I won the Edinburgh Triathletes Club Championship last year, and got this rather splendid trophy: look it has my name on it! It is a little large for drinking malt whisky from, but I gave it a good go on the awards night. In truth I sort of won it by default: I competed in more of the club’s target races than any other lady, so it actually didn’t matter how well I did. In most years the competition is a bit fiercer, and I wouldn’t normally stand a chance. But hey, I’m proud of my achievement! I’ve never won anything for sports before, so this means a lot. The reason I mention this fantastic achievement, in passing you understand, is purely because part of the prize was the physiotherapy equivalent of an MOT check, which I finally claimed this week. (MOT = car safety and roadworthiness test in the UK). Continue reading “Week Twelve: MOT fail”
This week I competed in a 10K race with 4349 other people, even though I was running alone, and could pick my own route and start time. Most of my competitors weren’t even in the same country as me. This was a new experience for me, and a good one. Before explaining how it worked I need to introduce you to my favourite bit of running/cycling geekery: the mobile phone app Strava. It’s not an exaggeration: this app has revolutionised my training, and has really motivated me. The app uses the phone’s GPS to record speed and distance during my runs and cycles: while there are other apps that do this I’ve never found one that works as well as Strava.
So why is it so good? Continue reading “Week Eleven: virtual 10K”