Racing to recovery

October 27, 2013

If you look at the time between posts on here you’d guess I was lying low and haven’t been up to much; and there is some truth in that. After another dislocation of my shoulder it was decided that surgery was the best option and in early June I went under the knife and had the operation. This did put me out of action for a while but 5 months later I’m happy to say that I’m pretty much fighting fit again.┬áPost-op I was keen to get back to fitness as soon as possible and have some things in the calendar to stop me turning into a complete couch potato. So what have I been up to?

One of the first things was climbing up Snowdon, which is a great thing to do if you haven’t done it before, it was a bit tricky with one arm still hanging by my side but we were rewarded with great views from the top. We took the Miner’s route up from the youth hostel and then the path down to Llanberis.

The view from Snowdon towards Llanberis

The view from Snowdon towards Llanberis

The decision was also made while still in a sling that 3 of the team from Alpe d’Huez would go that bit further and compete in Ironman Austria next year so the entry is in, watch this space. Following on from this I’ve been trying to regain/maintain my fitness as the nights draw in and have done 3 races recently to set the bar.

First of these was the Ipswich Duathlon which was based around Alton Water. Consisting of a 5k run, 23km bike and another 5km run, this was actually my first duathlon I’ve done and it was strange to wear a tri suit and not be swimming! I learned that Suffolk isn’t as flat as I thought but overall I did relatively well, finishing 38th out of 113 in 1:30:42.

Finishing the duathlon

Finishing the duathlon

As the Autumn became more pronounced it was time for the Wiggle South Downs Sportive based in Chichester and heading for 100 miles around the South Downs. After some deliberating as to whether the weather would hold and if we were going to start, I found myself on the way to the start line. Despite some torrential rain in the car on the way there we started fully kitted out in waterproofs, braced for the worst, at least it wasn’t cold!

30 miles into the race my gears went which left me with 2 gears for the remaining 70 hilly miles but the weather held for the first 4 hours and then it did only rain hard 3/4 times for a short period so it could have been much worse! It was a really well organised event and with so many people on the road there was always someone to chat to so I’d recommend any similar sportive.

Photo: UK Cycling Events

Photo: UK Cycling Events

Less than a week later I was back in Suffolk for the Coastal Trail Series where I was doing the half marathon. After doing the Dorset leg of the series last year I was keen to get another one ticked off and I figured that this would be a bit easier than Dorset! Starting from Dunwich and heading up through the marshes/forest/beach to Walberswick and back it was a beautiful and ever changing course which took my attention off the distance. In the end it was a sneaky kilomtetre longer than your standard half marathon but I was really pleased with my time of 01:52:44 placing me 40th of out 192.

Start of the 1/2 Marathon

Start of the 1/2 Marathon. Photo: Vikram