December 1st: The day I planned to start back training. This came and went, and 2 weeks on there was still not much training happening. I was still doing little bits of what I felt like but I wasn't ready to start back into a structured routine just yet. Plus the UK winter wasn't doing much to motivate me to get back into it. So when the opportunity to join one of my training buddies Kate and her husband in Lanzarote for a week of warm weather training I couldn't turn it down. What's another couple of flights when you've already done 17 (this year!) I would have to get fit again at some point so I might as well start somewhere nice.
December 17th: Lanzarote.
Finally some sunshine! But it wasn't all luxury and sunbathing, there was some cycling to be done. I love riding my bike, but this week wasn't pretty. Most days I was dragging myself out of bed, muscles aching that I didn't even know I had. And this was only cycling. What was I going be like with swimming and running thrown into the mix! Still it was a fun week, I came back fitter than when I got there and with the tan lines to prove it!
December 26th: Scotland.
Home on Christmas eve to swap my time trial bike for my mountain bike and head to Scotland with Doug. It's been a while since I've been to Scotland but the seven stanes trail centres in the Scottish Borders are amazing! We stayed in the Macdonald Cardrona hotel, cycling distance from Innerleithen and Glentress. Days were spent playing on the trails and I was able to put my new skills to the test on the glentress black route. A definite bucket list trail if you're into off road riding. Sadly after 4 days it was time to head home and back to reality.
January 1st: Back to training.
The New Year and I can no longer be in denial about starting back and have now completed 2 full weeks of swim, bike, run training. So far I've ticked all the boxes but starting from scratch is always hard. I've never had a break quite this long before but I know it will get easier. I still to cut down the cake consumption which is still a bit excessive, but one thing at a time!