracle

This week should have been a really exciting week for me instead its turned into a nightmare :-(

My big goal for this year was to run my first half marathon the Perkins Great Eastern Run

IMG_1696Earlier in the year I had doubts that I could run that far but encouraged along by my friends I started my training and found to my delight that not only could I do the distance but I actually enjoyed it too.

Then 2 weeks ago disaster struck and my Achilles started hurting, which I made  worse by running at parkrun on my birthday.

Drastic action was needed so I booked myself in for a sports massage with Carolyn Western who worked wonders on my legs and took most of the pain away.

I have had total rest this week not even walking to work,and I have been heating icing stretching and massaging and hoping that I will be able to run on Sunday

One thing I know for sure ……. there will be tears, either of joy pain or disappointment !!!!

My Birthday Weekend

As my birthday fell on a weekend it was easy to decide what I wanted to do, Kings Lynn Parkrun and SWNC club ride, two things that have become very important to me.

My lovely friends Gina and Jayne were going to come over from Norwich and join me for parkrun and lunch and with Geoff having returned from his travels it was going to be a lovely day but even I never expected the surprise Geoff had in store for me.

Geoff gave me an unexpected parcel which when opened was a Belkin WeMo Switch, now as we are into gadgets I thought great something else to play with !!

After a few minutes Geoff said are you not going to open the box…..  I was thinking my friends will be here in half an hour maybe I should open it later…   but I opened it and almost died with shock when inside I found another box……

Which was a Garmin Edge 1000 !!!!!!!!

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When Gina and Jayne arrived at 8am I was in a dizzy excited mood to say the least but we managed to get ourselves and the cakes I had baked to parkrun on time. Where we enjoyed a lovely chatty run and much to my delight everyone enjoyed the carrot cake I had made.

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In the afternoon we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Marriotts Warehouse then I hobbled home as my achilles was very sore by this time :-(

Gina and Jayne left around 5pm and I spent the evening playing with my Garmin and setting it up ready for Sunday’s club ride.

Earlier on in the week SWNC had asked me where I wanted to ride too, I knew straight away that I wanted to go to the Bedlingfeld Arms, a club ride I had always missed before.

We woke to a cold still morning so wrapped up well and set off at 8.30 I was so excited about trying my new Garmin out which had the route on ready to follow

We had a fantastic ride out to the Bedlingfeld arms in brilliant Autumn sunshine, the landlady laid on lovely tea/coffee and cake for us and my Garmin worked so well I was shouting out the directions at most junctions, when not too busy chatting !

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A great weekend shared with lovely people :-) and I am so lucky not to just have a Garmin but the Garmin 1000 which is totally amazing

KLCC Reliability Ride

Yesterday was my first reliability ride, organised by KLCC, I was not quite sure what to expect but it was fun :-)

Basically you have 2 routes to choose from a 100km and a 50km and you choose the time you expect to do it in.

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100km Cappuccino Target Time <4hr10 to 4hr45>

100km Espresso Target Time <3hr30 to 4hr05>

50km Cappuccino Target Time <2hr10 to 2hr40>
50km Espresso Target Time <1hr40 to 2hr10>

I really wanted to do the 100km but as I have been poorly decided to be sensible and choose the 50km.

There was 10 in our little group including Pete from Wisbech Wheelers , he was a great group rider and put the slower riders (and lets face it we all have off days )  in the front so us faster ones did not push the pace too fast which would result in splitting the group up.

This worked really well, the only time we split, was up the hills then the first up waited for the rest to catch up before setting off again.

We also rode in pairs,when it was safe to do so, chatting away, switching partners every now again which made it very sociable and fun.

We easily finished in our estimated time doing 32 miles in 2 hours 14 mins.

Having perfect weather and a lovely group to ride with made this a great day.

Next week we are going to do the 50 mile social ride with the Wisbech Wheelers from Sandringham Then its the epic  Wiggle No Excuses sportive :-)

Hectic !

Life has been pretty hectic since I came home from Les Gets, not that I am complaining, as I like it this way :-)

I started back to work with a 10 hour shift, have seen many lovely massage clients, biked over 100 miles and ran 11 miles…

Something new is a 7am Yoga fitness class at the Fitness studios Kings Lynn, which I am hoping will improve my flexibility just a little but mainly stretch me, in many ways, especially as its on a

Tuesday morning after a midnight shift at Tesco on the Monday.

I took the plunge and went for my bike fit, which resulted in my seat being put up a foot, well not quite but it feels that way, most importantly though I have progressed to clip in pedals, which I am told will make a huge difference, so watch this space …

We had another British Cycling Go-Ride ladies only training session, which was really fun and enjoyable so I have booked in for the next 2 sessions as well.

This weekend Its off to Cambridge to say hello and goodbye to Geoff who is just home long enough for a massage and a hair cut before he’s off on his travels to Vietnam

Next weekend a walking friend is coming to stay and we are having a walking weekend at Castle Acre with the Cambridge Rambling Club.

Then a biking day In Norwich with another friend is on the cards and the big one is the Wiggle No Excuses Sportive on March 1st followed by the LDWA Daffodil Dawdle on March 30th A fab way to spend Mothers day :-)

If I am not knackered after all that there are plenty more plans…………..

Better late than never !

Finally today I have baked our Christmas cake, something I love to do every year, I enjoy trying out a different Christmas cake recipe each year, I even made one last year and took it in my luggage to Les Gets

photo (22)This year though I seem to have lost my MoJo for baking and cooking, something I thought you would never hear me say :-(

I think there are two reasons for this…

With Geoff away travelling so much and the boys cooking for themselves and their girlfriends, its no fun cooking just for me so I suppose I have just got out of the habit :-(

and then of course there is the cost and time.

So the most exciting thing I seem to make is soup as its quick easy and don’t cost a lot to make.

The cake recipe I have tried this year is a simple one, BE-RO Christmas Cake .

Hopefully my MoJo will have returned in time for cooking the Christmas Lunch,else it will be a Turkey sandwich and a bike ride :-)

An Extra Shift…

I have just done my last Monday evening over time shift for Mr T

As from next Monday it will become a permanent contracted shift, 6pm to mid-night.

Having never worked such a late shift its going to be interesting, I often wonder who shops so late at night and now I am about to find out.

Must say I am rather pleased about this extra shift especially as It wont interfere with anything else I do :-)

I just hope I like it !!