Friday, 9 December 2016

It is the season for xc and cold training...

It has been a little while since I have written a blog and this is due to needing a little break from things, now this for me never ever means a complete break from training, I don't ever need a complete break, I don't think I could do it to myself. Everyone needs to do what they feel is best for them, and a break for me means turning all the gadgets off and just train for a couple of weeks without facts and figures. This might not be in all disciplines but usually does. I had a couple of weeks after storm the form to just chill, and it really helped. I went on holiday and started everything back up, came back, got a chest infection, stopped again and now we are back rolling with things.

Going away to Spain cycling during November was one of the best things I have done. To get that last bit of sun shine before the British aut/wint weather hits was wonderful. I had a great time and got some very good miles in out towards Calpe, Benidorm way. The climbing was bit and most enjoyable, the weather was magical and hot! I loved every second of it. Running with shirt off and watching the sunrise in November on a beach was out of this world!

Sun sun sun!

It is the season for xc and at this time of year all I am trying to do is make sure I don't get injured and keep on running. I have been injury free for almost 8 months now and I can really tell. The key to improving is consistency...keep pushing away and working hard. Also running with some amazing runners in Cheltenham grounds me every time, as I struggle to held onto paces during sessions. They are incredible and can run so fast. It is fantastic training and I love and hate every seconds of it.  

Croome Capability Canter xc  

Croome is a race that sells out within 2mins, it is an iconic place to race as it is a national trust site and I must say the coffee and cake after it exceptional! The race is always packed with a range of athletes but I must say you never know who will have signed up. The race day conditions were great and I went out hard and tried my best to stay away, and it worked. Below is the race report.....

A WORCESTER Athletic Club runner broke the course record as Black Pear Joggers hosted the Croome Capability Canter over 6.5 miles.

Winner Dan Geisler smashed the previous record of 39 minutes 46 seconds, held by fellow Worcester club runner Paul Scriven since 2011, by more than one minute with 38.43.

His fine performance could not be diminished by favourable weather conditions at Croome Park.
The event, led by race director Claire Shacklock, sold out all 350 places at the picturesque venue designed by renowned landscape architect Capability Brown 

Well it wouldn't be the winter without some more baking and with some new support from and amazing company called FUNKY NUY CO. There peanut butter is great and the flavours are fantastic. The range in phenomenal and delicious, which is the most important thing.

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These homemade peanut butter cups are delicious and made with FUNKY NUT peanut butter and PULSIN choc chip drops. They became festive but are great any time of the year, they also have no refined sugar!

Pea and rice protein are a fantastic combination and add perfect amount of essential amino acids for recovery. They are perfect for vegans and veganuary which I will be taking part in. To give up meat and animal products for a whole month will be a new experience, but hopefully an insightful one!

Entering into the festive period for me actually means more time for training and recovery, which is always a balancing act with work. Training longer and recovering longer building some good strength ready for the 2017 seasons.